The Sustainable Building Advisor Institute (SBAi) creates and oversees the Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) curriculum, which is delivered by SBA Providers across the USA and in Canada. The purpose of this unique and comprehensive sustainable building program is to give practicing professionals the tools that they need to make the built environment more sustainable.
Over 1280 students have graduated from the course; since 2005, more than 1000 graduates have passed the professional exam to become Certified Sustainable Building Advisors.
The SBA Institute creates high value green building educational programs providing professionals with comprehensive, relevant curriculum in an environment where relationships develop and opportunities can emerge. Graduates are prepared to take a leadership role in the world of green building.
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CSBA, LEED AP
CSBA, LEED Green Associate
SBA Institute History
The SBA Institute is a natural outgrowth of a successful program that was first offered in 1999 to working professionals by Seattle City Light and Seattle Central Community College. In 2004, in response to requests for a similar training nationwide, comprehensive and customizable course materials were developed for use at other locations. In 2005, the organization incorporated as the National Sustainable Building Advisor Program (NaSBAP). In 2010, the name was changed to the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute (SBAi). In 2013 Lifelong Education Institute purchased the SBA Program.
Thank you to those who have provided expertise and support in developing and maintaining the SBA curriculum.
Kathleen O’Brien • Gail Marie Alexander • Jana Chamales, Unified Systems • Elly Bunzendahl, O’Brien & Company • Vicki Colgan, Washington State Department of Ecology • Cliff Cooper, Cooper Associates • Nora Daley-Peng • Chris Dixon, Mithun Partners • Barbara Erwine • Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute • Aileen Gagney, American Lung Association • Steven Gilbert, Insitute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders • Christopher Gronbeck, Sustainable by Design • Dave Hartke, Stampfl Hartke Associates • Judith Heerwagen, J.H. Heerwagen and Associates, Inc. • David Hilgers, Triad Associates • Peter Hurley, Portland Office of Sustainable Development • Alistair Jackson, O’Brien & Company • Doug Kennedy, Pathway Design and Construction • Michael Laurie, Watershed LLC • Andrea Lewis, O’Brien & Company • Karen Keist, Karen Keist Landscape Architects • Dan Morris, Healthy Building Associates • David McDonald, Seattle Public Utilities Resource Conservation • Tien Peng, GreenPlum Street • Elizabeth Powers, O’Brien & Company • Cynthia Putnam, Putnam Price Group, Inc. • Shino Severson, O’Brien & Company
Thank you to the following alumni who have greatly supported the program.
Seonaidh Davenport • Patti Southard • Marika Smiley, CSBA • Christine Lamoreaux • Christian Martin • Tammy Stempel, CSBA • John Brehm • John Estrem, CSBA • Jackson Swanson, CSBA • Carina Zevely, CSBA • Kathleen Nash, CSBA • Nora Daley-Peng, CSBA • Tien Peng, CSBA • Alexandra Ramsden, CSBA • Dean Baker • Ed Brown, CSBA • Lisa Rosenow, CSBA • David Della • Kristina Stimson • Shay Weer • Bethany Walrad • Debbie Chambers • Yeonok Morley • Collin Gilligan • Ryan Trees • Jayme Mattson • Sharron Casper • Stephen Yamada-Heidner
Thank you to the following additional founders who have supported this program.
Wood-Harbinger Consulting Engineers • GGLO, LLC • Building Green and Environmental Building News • International Sustainability Institute • O’Brien & Company • Mundt MacGregor, LLP • Clothier & Head PS • BCRA Design • Howard S. Wright Constructors • Shoreline Bank • Putnam Price Group, Inc. • Barbara Braun • Tad Lewis • Dale Anderson • Kim Hughes • Alan Davies