Sustainable Homes Professional

| Online course available on-demand; Register below |

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


Length: 15+ Hours

Join our Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) online training program and gain hours of cutting edge design and building best practices that are critical to success in today's housing market. 

SHP is an in-depth, interactive, and field-tested online training program for industry professionals across the Northwest and beyond who are looking to take their residential projects and building craft to the next level of quality. Previously an 84-hour in-person training, the SHP training program has now been redesigned in a condensed, self-paced online format. Training topics covered in SHP are designed to maximize the health, comfort, durability, savings, and sustainability benefits for your home buyer/owner clients. 

Participants will gain information and recommendations on how to overcome common barriers and misconceptions of high performance building in order to incorporate the most beneficial building practices that match their specific scenario. The online SHP experience provides 15-hours of required content and over 5-hours of optional bonus features consisting of training videos, behind-the-walls site visit tours, live webinars with instructor Q&A, guest speaker presentations, and product/technology demonstrations. SHP also offers robust continuing education credits and the option to earn the Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) designation.  

Learn from our expert instructors as they guide participants through the entire spectrum of energy efficient and green building practices and share field-proven insights on the following: Building science fundamentals & moisture management, High performance wall & roof assemblies, HVAC product selection & integrated system design, Water management & conservation, Indoor air quality, green material considerations & health impacts, Locally available above-code building programs & incentives.

Recommended Audience

Architects / Builders / Contractors / Code Officials / Developers / Engineers / Home Energy Score Assessors / Home Inspectors / Program Representatives / Raters / Verifiers / Remodelers / Subcontractors

Continuing Education

Institution Whole SHP
OR CCB 15 CEs 3 CEs
BPI 7.5 units 1.5 units
ICC 1.5 CEs 0.3 CEs 
OR Real Estate Agency 15 CEs 3 CEs
EA Broker Renewal 15 CEs 3 CEs
AGA Renewal 15 CEs 3 CEs


Our SHP trainers are nationally recognized as some of the best in the construction business. SHP participants benefit from the opportunity to gain valuable lessons learned from each instructor's specialized background.

Stephen Aiguier
| Green Hammer Design Build | View Bio

Josh Salinger
| Birdsmouth Design-Build | View Bio

Bruce Sullivan
| Base Zero LLC | View Bio

John Spillman
| Earth Advantage | View Bio

Site Visits

Site Visit Teaser #1

Site Visit Teaser #1

Project: Custom Build Zero Energy Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
Builder: Birdsmouth Design-Build
Site Visit Teaser #2

Site Visit Teaser #2

Project: Single Family Zero Energy Ready Spec Home
Builder: Noyes Development
Site Visit Teaser #3

Site Visit Teaser #3

Project: Attached Single Family Affordable Housing (Townhome)
Builder: NeighborWorks Boise

Individual Module Option    

The SHP online training consists of five individual modules, plus site visit tours of high performance building projects. For anyone interested in pursuing individual modules only, you can register for one or more (in any order you choose) using the links below:

To earn the SHP designation via this individual module approach, participants must complete all five modules, one out of the three High Performance Home Site Visits, and pass the quizzes, homeworks, and final project.

Learning Objectives

  • Overcome common barriers & misconceptions of high performance building.
  • Analyze the benefits of incorporating different 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 / Zero Energy Ready, Earth Advantage, BuiltGreen, LEED for Homes, EPS, ENERGY STAR, & more.


*Energy Trust of Oregon Trade Allies working with EPS New Construction may be eligible for partial reimbursement for this course. Please contact for more information. 

*$50 off | Groups of 2 or more


Affordable Housing Providers (developers, builders, and their subcontractors)


Earth Advantage Designated Professionals, Earth Advantage builder clients, ZERO Members, Energy Trust of Oregon Trade Allies, & Oregon Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) certified companies.


General Admission

Questions? Contact us below or call (503) 968-7160.

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