Sustainable Homes Course


Trevor Berrill (M. Env.Ed., Dip. Mech. Eng., Cert. Energy Manmgt.)

Trevor is an award winning educator and systems consultant with over 40 years experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Course Content

The topics covered include:

  • Energy efficient internal fittings/appliances & energy auditing,
  • Energy efficient building design,
  • Solar PV electricity with/without battery storage
  • Solar water heating,
  • Rain water harvesting and grey water reuse.

Feedback from previous course attendees

“Brilliant! Very practical.”

“I found the course to be invaluable in filling in the details about different aspects of sustainable houses that I have been researching. The information was unbiased and has given me lots to think about.”

“Very informative – good to hear from someone with both technical expertise and real life experience.”

Bookings are essential – please register your interest via the email address below.

Max. Number of participants – 8
Min. Number of participants – 4

29 Burnett St. (Cnr Edith St.) Wellington Point
(5 mins from Train Station)


$150 per person

Ph. 07 3207 5077 Mob. 0400 177 283

29 Burnett St., Wellington Point, Q. 4160

Please note that payment is via on-line banking (1 week in advance) or cash. Details will be sent via email.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to register on the first day. (ie. 8-45am)

Morning and afternoon teas provided.

Sustainable Homes Program – 2017

Day 1

Session No. Time Content
1 9:00 Welcome and Program Objectives / Introductions
2 9:15 The Energy Audit – measuring energy usage of appliances, understanding your energy bills.
10:30 Break
3 10:45 Energy efficient appliances – what to look for?
4 11:30 Energy efficient building design – the key elements: insulation, orientation, glazing, shading, thermal mass, ventilation and landscaping.
12:30 Lunch
5 1:15 Solar water heating – system types, sizing, costs, performance and booster control, installation issues.
7 14:30 Workshop – Answers to common questions
15:30 Finish


Day 2

Session No. Time Content
1 9:00 Grid Connected PV Systems –system types, components, size, performance, costs, installation issues.
10:30 Break
2 10:45 Rain water systems – water demand, conservation and management, rain water tank configurations (Aust. Standards) and system components, pollutant sources, optimising tank size to demand, rainfall and roof area.
3 11:15 Grey water systems – key safety issues, system types, regulations, costs.
4 12:00 Putting it all together Workshop – Answers to common questions
13:00 Finish