National Seminar Series 2016

National Seminar Series

The National Seminar Series is a selection of high-quality seminars delivered across Australia. Seminars cover topics addressing each of the competency standards: Design, Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management. If you would like to suggest a topic or if you have any feedback please contact the CPD Team.

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The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing

The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing

The world faces an urgent challenge in creating a living future that is “culturally rich, socially just and ecologically restorative”. How can we ensure good standards of living for all, while having a positive rather than negative impact on the world? The architectural profession can have a crucial role in this opportunity, with good, smart housing a great place to start.

Caroline Pidcock will address the leading approaches to zero emission housing around the world and how this could affect Australian directions in the future.  This seminar will also explore how integrated design teams and responses are integral to achieving these goals.

                              GBCA Greenstar

 Units of competency: design                      GBCA 2 CPD points


Non Member $110
Member $76 
A+ Member $68
Graduate $35
SONA Member $25

Non Member Livestream $58
Member Livestream $38
SONA Livestream $25




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Victorian Chapter
Level 2, 41 Exhibition St
Melbourne, VIC 

2 August 

 9:00am - 11:30am

Register prior COB 1 August

NSW Chapter
3 Manning St
Potts Point, NSW 

4 August 

9:00am - 11:30am

Register prior COB 3 August

Queensland Chapter
Level 1, 70 Merivale St
South Brisbane, QLD

11 August

9:00am - 11:30am

Register prior COB 10 August

**content also available
on-demand for two weeks
post livestream**

2 August

9:00am - 11:30am AEST

Register prior COB 1 August

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, attendees will be able to: 

  • Describe the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s (ASBEC) definition of zero emission buildings

  • Identify some of the leading approaches to zero emission buildings around the world

  • Discuss the likely Australian regulations that might be developed

  • Discuss the importance of an integrated team approach

  • Describe the process in selecting the most appropriate materials

  • Assess some of the important attributes detailing needs to achieve


Caroline Pidcock

Caroline Pidcock is the passionate force who started PIDCOCK. She has genuine interest and experience in sustainable built environments which has been developed and enhanced through her involvement in a wide range of professional, academic and other commitments.

In addition to being a director of PIDCOCK, other current roles include being a member of the CRCLCL Node of Excellence Steering Committee, Living Futures Institute Australia (LFIA) and Sacred Heart Education Ministry Boards, member of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) Design Review Panel and ambassador for both the Al Gore Climate Change and 1 Million Women projects.


Further Resources

The Environment Design Guide (EDG) is a subscription based publication of over 200 peer-reviewed design notes covering sustainability in the built environment for architects and allied professionals. A+, graduate and student members of the Australian Institute of Architects receive complimentary access to EDG design notes through their member log-in details. All other Institute members receive a discounted subscription rate for single and multi-user categories.  

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Terms & conditions for CPD events

  1. The Australian Institute of Architects has the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue of an event.  
  2. In the event of cancellation, on demand video of the presentation or a refund will be offered to the registrant.
  3. Applications for refunds require two (2) working days notice prior to the event. 
  4. People attending in replace of the registered person must pay the ticket fee associated with their membership type. 
  5. Please note that start and end times are an estimation. Some seminars may finish earlier or later than the proposed time.