Green building rating systems attempt to measure how sustainable a building is using a variety
of different requirements and metrics. In this course, students will survey a number of ratings
systems currently used by building professionals as a way to learn about the different strategies
and technologies that are currently employed to make buildings more sustainable. The history of
the various systems will be studied so that the students can see the evolution of the green
building movement. Issues such as climate, building size, energy modelling, third party
certification, and life cycle analysis will be discussed, so that current green building practice
can be put into context. The various rating systems will be compared and contrasted to see which
are most applicable to a given project.
- Describe the history and evolution of ratings systems and their importance in the green
- Evaluate a project and identify the most applicable green building rating system.
- Apply a green building rating system to determine the level of sustainability of a building
- Recommend to a project team suitable strategies that will improve the sustainability of a
- Prepare project documentation that clearly demonstrates sustainability performance to
- Reflect on their own personal experiences and biases and identify how they influence your
approach to sustainable buildings.
Module 1: Introduction to Green Building Rating Systems
Module 2: Green Building Rating System Landscape
Module 3: Location and Transportation
Module 4: Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency
Module 5: Energy and Atmosphere
Module 6: Materials and Resources
Module 7: Indoor Environmental Quality
Module 8: Green Building Rating System Processes
Required text and materials
Students will need to source the following E-Textbook on their own at a cost of approximately
- U.S. Green Building Council. (2014). LEED core concepts guide (3rd ed.). https://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide
Note: You will need to purchase a copy through the linked website. If you have questions
about course textbooks or other materials, email OLMaterials.
Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact email@example.com with any questions about this.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Assignment 1: Selecting a Building and Rating System
|Assignment 2: Understanding Your Building
|Assignment 3: Completing the Picture
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.