Building Professionals Learn Green


Builders, designers and trades people wanting to get the latest information on energy-efficient construction practices and gain a certification to demonstrate their new competence will start the Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) class in January 2016.

There is a great deal of hype around green building. This course separates hype from science to help building professionals make informed decisions about design, construction and equipment selection. The course is offered by Earth Advantage Institute, so it doesn’t favor specific materials or products.

SHP provides a rigorous curriculum on high-performance residential construction. Six monthly two-day sessions include interactive workshops, site visits, guest speakers, outside reading, homework, and a final project. Comprehensive training is provided on advanced building science topics such as integrated design, thermal envelope performance, mechanical systems, health, materials, and resource efficiency. Particular focus is given to high-performance materials and techniques needed to achieve zero-energy homes. Students gain the technical knowledge and tools needed to successfully add sustainable building practices to their businesses.

“I have been in residential construction for 30 years and this class is changing the way that I have been building up to now,” says Michael Scannell of WoodCraft Building Inc.

This course is an approved 400-level mastery course of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Education Provider Program. SHP is eligible to provide CCB continuing education elective credits for builders and contractors, learning units for architects with AIA membership and credit for Certified Passive House Consultants.

The course instructor is Bruce Sullivan of the firm BASE zero, LLC. He has been a green building expert for more than 30 years, including seven years as Green Building Consultant with Earth Advantage Institute in Bend.

Bruce Sullivan, BASE zero, LLC
Earth Advantage website


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