7 Star Homes Program – Stream B: Training

Last updated: 5 October 2021

6-to-7-star training

This opportunity will assist builders and relevant building trades to transition to building homes that meet higher energy efficiency standards. The free training will include online learning modules, case studies and specification/handbook documents.

There will be two course modules provided as part of this training:

  1. Designing and building energy-efficient homes

    This module will focus on the design and fit out of 7-star homes. It will include both a focus on thermal envelope as well as fixed appliances, for a whole-of-home approach. This course will give builders, designers and associated professionals theoretical knowledge and practical skills to upgrade a 6-star design to 7 stars or to design a new home that meets 7-star standards.

    Access and training will also be provided for Sustainability Victoria’s pilot Whole-of-Home tool. This tool can be used to support the design process and assess energy performance, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy costs, associated with various fixed appliance options.

  2. Correct installation and build verification

    This module will provide practical advice on correct installation of insulation to meet 7-star standards. It will also provide guidance for relevant tradespersons on how to install insulation around fixed assets such as windows, electrical wires, and plumbing, without compromising the integrity of the insulation, and in turn the home’s air tightness.

    The module will also cover all areas of as-built verification, with recommended tests to ensure homes are built to perform as per the design specification.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this opportunity you must meet one of the criteria:

  • Work for a registered builder or land developer.
  • Be a qualified tradesperson.
  • Be a qualified assessor.
  • Be a qualified architect/draftsperson.

Whole-of-Home tool training

We are currently developing a pilot Whole-of-Home tool to align with proposed changes to the National Construction Code.

This induction and training will support NatHERS assessors to include fixed appliances when completing an energy-efficiency assessment of a home. The tool will work together with FirstRate5 as an additional means of measuring energy efficiency beyond the current NatHERS star rating.

The pilot tool will also support builders and designers to consider the benefits of a whole-of-home approach when designing and selling sustainable and energy-efficient products. Support for builders to use this tool is included in the 6-to-7-star training.

To learn more about the positive impacts of a whole-of-home approach, read this case study.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this opportunity you must be a registered NatHERS assessor.

Builders, designers, architects and engineers can also access this training.

Register your interest

To register for Stream B training opportunities, submit your expression of interest.