Due to COVID-19, all face-to-face courses at BCIT are suspended.
The BCIT ZEBLC team responded with developing fully online, very interactive, industry-led ZEB courses (see details below).
We are passionate about the BC Energy Step Code and the Passive House Standard. All our courses have been developed to stay true to our passion.
The courses we offer are practical and hands-on with typically 50% to 80% of the content being experiential in a lab. Our courses are short to meet the needs of busy construction practitioners. Our courses range in length from 1/2 day to 5 days. All of our instructors come from industry and are leaders in their area of expertise. Our promise is that you will only learn from the stars of the construction industry.
You will find below:
- List of Energy Step Code courses offered at BCIT (NOW 100% ONLINE)
- List of Passive House courses offered at BCIT (TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF COVID)
- List of grants you can access to take our Energy Step Code and Passive House courses
- List of other BCIT courses that can help you build your Zero Energy Buildings career
Energy Step Code Training – ONLINE
All you need to know about ZEBs and the BC Energy Step Code, in 4 short courses:
You can also take all 4 above courses at once by registering to:
The now fully online ZEB courses are tailored to busy construction professionals allowing you to enhance your toolbox with the knowledge and skills to build to the BC Energy Step Code. Our new courses focus on hands on demos and construction problem-solving ensuring your learning occurs using real life mockups.
We are fully online, but the courses are “almost face-to-face”. These are NOT 100% PowerPoint based online courses…
Here is a trailer we produced to get you interested in our courses:
Here is an example of mockup we use to deliver our courses:
Passive House Tradesperson Training
Not currently offered because of COVID-19
To protect our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ZEB Learning Centre will not be offering our hands-on CESA 1500 course during the Fall 2020 semester.
The ZEB Learning Centre has several shorter duration courses to help you develop knowledge to meet the requirements of the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code including the Passive House standard.
These courses cover ZEB Fundamentals (CESA 1001), ZEB Airtightness (CESA 1110), ZEB Assembly Details (CESA 1120), and ZEB Mechanicals (CESA 1140) and have been adapted for fully online delivery with live-stream construction instructional sessions from our high performance building lab. Together these courses give you exposure to many of the same topics as CESA 1500 with new hands-on demonstrations.
This five-day course provides the knowledge and practical hands-on skills that building contractors, designers, consultants and advanced students need to build to the Passive House standard; an internationally recognized ultra-low energy standard. The course focuses on building enclosure optimization and provides a foundation in passive house principles while stressing the importance of construction fundamentals and proper sequencing and using a variety of materials. An introduction to heat and energy recovery ventilators (HRV) is also provided.
CESA 1500 – Passive House Tradesperson Course offered at BCIT
[Not currently offered because of COVID-19]
If you are working in the construction industry within the city of Vancouver you may be eligible for a partially subsidized offering of CESA 1500 Passive House Tradesperson course. To learn more:
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.
The BCIT High Performance Building Lab is the first of its kind in Canada. It has been developed in partnership with industry partners in order to provide hands-on training in zero energy buildings using an envelope-first approach. With three integrated zones, the lab creates space for education that will elevate the state of practice of high performance buildings in BC.
Other BCIT Courses
Here is a list of other BCIT courses and programs that can help you build your Zero Energy Buildings career:
- Carpentry Trades (Foundation and Apprenticeship)
- Architectural and Building Technology Diploma
- Building Science (Master)
- Mechanical Engineering Degree
- Renewable Energy Electrical Systems Installation & Maintenance (Advanced Certificate)
- Sustainable Energy Management (Advanced Certificate)
- Building Controls and Energy Management (Advanced Certificate)
- Solar Energy Courses
- Energy Modeling Course
- Graduate Certificate in Building Energy Modelling