New PEAK courses – Spring 2019

Now accepting students for Practical Energy and Advanced Knowledge for Building program- Foundational Knowledge and Building Envelope – Construction Technologies courses http://ow.ly/M8pG50u0uRr Practical Energy and Advanced Knowledge – Buildings (PEAK/Building) Certificate Program is comprised of: a prerequisite foundational knowledge course (online) 5 core courses (online and evening classes) Envelope, Systems, Economics, Comfort and Leadership a capstone/practical…

Find the balance between energy use and respect for nature

Find the balance between energy use and respect for nature. Now accepting students for the Foundational Knowledge course in the Practical Energy and Advanced Knowledge for Building program. In addition to an introduction to building-based energy and sustainability concepts, this 30-hour, fully-online course includes discussion forums, live online check-ins, and networking opportunities. The course is…

BC Energy Step Code – It’s happening now!

An important development: there will be two BC Building Energy Code sessions at the upcoming Building Officials Association of BC Conference: BC Energy Step Code Essentials for Building Officials – Friday, November 30 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Join BCESC specialists in a presentation introducing BC Energy Step Code basics that will cover both Part 9…

Bike commute thoughts re: bicycles and buildings

The LEED rating system rewards designs that include bicycle amenities. This has been criticized in the past as being too easy as a way to gain points toward green certification. As a (sometimes) bicycle commuter, I’ve noticed many factors that make for a successful alternative transportation strategy. Separated pedestrian and bike lanes make a huge…

Building-based energy specialist work

The following list is representative of some of the interests, skills, and competencies associated with energy specialist work. Many of these are developed on-the-job, or become specialties. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, and is provided primarily to develop familiarity with the terms and tasks of building-based energy and resource management. Measure Energy…

Utilities, Municipalities and Energy Specialists

Practical energy knowledge includes the ability to measure energy use. In this regard, natural gas, electric utilities, and municipalities often provide incentives to conserve energy, as there are substantial costs involved with providing and maintaining energy supply infrastructure, and wasting energy benefits no one. Besides being “the right thing to do” in terms of reducing…

The Historical Context of Development

Some typical statistics we hear:  “In 2007, the world’s urban population surpassed 50% for the first time in history, and this proportion is growing; by 2050, it’s estimated to exceed 70%.” Currently, more than 90% of Americans live in urban areas, and more than 80% of Canadians live in urban areas. Urbanization is an important reality…

Understand and appreciate the purpose of Buildings

We use the word Building to denote a structure, designed and built for the use and/or benefit of people. This is important to keep in mind, because we are not after saving energy at the expense of the beneficial use of a building space. If the space needs to be well-lit, it will remain well-lit…

Advanced Knowledge of Buildings

The term Advanced Knowledge refers to known and emerging strategies and technologies that can directly go toward solving some of our most pressing issues with buildings and building use. The practical application of our knowledge includes managing a collaborative effort to accomplish desired goals by using energy and resources effectively. Management involves planning, organizational and leadership skills. We…