University of British Columbia Continuing Studies Centre for Sustainability

LEED® Green Building Strategies and Green Associate Exam Preparation
This practical, 36-hour course introduces the LEED framework and provides comprehensive preparation for the LEED Green Associate exam, a first step towards becoming a green building practitioner. The LEED Green Associate credential distinguishes practitioners with a sound knowledge of green design, construction and operations. Designed by the Canada Green Building Council, this course will provide an overview of the techniques, approaches, materials and technologies used in the LEED rating systems. Through a wide range of examples, case studies and site visits, participants will be able to:

  • understand the imperative for a green transformation of our built environment;
  • explain the key components of the LEED rating system;
  • apply core concepts and strategies to achieve success using the LEED rating      system; and
  • determine where different LEED rating systems can be applied.

This 10-session course takes place over eight Tuesdays (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.) and two Saturdays (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) from January 22 to March 12, 2013 at UBC Robson Square, 800 Granville Street, Vancouver. No previous experience is required. Register online at

36 Core LUs


Building Green with LEED: LEED Canada for New Construction Rating System 2009

This 36-hour course will provide an in-depth review of the LEED Canada for New Construction Rating System. It will  benefit those professionals involved in the design and construction processes of green buildings. Participants will develop their technical proficiency in this latest standard, supporting those planning to write the LEED Professional Accreditation exam with the Building Design + Construction specialty. In addition, current LEED APs will receive all of the continuing education requirements needed to update to the LEED AP BD+C credential. Using a wide range of examples, case studies and resource materials, this course will enable participants to:

  • demonstrate technical proficiency with the specific requirements of the LEED Canada NC Rating System 2009;
  • recognize the synergies between specific green building strategies;
  • work collaboratively within an integrated design process to implement these strategies;
  • perform cost-benefit analyses of green building strategies to calculate simple paybacks;
  • grasp the limitations of design and the practical application of the Rating System; and
  • utilize the LEED Letter Templates and other tools to develop certification documentation.

This 10-session course takes place over eight Thursdays (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.) and two Saturdays (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) from January 24 to March 14, 2013 at UBC Robson Square, 800 Granville Street, Vancouver. LEED Green Building Strategies and Green Associate Exam Preparation or experience working in the building industry is recommended prior to taking this course. Register online at

36 Core LUs


Passive House Design and Construction
Based on the 2010 international Certified European Passive House (CEPH) training program, this interactive 36-hour course will address the practice and tools needed for Passive House construction. Architects, engineers, builders, sustainability consultants, building code professionals, and others with an interest in green building will gain the practical tools and resources needed to adapt this energy-efficient design standard to Canadian building codes. This 10-session course takes place over eight Wednesdays (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.) and two Saturdays (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) from January 30 to March 20, 2013 at UBC Robson Square, 800 Granville Street, Vancouver. Register online at

36 core LUs

2013 PD Course Schedule

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the AIBC’s  2013 Course Schedule for will not be available until next week. At that time you will be able to access course information and register for sessions online by visiting the Professional Development web page at Thank you for your patience and understanding.


AIBC President’s Message, December 6, 2012

New Appointees to AIBC Council

I am pleased to advise that the provincial government has confirmed the selection of two Lieutenant Governor Appointees to AIBC Council. Our newest council members, effective immediately, are:

·        Joe W. Thompson – Joe is the Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Student Services and Sector Resource Management, and the Executive Financial Officer of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.  Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Post Secondary Finance with the same ministry.  Mr. Thompson was also the Director of Finance and Decision Support, and the Manager of Financial Operations with the Ministry of Education.  He holds a diploma in Business Administration from Camosun College as well as a Certified General Accountant designation.

·         Steven Simons – Steven is the owner of Beyond.Action Strategy Consulting. Previously, he served as Leader of Performance and Planning, and Leader of Corporate Affairs for the BC Oil and Gas Commission.  He has also been Chief of Staff and Director of Offshore Oil and Gas Projects at the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines.  Active in the community, Mr. Simons has been the Volunteer Campaign Coordinator for the FCC United Way and FCC Cops for Cancer.  He was an Advisory Council Member and Marketing Committee Member of the BC Cancer Foundation, and is presently an MBA Candidate Mentor for the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business MBA Mentorship Program.  Mr. Simons holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria, a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from British Columbia Institute of Technology, and has successfully completed several professional growth and development courses.

The province’s Board Resourcing and Development Office designates LG Appointees, a voluntary role, to regulatory bodies such as the AIBC with the express purpose of protecting the public interest. There are four such positions on AIBC Council. This announcement addresses two of three vacancies created by recent LG resignations. A third appointee is expected in the near future.

As always, should you have additional questions, I invite you to contact me directly. Your interest and concern is welcomed.


David Yustin Architect AIBC
AIBC Council President