CaGBC offers new Sustainable Building Advisor program for first time in Ontario
January 24, 2012 - Working professionals interested in sustainability and green building now have a new learning tool at their disposal– the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is launching the Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) program beginning March 23.
By Alyssa Dalton
The SBA course is the latest offering from the CaGBC and focuses on practical, forward-thinking ways to design, construct and manage buildings that are resource efficient and cost effective, said CaGBC. This program, being offered for the first time in Ontario, is a nine-month course with only two in-class sessions per month. According to CaGBC, it requires no existing green building education or experience.
Jeff Ranson will be the lead instructor for the program in Toronto, bringing with him experience as both a project manager for several commercial building projects in downtown Toronto and various green building events in Canada. His work includes CMHC’s EQuilibrium Zero Energy Homes pilot; managing the Green Building Festival; and developing green building showcases for RBC’s Olympic Torch Relay. Ranson will be joined by other Canadian experts and guest speakers to be announced at a later date.
“We are thrilled to deliver the SBA program as part of our roster of educational offerings,” said Cynthia Bland, manager, Education and Delivery, CaGBC. “The SBA course’s unique structure and curriculum clearly speak for itself – our inaugural course in March is already over 60% full. Newly signed up participants are telling us that they are excited not just by the format, but by the new benefits the SBA course brings forward.”
Upon completing the course, graduates earn the designation of a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA) and will achieve 100 CE hours toward their LEED Professional credential maintenance.
CaGBC plans to offer the course in Quebec and Manitoba in the future.