Earn 30 Continuing Education Units by Joining Solar Decathlon Professionals Winter Cohort!

Register for Virtual US Green Building Council/DOE Class for Jan. 18 Start

Nov. 28, 2023 | By Kelly MacGregor | Contact media relations

Illustration of a zero-energy building.
Zero-energy-building rendering from Deborah Lin Pérez Centeno, former SD Pro participant

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to host the next Solar Decathlon Professionals Program (SD Pro) cohort!

Earn 30+ GBCI (Green Business Certification Inc.) continuing education credits (CEUs) by enrolling in this virtual, hands-on, zero-energy-design course.

  • The winter cohort runs from Jan. 18 to March 21, 2024. Virtual, live sessions will be held on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. ET.

    • If you cannot join the winter cohort, email kkane@usgbc.org to be notified of the next offering.

  • The training is a blended learning experience of online on-demand content and live virtual weekly sessions. The course incorporates the Solar Decathlon's Building Science Education Series, as well as online weekly sessions with the instructor and students.

  • Students will complete a net-zero-energy building design project.

  • Enroll today!

SD Pro builds on the success of the Solar Decathlon collegiate competition to provide industry professionals with an opportunity to develop building science expertise and gain practical experience designing zero-energy projects.

This advanced-level course is designed for those familiar with general building sciences who want a deeper understanding to apply these concepts to green building projects or teaching. Potential participants might include early- to mid-level professionals, facility managers, builders, or higher-education faculty.

Course instructor: Tom Hootman

Hootman is an architect, engineer, and author. He is the founder of Form & Flow, a building performance design consulting firm for next-generation architecture.

Cost: $299 for 30+ CEUs.

"I enjoyed seeing the design process take shape while considering performance and efficiency from the start, rather than having to basically retrofit a completed design to meet performance standards.

I think that being aware of the process, design components, and systems will allow me to be more involved and aware of setting goals while steering a project from its infancy."

Past SD Pro participant

Tags: Buildings