Sustainability, Health and Safety Program Presents:
The Sustainable Building Advisor Training Program

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  • Architects and Engineers
  • Tenant and Developer Representatives
  • Project Managers
  • Other Building Industry Professionals
  • Resource Conservation Specialists


By the end of this training program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the key practices of sustainable building.
  • Establish competencies in applying LEED™, Earth Advantage™ and other relevant criteria or established guidelines.
  • Analyze the costs and benefits of incorporating sustainable building measures.
  • Take advantage of financial incentives and technical assistance offered by government, utilities and non-profit organizations.
  • Work with architects, designers, builders, building operators, and utilities to improve a building’s performance.
  • Establish a sustainable design goal for project development.
  • Assist in the education and training of staff in sustainable building.

Benefits from participating:

  • Save long term costs for building owners, operators and tenants.
  • Improve the environmental, social and economic viability of the region.
  • Reduce environmental impacts.
  • Decrease owner liability.
  • Improve your skills in a rapidly growing field.


Expert Instructors:

Expert in their fields will present the proven and latest in sustainable design, construction and operation techniques with an emphasis on both practical applications an underlying theories.

Interactive Format:

Interactive class discussion and rigorous inquiry will be integrated throughout the course. Participation will be encouraged and expected to enhance a cooperative, fun learning experience.

Hands-on Exercises:

Each unit will include an in-depth small group project that will reinforce technical concepts and develop competencies in applying LEED™, Earth Advantage™, and other sustainable criteria.

Demonstrated Competencies:

Small group project presentations and written papers summarizing results will be required for each unit to document learning and for credit.

Field Trips:

Site visits to exemplary projects will provide opportunities to test conceptual understanding with the real thing.

Integrated Approach:

Units will be fully integrated by the lead instructor to reinforce learning and provide familiarity with cross-diciplinary aspects of applied sustainability.


Focused reading selections will be assigned for further learning.


Internet and other resources will be integrated in the classroom experience.

Cross-Sector Applicability:

Course content (including case studies and project-based exercises) will address various types of construction (commercial, residential, renovation, and new) and development (greenfield, redevelopment).


To receive local certification, students will be required to demonstrate understanding and competencies of the course material through participation in small group project presentations and written papers. Presentation and written papers will be scored on a pass-fail basis.

SBA Program students who receive passing scores on their written papers and project presentation are eligible to take the National Sustainable Building Advisory Program certification examination. This examination consists of 250 true/false and multiple choice questions taken online. A 70% passing score entitles students to use the designation C.S.B.A. (Certified Sustainable Building Advisor) after their names on business cards, resumes and other appropriate professional documents.


Unit 1: Fundamentals of Sustainable Building and Design

  • The “case” or rationale for green building
  • A view of the current state of green building in the region and nationally
  • The principles of sustainable design
  • An introduction to the practicum project

Unit 2: The Importance of Place: Site, Transportation and Land Use Issues

  • An introduction to sustainable site design
  • An understanding of the site planning process
  • Sustainable site analysis and conduct a site assessment
  • Importance of transportation planning, siting, relationship to sustainability
  • Strategies to achieve sustainable transportation patterns and site development

Unit 3: Energy Efficient Design

  • How the design of building energy systems impacts the human experience and the global environment
  • The value of contextual, holistic approach to building energy system design
  • How a building dynamically interacts with its occupants and the local climate, including renewable energy flows
  • Fundamental building energy systems, including HVAC and lighting

Unit 4: “Green” Materials Selection

  • Factors in material selection and the issue of trade-offs
  • Resources to assist in determining materials appropriateness
  • Analytical process to evaluate materials for a project
  • Material considerations when using the LEED™ rating program
  • Material considerations when designing a green home

Unit 5: Indoor Environmental Quality & Health

  • Benefits of improving indoor environmental quality
  • Common indoor air pollutants
  • Barriers and solutions to achieving good indoor air
  • Implementation issues to help achieve good quality indoor air
  • Ventilation system design strategies
  • Linkages between health, well-being and productivity
  • Physical, psychological and financial benefits of daylight and view

Unit 6: Water and Site Design

  • Benefits of adopting a natural systems-based approach
  • Sustainable site development patterns
  • Impact reduction through landscape layout, plant selection and placement
  • Outdoor water conservation strategies and practices
  • On-site management methods for storm water and wastewater
  • Indoor water conservation

Unit 7: Sustainable Job Site Operations

  • Construction waste management, site protection and IAQ protection
  • Incorporating green building materials
  • Planning and practices for sustainable construction

Unit 8: Building Operations and Maintenance

  • Facility management (FM) functions, duties of FM department, FM professionals, and FM position in sustainability
  • Building Commission (Cx), what it is, how it is accomplished, and its critical importance to the performance of a building
  • Effective operations and maintenance
  • Effective training programs within a building
  • Unit 9: Presentation of Team Projects


Participants generally meet all-day Friday (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) and Saturday (9:00 am - 3:00 pm) one weekend per month; historically and recurring monthly on the same weekend for the following eight months.


Cost to enroll in the program is $2445, which includes certification exam. Tuition does not include required textbooks.

Other than the field trips, instruction is conducted at the MHCC-Maywood Campus, 10100 NE Prescott, Portland, OR 97220. Specific room location will be announced.

To Register:

click here for a fillable registration form in Word format

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