San Francisco Sustainable Building Advisor Program Offered in New 4-Month Format

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Professionals in the building industry wanting to stay competitive can now earn the Certified Sustainable Building Advisor credential in just four months.

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The 4-month format of the Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) Program in San Francisco will be taught by a network of over 25 subject experts and include site visits to exemplary projects throughout the Bay Area. The SBA Program trains professionals on green building tools, strategies, and principles used to achieve buildings that are resource efficient, environmentally responsible, cost effective, and healthy for occupants.

A 2011 national Green Outlook study published by McGraw-Hill shows that in 2005, green building projects had a 2% market share ($3 billion), by 2010 despite the spending drop in the building sector, the green building market rose to 35% ($54 billion) and is expected to be at 48% by 2015.

“These numbers may be even higher in California,” says Ryan Stroupe, the Pacific Energy Center’s Building Performance Program Coordinator and instructor for the SBA Program. By 2020, the energy code in California will require all buildings to be net-zero energy; meaning no more energy is used than is produced on-site. In the coming years, all building professionals will need to be experts in sustainable building.

The 4-month program begins on June 1, 2012 and meets every two weeks (Friday and Saturday). The full schedule is available online. Due to limited space, early registration is recommended and ends on May 1, 2012. Register early to receive a $300 discount on tuition fees. The 9-month program will continue to be offered.

About Sustainable Building Advisor Program:

The SBA Program in San Francisco is a 100-hour certification course designed for professionals in the building industry and is provided by Lifelong Education Institute and Unified Systems LLC. The classroom portion of the program is hosted at the Pacific Energy Center, PG&E’s training facility in San Francisco. Certification is granted by the SBA Institute. More information can be found on

The SBA Program is approved by the USGBC as a mastery level Education Provider Program. Continuing education credits are available for LEED Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates, American Institute of Architects (AIA) members and Build It Green members. Contractors and Architects with the Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA) credential meet the requirements to be a part of the Bay Area Green Business Program.

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