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Green Building Design and Construction Certificate

As the economy and population continue to expand, the design, construction and operation community will face  increasing challenges to meet the new demands for facilities that are accessible, secure, healthy, and productive while minimizing their impact on the environment. For the design, construction/renovation, operation, and decommissioning of a facility, there is an important relationship between the indoor and outdoor environments - the building connection.

This 360-hour certificate program gives students the skills and hands on experience to design and create building envelopes with a sustainable focus on the main functions of the design and construction of the building envelope, including solar and thermal control, moisture control, indoor air quality, acoustics, aesthetics, construction waste management and cost effectiveness. All phases of facility life cycle are examined, balancing environmental stewardship with mission and function of the facility.

Admission Requirements

  • BC Secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for one year on the first day of classes.
  • Educational or work experience background in construction, engineering, architecture, or building design.
  • Mathematics: 

A minimum of 60% in any of:

    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus Grade 10
    • Applications of Mathematics 10
    • Principles of Mathematics 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

Or a minimum of 65% on the ABLE mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the five courses with a minimum passing grade of 60 in each course. Students must complete this program within 2 years (24 months) to receive the certificate.

Program Outline

GBDC 100 Building Sciences Basics
GBDC 110 Concepts and Design Principles
GBDC 120 Building Concepts
GBDC 125 Existing Buildings
GBDC 130 Building Envelope Project

This program is not currently offered

Program Area:

Continuing Studies




  • Distance/Online
  • Part-Time


2017-18: $5,130.94

Note: If applicable, course textbooks and materials are additional costs.


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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 02/25/2018