The Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) Program is designed to make it possible for working professionals to enroll in the program while minimizing days away from work. Classes are spread over multiple months and often are on a Friday/Saturday schedule. Course content is delivered in the form of lectures and field trips; students enhance their learning by completing written assignments and engaging in a team project. Local SBA Providers are encouraged to augment the national curriculum with a regional perspective. The 105 hour program culminates with a final presentation based on the team project, and a graduation celebration.
Interactive class discussions and rigorous inquiry is integrated throughout the course. Participation is encouraged (and expected!), in order to promote and enhance a cooperative and fun learning environment.
Local experts present the proven and latest in sustainable design, construction, and operation techniques, with an emphasis on both underlying theories and practical applications.
Each unit incorporates work on an in-depth small group project, which reinforces technical concepts and develops competencies in applying LEED™, Living Building™, and other sustainable criteria to the built environment.
Written papers for each unit and a final group project presentation are required to document learning and to earn credit.
Site visits to exemplary local projects provide opportunities to test conceptual understanding.
Units are fully integrated by the lead instructor to reinforce learning and to provide familiarity with cross-disciplinary aspects of applied sustainability.
Focused reading selections are assigned to augment learning.
Content (including case studies and project-based exercises) addresses various types of construction (commercial, residential, renovation, and new) and development (greenfield, redevelopment).