Courses and Timeline

The program requires that 4 courses be taken, each taking 2 weeks of study time. The program will take about 60 hours to complete.

The program is offered during the Winter/Spring session each year (February – April). Students may register and complete all courses in one session or spread out the courses (in order of prerequisite requirements) over a 2-year time frame.

Each course in this program will require approximately 15 hours of learner’s time. The program has 4 mandatory courses:

  • Building Embodied Carbon Accounting
    • October 14 – 25, 2024
  • Building Operational Carbon Accounting
    • October 28 – November 8, 2024
  • Negative Carbon Emission Strategies
    • November 18 – 29, 2024
  • Zero Carbon Building Practices
    • December 2 – 13, 2024

Courses must be taken in sequential order, as they build on one another, but may be taken individually, in different sessions within a two-year time frame, to receive the micro-certificate.

Timeline to Completion

Participants have the flexibility to set their own timeline to completion, within a maximum of two years.

Course Descriptions

Course 1: Building Embodied Carbon Accounting

Embodied carbon emissions are derived from the manufacturing, transport, installation, use and end-of-life of building materials. This course focuses on carbon emissions across the entire life cycle of the building including upfront carbon from material production and construction phases, embodied carbon during the use stage and carbon emission happening at the end-of-life cycle.

Course 2: Building Operational Carbon Accounting

Operational carbon emissions are associated with energy use and the release of refrigerants during regular building operations. This course will cover the direct emissions including fugitive emissions from refrigerants, combustion of fossil fuels and combustion of biogenic materials. This course also covers indirect operational emissions that do not occur directly by the building, such as emissions from district heating and cooling and grid electricity.

Course 3: Negative Carbon Emission Strategies

Negative emissions are emissions reductions that occur outside of the value chain or life cycle of a building. This course will cover negative emission solutions such as carbon offset projects, carbon capturing and green power export as renewable energy.

Course 4: Zero Carbon Building Practices

This course will provide opportunities for professionals to design and plan their building carbon emissions based on the knowledge learned from the first three courses. The final project will be offered for students to achieve zero/low carbon building from their professional background based on the knowledge learned from the previous three courses and their industrial experiences.