All our courses are currently delivered online (because of COVID-19) with a primary delivery live from the BCIT High Performance Building lab. Now you can have the best of two worlds; you can learn from the comfort of your home and get a practical learning experience as if you were in the lab with our industry experts / instructors. We only use PowerPoint when absolutely needed! And it’s not pre-recorded, so you get to ask as many live questions as you need!
Thank you to our partners for making it possible to move our courses online.
Registrations are now open for our Zero Energy Buildings Mechanical Systems course.
This course will assist builders, contractors, and designers to advance their understanding of the design, installation, and verification practices needed to realize performance of HVAC mechanical equipment and meet the requirements of the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code including the Passive House standard.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain how an Integrated Design Process can lead to achieving efficient mechanical systems performing as intended.
- Demonstrate understanding of application of best practices during the design and tender stages of mechanical systems.
- Learn and apply best practices for equipment selection and sizing of mechanical systems.
- Explain the value of various high performance heating, ventilation and cooling strategies (passive and active) and interactions between systems in air-tight buildings.
- Demonstrate proficiency with use of standard High Performance Construction checklists in a construction environment.
- Be aware of the importance of planning and coordination from design through to construction and testing to meet the Part 9 requirements of the BC Energy Step Code.
The course is scheduled to run this spring from June 8th to June 22th. For more info and to register, go to www.bcit.ca/cesa1140.
Single-Family and Low-Rise Residential buildings
We have 2 fully online ZEB courses tailored to busy construction professionals. The courses allow you to enhance your toolbox with the knowledge and skills to build to the BC Energy Step Code and the Passive House standard. They focus on providing you with hands-on demonstrations and construction problem-solving. This ensures you learn using construction mockups and real project examples. Our courses are delivered by a diverse team of industry expert instructors.
OPTION #1: CESA 1505 Zero Energy Buildings – All-in-one
This course will provide a comprehensive study of Part 9 residential Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB’s) to ensure that that builders, designers, consultants and tradespeople have the applied knowledge to build to the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code, Net-Zero Energy or the Passive House standard. Get more information and register here.
OPTION #2: CESA 1501 Passive House Tradesperson
This course will provide a comprehensive study of residential Passive House construction to ensure that that builders, site supervisors, general contractors, tradespeople, and designers or consultants have the applied knowledge to build to the Passive House standard. Get more information and register here.
THE CITY OF VANCOUVER COURSE REBATES ARE BACK:
In cooperation with BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment, the City of Vancouver is giving skilled builders and tradespersons in their communities the opportunity to take this course on Passive House construction at a reduced cost.
Options #1 and #2, what’s the difference:
When you take Option #2 (CESA 1501), you get to take the core CESA 1505 (Option #2) lectures (building science, airtightness and assemblies) plus you get a series of lectures specific to the Passive House standard, including lectures on passive house principles, components, mechanical systems and certification. You also get an exam preparation (Passive House Tradesperson Certification) session.
Have 80 to 100% of tuition cost covered by a WorkBC grant
Students taking our hands-on courses (Passive House and BC Energy Step Code) are successfully securing grants to cover up to 100% of tuition costs! Click here for more information.
Tips on how to register
Pay by bank transfer, or have your company invoiced. Find out more.
Mid and High-Rise Residential and Commercial buildings
We offer a very interactive online course (www.bcit.ca/cesa0100) that focuses on detail options to mitigate thermal bridging and increase airtightness for mid and high-rise buildings. The course explores the following topics:
- Overview of the BC Energy Step Code for Part 3 Buildings;
- Thermal bridging review and examples;
- Design strategies to achieve zero energy ready buildings;
- Related considerations, including costing, constructability, and site quality control.
The course is mostly broadcasted from the BCIT High Performance Building lab.
Private workshop options
We have developed a suite of workshops that introduce advanced construction practices for the BC Energy Step Code and Passive House Standard. Click here to learn more.
Who should take our courses and workshops?
We have designed our courses to help different construction practitioners with understanding the building science and construction details and practices associated with the BC Energy Step Code and the Passive House standard. This should be of interest to you if you are:
- A builder
- A sub-trade
- An energy advisor
- A building official
- A designer
- And more
We are fully online, but the courses are “almost face-to-face”. These are NOT 100% PowerPoint based online courses…
Spring 2020 course offering – Satisfaction survey results are out!
Here is a summary of what our last cohort of students told us about the courses (feedback from CESA 1505, formerly labelled CESA 1005):
- 95% students satisfied with course overall
- 90% satisfaction with knowledge gained
- 100% satisfaction with mock-ups and teaching props used during the course
- 100% satisfaction with job aids provided with the course package
- 95% satisfaction with lectures, recaps, and online content
“I have learnt an incredible amount over the past 10 weeks. You have taken a fledgling high performance enthusiast and given them both wings and more importantly the confidence to fly! The team you assembled were brilliant, each in their own way they conveyed what was important to them and why. Thank you!”
“Really enjoyed the course, well done. Super helpful for me as I plan my step 5 build. If not for being on line I would never have been able to participate.”
“This was a really great course, thanks to everyone who put so much time into the innovative delivery!”
“It was nice to have a variety of lecturers with different perspectives.”
“All BCIT contributors to this course have done an outstanding job! The hard work and effort that is needed to create the material & organization was evident in each section. Thank-you for sharing your knowledge!”