Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP)

Develop the technical expertise to design and build high performance homes.

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Join the Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) program and learn cutting edge design and building best practices from our expert instructor, Stephen Aiguier of Green Hammer, as he guides participants through the entire spectrum of high performance building and shares practical insights on the following:

  • Building science fundamentals & moisture management
  • High performance wall & roof assemblies 
  • HVAC product selection & integrated system design
  • Water conservation techniques
  • Indoor air quality, green material considerations & health impacts
  • Local green/energy efficiency building programs & incentives
​SHP is a comprehensive, interactive, experience-driven education program for residential and multifamily building and design professionals who are looking to take their projects to the next level of quality. Each of the six monthly modules can be taken individually and provide participants with an opportunity to gain valuable information and eliminate common barriers to high performance building via: 
  • Lecture, discussion, hands-on exercises, & short assignments 
  • Guest speakers that share past projects, experiences, & expertise on issues that are critical to building quality homes successfully
  • Two tours of under-construction or recently-completed green certified homes with builders & raters on-site to explain approaches, reveal cost/benefit analysis, & answer questions
  • A final project that progresses throughout the course and puts principles into practice by guiding participants in designing their own high performance building or research project
​A certification exam at the end of the course allows participants to earn the designation of an accredited Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP). Earth Advantage also provides logos and marketing support to help SHPs gain visibility as informed green building professionals. 

The SHP accreditation program was first offered in 2008 and has since has been offered over 20 times across Oregon, all the while maintaining a longstanding reputation for depth, applied learning, and outstanding quality. SHP is complementary to other industry credentials, like LEED AP, LEED GA, SBA, CPHC, BPI, HERS, and others. SHPs are architects, builders, developers, remodelers, raters/verifiers, subcontractors, planners, engineers, third-party verification program staff, real estate professionals, appraisers, educators, and building operators who value quality craftsmanship, whole system thinking, and sustainable practices. 
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Learning Objectives
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  • Overcome common barriers & misconceptions of high performance building
  • Analyze the costs & benefits of incorporating green building products and approaches
  • Take advantage of financial incentives and technical assistance offered by governments, utilities and nonprofits
  • Identify the full breadth of building best practices from site layout to flooring selection
  • Enhance your knowledge of building science & how a home functions as a system
  • Establish a sustainable design goal by incorporating energy, water, & resource efficiency while maintaining a comfortable, durable, healthy building
  • Develop marketing strategies & support to strengthen the business case for green building 
  • Gain a builder/designer-centric approach to achieving the following certification standards: Passive House, Zero Energy, Earth Advantage®, LEED®, EPS, ENERGY STAR, Living Building Challenge, & more.


  • 10 site visit tours to certified homes and 5 guest speaker presentations (see photos
  • Special guest access to the Earth Advantage Home Certification online points worksheet for final project review & submission
  • Professional differentiation that comes with accredited SHP designation, use of logo, and listing on the Earth Advantage Accredited Professionals online registry
  • Valuable networking opportunities with green building experts and fellow accredited SHPs that will help you develop a strong referral network
  • SHP Manual, Resource Guide and course textbooks:
  • Discounts on future Earth Advantage and partner trainings and events​
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When & Where
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Portland, OR 
Earth Advantage Classroom 
623 SW Oak Street, Third Floor, Portland, OR 97205 (map)

November 2, 2018 - April 6, 2019
6 monthly 2-day modules
All classes will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Individual modules can be taken in random order over multiple sessions to achieve SHP accreditation

Course Modules Portland, OR
Fall 2018
Module 1: Green Building Market & Integrated Design Nov 2 & 3
Module 2: Building Science Fundamentals Dec 7 & 8
Module 3: High Performance Building Envelopes Jan 11 & 12
Module 4: Mechanical Systems and Performance Testing Feb 8 & 9
Module 5: Health, Materials, and Water Mar 8 & 9
Module 6: Final Presentations and Certification Exam Apr 5 & 6

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at or 503.968.7160 x20.

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education  
  • AIA: 84 total LU/HSW for all 6 modules; 14 per module 
  • BPI: 35 total units for 5 modules; 7 per module 1-5
  • CCB: 84 total CEs  for all 6 modules; 14 per module 
  • CPHC: 14 CEs for module 2 & 7 for module 3    
  • OCHI: 84 total CEs  for all 6 modules; 14 per module    
  • OR Real Estate Agency: 84 total CEs for all 6 modules; 14 per module   
  • OR Appraiser Board (ACLB): 28 total CEs for modules 4-5, 14 per module 4-5 
  • EA Broker Renewal: 84 total CEs; 14 per module   
  • AGA Renewal: 84 total CEs; 14 per module 
Course Fee Discounts

  • Full-tuition scholarships available - applications due Oct. 17
  • $100 Early Bird Discount extended to Oct. 19th!
  • $100 Group Discount for 2 or more
  • Energy Trust of Oregon trade allies working with EPS New Construction are eligible for partial reimbursement for this course. Please contact for more information.   
Interested but can't commit just yet? 
Fill out our Interest Form and we'll be sure to keep you updated on future course developments and opportunities.

This training brought to you thanks in part to:

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Architects, Builders/Contractors, Developers, Engineers, Home Energy Score Assessors, Home Inspectors, Program Representatives, Raters/Verifiers, Remodelers, Subcontractors, Third-Party Verification Program Staff

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Stephen Aiguier
Stephen Aiguier: Stephen founded Green Hammer in 2002, evolving the business into a full service design-build firm committed to advancing the highest standards for green building. An SHP, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), and building science expert, he has been a pioneer of Oregon’s green building movement and has been involved with many of the nation's highest scoring LEED Platinum Homes and first residential and commercial Passive House buildings in the Pacific NW. Stephen has been invited to speak at every major green building conference across the country and he has taught the SHP course annually since 2010.


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