POSTPONED - Sustainable Building Essentials

Develop the technical know-how to design & build high performance homes.

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Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at or 503.968.7160 x20

Join our Sustainable Building Essentials training program and learn cutting edge design and building best practices from our expert instructor, Bruce Sullivan of BASE zero, as he guides participants through the 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, material considerations & health impacts
  • Local third party/utility building programs & incentives
  • Zero energy & zero energy ready homes 
This 6-day Sustainable Building Essentials training is an abbreviated version of the 12-day Sustainable Homes Professional program that Earth Advantage (EA) has offered over 20 times across Oregon since 2008, and will now provide the most essential information in a customized format for busy building professionals. â€‹

EA has partnered with EEBA to integrate their new Zero Energy Homes training into the Sustainable Building Essentials program, which will provide participants with the opportunity to earn a nationally-recognized zero energy professional designation at the end of the training. Earth Advantage and EEBA will provide logos and marketing support to help designated professionals gain visibility as elite zero energy building professionals. 

Sustainable Building Essentials offers an in-depth, field-tested training program for residential and multifamily building industry professionals who are looking to take their projects to the next level of quality and performance. Participants will gain valuable information and eliminate common barriers to high performance building via: 
  • Lecture, discussion, hands-on exercises, and short quizzes
  • Guest speakers that share past projects, experiences, & expertise on issues that are critical to achieving high performance
  • Three tours of under-construction or recently-completed green certified homes with builders & raters on-site to explain approaches, reveal cost/benefit analysis, & answer questions

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 full advantage of financial incentives and technical assistance offered by third-party programs 
  • 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: Zero Energy, Earth Advantage®, EPS, ENERGY STAR, LEED®,Passive House, Living Building Challenge, & more.
  • Site visit tours to green certified homes and guest speaker presentations (see photos
  • Professional differentiation that comes with a Zero Energy professional designation, use of logo, and listing on the Earth Advantage Accredited Professionals online registry
  • Special guest access to the Earth Advantage Home Certification points worksheet 
  • Valuable networking opportunities with green building experts to help you develop a strong referral network
  • Discounts on future Earth Advantage trainings and events​
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When & Where
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Bend, OR
February 7 - April 17, 2020
  • Six 1-day trainings taking place every two weeks on Friday from 9AM - 5PM 
  • Exact location varies for each module
  • Training modules can be taken individually
Course Modules Dates
Module 1: Third Party Building Programs + Site Visit  February 7
Module 2: Building Science Fundamentals & Approaches February 21
Module 3: High Performance Building Envelopes + Site Visit  March 6
Module 4: Mechanical Systems and Performance Testing Postponed
Module 5: Health, Materials and Water + Site Visit  Postponed
Module 6: Zero Energy Homes Postponed

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at or 503.968.7160 x20

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education  
  • CCB: 42 total CEs  for all 6 modules; 7 per module
  • AIA: 42 total LU/HSW for all 6 modules; 7 per module
  • ICC: 42 total CEs  for all 6 modules; 7 per module
  • BPI: 21 total units; 3.5 per module
  • OCHI: 42 total CEs  for all 6 modules; 7 per module
  • OR Real Estate Agency: 42 total CEs for all 6 modules; 7 per module
  • EA Broker Renewal: 42 total CEs; 7 per module
  • AGA Renewal: 42 total CEs; 7 per module
Registration Fees
  • $550 | Earth Advantage Professionals (EA Builders, EA Brokers, Accredited Green Appraisers) & Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification (M/WSB) Certification
  • $600 | Energy Trust Trade Allies, COBA Members, AIAs, PHnw Members & Sustainable Building Advisors 
  • $625 | General Admission
  • $125 | Individual Modules
  • 5 Full-Tuition Scholarships available for those historically disadvantaged or underserved in the building industry - applications due January 17
  • $50 Early Bird Discount - register by January 17
  • $50 Group Discount - register with 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.
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Architects, Builders/Contractors, Consultants, Developers, Engineers, Home Energy Score Assessors, Home Inspectors, Program Representatives, Raters/Verifiers, Remodelers, Subcontractors, Third-Party Verification Program Staff

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Bruce Sullivan
Bruce Sullivan: Bruce operates Base Zero LLC to promote greater sustainability in residential construction through training, consulting and contractor services. He has been involved in energy efficient construction since 1983 and has been a primary training developer/instructor for Earth Advantage, Energy Trust of Oregon, BetterBuiltNW and EEBA. Bruce first taught the SHP program in 2008, and has since delivered it over a dozen times across Oregon. In 2006, Bruce built his personal home that earned the NAHB EnergyValue Housing and Green Building Awards. In 2015, Bruce completed construction on a new zero energy home.


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