68.00 Hours Required

Canada’s commitment to making homes and buildings more energy efficient will continue to grow in coming years to meet national net-zero energy and emissions goals. This has increased opportunities for the residential construction industry to meet current and emerging energy performance standards and building code requirements.

This program will introduce you to residential design and construction principles, methods and technologies for building high-performance homes. You will develop leading industry knowledge of building science principles, metrics for verifying performance, and prevailing rating and verification systems. 

This program is ideal for professionals in the residential construction industry, including architects, designers, engineers, site managers and trades. It will build upon your existing knowledge of home design and construction to meet current provincial and national building code energy requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • explain how building science principles apply to a high-performance home
  • explain the benefits of a high-performance building
  • integrate high performance building principles in the design and construction of residential projects
  • communicate high performance principles to a technical and non-technical audience
  • evaluate a building (during design or construction) for continuity of control layers.


This program is eligible for funding through the Canada Alberta Job Grant (CAJG).

Career Opportunities

Once you've completed the program, you'll be able to apply your knowledge to current positions in the residential construction industry, stay on the leading edge of home construction, and be able to participate in the design and construction of homes that meet 2030 net zero ready and 2050 net zero emissions requirements.

Expect to start at an entry-level and as you gain experience and possibly with additional experience your career opportunities will expand. Use the following Job Market Outlook tool as a starting point to explore your career options.


Additional Details


Application for High Performance Residential Design and Construction Certificate of Completion
Successfully complete at least 1 of the courses below, then declare your intention to complete this certificate by clicking on the Apply Now button.  You will be notified of acceptance and given further direction regarding the completion of this Certificate.
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