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Green Building and Sustainable Design Diploma (Blended)


The Green Building and Sustainable Design Diploma program equips students with essential skills for pursuing a career in the fields of green building design, planning, construction and maintenance. Program curriculum will cover a contemporary range of building design strategies and technologies, with an emphasis on those that reduce environmental impacts and make local buildings healthier and more livable. Major topics include architectural design strategies, high level computer-aided drafting techniques, building information modeling (BIM), energy modeling, and core sustainable building concepts such as effective building envelope design, the assessment of energy efficiency, LEED® project management and documentation strategies, and the application of modern and upcoming green building standards (e.g. Passive Housing).

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to challenge the Natural Resource Canada (NRCan) Foundation Level Exam and EnerGuide Rating System v.15 Energy Advisor Exam. These exams are administered through external agencies and are not required for program graduation. However, students interested in pursuing the exams will receive a voucher. Successful exam-takers have the opportunity to become NRCan-recognized Energy Advisors upon becoming affiliated with a service organization, where they can become certified to assess energy performance and potential energy savings for homes during the design, construction, and renovation stages.

Through a partnership with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), students will also be trained in LEED® – a rating system used to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. Students will be prepared to challenge the LEED® Green Associate Exam, and will complete the first course of CaGBC’s LEED® Strategic Practices Program – a seven-course certificate program designed to provide advanced training for LEED® project management and documentation. Graduates may choose to complete 6 remaining LEED® Strategic Practices courses online from the CaGBC at a discounted rate through our partnership. The LEED® Green Associate Exam is administered through an external agency and is not required for graduation from Brighton’s program. However, students interested in pursuing the exam will receive a voucher. Successful completion of the exam will result in their achievement of the internationally recognized LEED® Green Associate credential.

Courses are delivered via a blended model in which students will have the flexibility to learn online most days, and then come to campus twice each week for intensive and hands-on learning sessions. The program concludes with a practicum placement at an architecture, engineering, or contracting firm in the lower mainland.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • English language proficiency requirements:
    • Domestic students: Grade 10 English, or pass college English assessment
    • International students: IELTS 6.0 proof (or equivalent) or pass college English assessment


  • Student must complete a Canvas Readiness course before starting the program


  • Combined delivery (on-site and distance)


  • Full-time: 20 hours per week: 8 hours on-site + 12 hours distance

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    Building Beautiful Cities
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    Bridging Communities
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    Designing Sustainable Initiatives
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    Influencing Lifestyles
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    Shaping Civilization


  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Building Science Technician
  • CAD Technician Drafter
  • Environmental Technician
  • Building Envelope Drafter
  • Site Inspection Technician
  • Energy Advisor/Modeller
  • Building Material Salesperson
  • Architectural Acoustic Technician
  • Career Paths
  • Architectural Specifications Specialist
  • Building Science Consultant
  • Project CAD Manager
  • Environmental Technologist
  • Building Envelope Specialist / Technician
  • Building Inspector
  • Construction Site Superintendent / Construction Management team
  • Energy Engineer/Modeller
  • Building Materials Technical Rep
  • Architectural Acoustics Design Consultant


35 Week Diploma, 4 Week Practicum Included


ARC150B | Introduction to Sustainability and Green Buildings
This course provides students with a critical introduction to sustainable design and development with an emphasis on the built environment. Students will examine environmental impacts driven by building construction processes, and discuss the benefits and practical challenges of implementing more sustainable measures at various scales. Students will furthermore discuss the professional role and responsibility of building design professionals in relation to environmental issues.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
AUT010B | Computer and Mathematic Fundamentals
This course provides students with the fundamentals of computer operation, file management, and basic mathematics. Major topics include keyboarding skills, Microsoft Word document formatting, Excel spreadsheet creation, linear algebra, quadratic equations, trigonometry, and geometry.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
AUT100B | AutoCAD Fundamentals
This course provides student with the fundamental skills of computer aided design and drafting techniques by using the AutoCAD software. Students learn essential AutoCAD techniques that are being used in engineering and building-design professions. Utilizing high-end computer tools, students learn how to create drawings in 2-dimensional drawings as well as basic 3-dimensional models.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
AUT140B | Technical Communication
Technical communication skills are required in service, business, and technical working environments. This course focuses on verbal, writing, and presentation skills within the scope of architecture and engineering. Students will learn how to produce technical report documents and present their project drawings effectively.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
CCT100B | Building Code
This course will instruct students in British Columbia Building Code and city zoning bylaw standards. Major topics include code interpretation, building zoning, aspects of residential building design specifications, fire protection, occupant safety, accessibility, wood-framed structural design standards, and other professional practices which may affect the design and construction of a building. Students will also learn to create a full set of residential building drawings by using AutoCAD.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100B.
AUT150B | AutoCAD Advanced
This course provides students with instruction in advanced level AutoCAD commands and drawing management techniques. Students will learn project-orientated drafting and design skills, with an emphasis placed on scaled 2-dimensional engineering and architectural project drawing in model and paper space layout environments. Students will also learn 3-dimensional tools to create 3D wireframe, surface and solid models.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100B.
ARC110B | Architectural Planning and Design
This course provides students with a foundation in contemporary building design skills. Core topics include site planning theory, aesthetics, introduction to structural design, open space planning, and retrofit design skills for residential and commercial buildings. Students will also be introduced to a systematic methodology for creative problem-solving that involves analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and resolution. Emphasis is placed on zoning by-laws and their impact on building use, size, and location on a site.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT150B, CCT100B.
AUT310B | Revit Architecture
This course teaches students how to use the parametric Building Information Modeling (BIM) program, Revit. Students will use Revit® Architecture to create 3-dimensional building models and the tools for building design and documentation. Students will begin the course by learning the fundamental features of Revit and progress through design modeling to drawing production. Major topics include project setup techniques, modeling of basic building structures, wall type selection, roof design, interior design, customization of 3D components, site topography creation, annotation techniques, schedule, mechanical building features, 3D walkthrough, rendering, and sheet production. Students will have the opportunity to work on several types of building projects (commercial, residential as well as site) throughout the course.

Duration: 80 hours, 4 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100B, AUT150B, CCT100B.
ARC200B | Building Science and Envelope Design
This course teaches advanced building science concepts, with a focus on the principles of heat, air, and moisture transfer, and envelope protection in buildings. Major topics include envelope design with respect to building structure, envelope protection, surface heat and mass transfer coefficients, solar-air temperature, thermal moisture storage and condensation due to vapor and airflow, building envelope details pertaining to moisture, air, and heat management (with the specific focus on the building envelope control layers), including spray foam insulations, ventilation and rainscreen, and an overview of relevant Building Codes and Standards.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: CCT100B.
ARC300B | Building Energy Performance and EA Exam Prep
This course will equip students with knowledge and skills to use the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS), to assess the energy performance and potential energy savings for homes during the design, construction, and renovation stages. Topics include: building performance analysis, energy literacy and building loads, climate and weather analysis, solar measurements and strategies, wind wand airflow strategies, daylighting strategies and analysis, and usage of the energy modelling software HOT2000. This course will prepare students to challenge the Foundation Level and Energy Advisor EnerGuide Rating System v.15 Exams.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT150B, CCT100B.
CCT250B | Passive House and High Performance Building Standards
This course will explore the technical, economic, and policy elements of Passive House buildings and building standards, and other locally-relevant high performance-related building code, standards, and development. Topics include: The Passive House Building Standard, BC Energy Step Code, Canada’s National Building Strategy, Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan, and the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. Students will study why and how these standards leverage building architecture to minimize energy consumption and improve thermal comfort and overall livability.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: ARC200B, ARC300B.
LEE100B | LEED® Green Associate Exam Preparation
This course is offered in partnership with the Canadian Green Building Council (CGRAC®), and will equip students with the tools they need to prepare for the LEED® Green Associate Exam. Students are highly encouraged to take the LEED® Green Associate Exam upon completion of the course, as a LEED® Green Associate credential can increase opportunities for reemployment, job stability, and promotion, while emphasizing one’s value to project teams and sustainability projects.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: ARC200B.
LEE210B | Introduction to LEED® and the Integrated Design Process
This course is offered in partnership with the Canadian Green Building Council (CGRAC®), and will help students develop their skills in setting up the LEED® Integrated Design Process and in using LEED® specific technical skills to complete and evaluate LEED® credit calculations. This course is the first of 7 courses comprising CaGBC’s LEED® Strategic Practices Program (LSP Program). The LSP Program is a 7-course certificate program by teaches participants the knowledge and skills they need to start working on a LEED® project immediately. Topics include: Minimum Project Requirements (MPRs) for LEED® certification registration, selecting the appropriate LEED® Rating System based on project scope, and the use of the Integrated Design Process (IDP). The course will also cover the importance of establishing the LEED® project boundary and common terms and acronyms.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: LEE100B.
AUT650B | Portfolio Development
This course helps students prepare a working portfolio, which will assist them in presenting themselves during interviews or seminars. Students will produce a portfolio showcasing their abilities in computer-aided design and engineering and architectural 2D drawings and 3D models. Students also will practice interview skills and learn how to prepare their resume.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT150B, CCT100B.
WEP150 | Practicum
The student will have the opportunity to integrate theory and skills learnt during the program with practical situation from the real world of business. The purpose is to obtain relevant field experience prior to graduation and identify strengths prior to embarking on a new, exciting career.

Duration: 150 hours, 4 weeks.
ENHANCE YOUR CAREER Green Building and Sustainable Design Diploma

" Brighton College had a friendly environment, very encouraging instructors, and supportive staff. I had a very good experience at Brighton College, and I learned everything about the local construction industry. "
Alex Asipenka Brighton College Alumni

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