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[Yestermorrow] CERTIFICATE IN BUILDING SCIENCE AND NET ZERO DESIGN (ONLINE) 1.9 to 3.2.2023
From Monday, January 09, 2023 -  06:00pm
To Thursday, March 02, 2023 - 09:00pm
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Net Zero buildings are carbon neutral structures that integrate hyper-efficiency with renewable technologies. They are at the cutting edge of sustainable design, and a key strategy for policymakers addressing climate change.

Net Zero designs are made possible with an understanding of building science- the analysis of how physical phenomena, including heat, moisture, air movement, and gravity affect buildings. Building science provides a body of knowledge for designers to use these forces to maximize comfort and minimize energy use.

Through lecture, case study, demonstration, hands-on testing, and design exercises, students will gain a firm grasp of the science behind building performance and begin to explore how to design in accordance with the laws of physics and the forces of nature. If you are a designer, builder, project manager, property owner, or policy professional, or are moving toward one of these careers, a firm understanding of building science and the path to net-zero buildings is fast becoming a critical credential for any successful practitioner.  

Prerequisite: basic building literacy or enrollment in Yestermorrow’s  Anatomy of a House course, occurring prior to the Certificate program.

The Winter 2023 Certificate in Building Science & Net Zero Design will run on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00PM Eastern Time from January 9th to March 2nd, 2023 for a total of sixteen (16) 3-hour sessions.


For courses starting between January 1 and March 31, 2023, we are piloting the Student Tuition Equity Program (STEP). The sliding scale is a tool that allows students to personally assess their ability to contribute and select the price point of tuition that will allow them to access our courses. This program requires honest and thoughtful consideration of the complexities of income, wealth, class, race, and other forms of inequity that affect an individual’s ability to pay.  To determine your place on the scale, we encourage people to honestly assess their resources and consider the difference between a sacrifice and a hardship. To learn more, please click here

Location  online, please register in advance
Application required. Substantial fee but a sliding scale is being piloted. Note prerequisite.