Features and Pricing

SDS Masterclass is a collaborative effort of the following organisations:

SustainAbility Design Specialist (SDS) Masterclass is a comprehensive four day training course that has been developed collaboratively by senior members of BDA Australia and Australian Institute of Architects to significantly raise the level of sustainability knowledge of residential building designers and architects.


Learning outcomes:

  • leverage the increasingly demanding market in renovations and new builds that can deliver beautiful holistic solutions to affordability, responsiveness to climate, and comfort for your clients.
  • achieve high-level technical design competencies in thermal performance, smart energy services, water efficiency, good materials and waste reduction.
  • be well prepared for rising compliance standards in building design and construction.
  • apply the new practices and ancient principles that deliver on a range of design outcomes from low to zero carbon to net positive impact homes.
  • effectively market the value proposition for SustainAbility Design practices and inclusions to your clients.

SDS Masterclass comprehensively covers four modules:

  1. Thermal performance
  2. Water and waste water
  3. Energy systems
  4. Good materials

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Upon completion of the SDS Masterclass you will receive:

  • SustainAbility Design Specialist icon for your marketing
  • Certificate of completion

CPD Points

Building Designers

Receive 24 CPD points.

Registered Architects

You can earn 1 formal CPD point for each hour of learning. There will be 24 learning hours in total.

In addition, participants who author an article published in a journal or magazine can claim up to 5 hours formal CPD.

Importantly, architects must record CPD against the four units of competency that defines architectural practice; design, documentation, project delivery and practice management.

Download the CPD Activity Record that the NSW Architects Registration Board expects participants to complete.

For more information on CPD refer to the NSW Architects Registration Board’s information sheet on CPD.


BDA Australia Members = $1,200
AIA Members = $1,360
Non Members = $1,600
Students = $770

The price includes catering and excludes GST.