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With the shift towards energy efficient buildings, few architects, builders or building designers have considered the adverse impact this may have on the health of the occupants.
New homes have become so 'air tight' they have come at the cost of human health. Poor passive ventilation has resulted in increased condensation issues and mould complaints, and poor indoor air quality arising from the chemicals outgassing from building materials and imported furnishings. Furthermore, building a steel-framed home on a concrete slab and metal roof allows radiofrequencies used in wireless technologies to bounce around the home, potentially increasing the occupant's exposure to radiation that the World Health Organisation recently classified as "possibly carcinogenic to humans". This course provides the knowledge and the skills to assess a building material’s effect on human health and its impact on indoor air quality, including analysis of toxic vapours, radioactivity and electroclimate. The building biology principles that underpin good building design are described with a focus on suitable designs for temperate, hot humid and arid climates. Upon successful completion, students will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment. The units of competence for this course form part of the Advanced Diploma of Building Biology (10194NAT).

Video: Building a Healthy Home presentation by Nicole Bijlsma.

Minimum age requirement is 18 years old. Apart from that, there are no prerequisites and we assume no previous knowledge in building, architecture or building design.


 Subject  Cost  Online /On campus  Learner Guide Prerequisite
Building Materials  $795  Online only  Download No
Building a Healthy Home  $795  Online only  Download Yes (Building Materials)


The assessments are specifically developed to ensure you have the necessary knowledge to design healthy homes. There are two assessments: an essay on life cycle analysis, and a building project that requires you to analyse all of the building materials in your home for their impact on human health, indoor air quality and the electroclimate. To achieve this, you will learn about the Building Biology Rating Criteria. You will receive a Statement of Attainment following successful completion of these two unit of competencies.

Total cost is $1,590 ($795 per subject) which includes comprehensive manuals, videos of the lectures and access to a trainer.

Successful completion of the Building Materials and Building Design subjects can be credited towards the nationally accredited course: Advanced Diploma of Building Biology (10194NAT).

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