Click here to view all details about the SBA Program of Southern California.

The Sustainable Building Advisor Program is offered over the course of 9 months, with two full days (Friday & Saturday) of class each month.  A 70% attendance record is required to be eligible for certification and to sit for your exam to become a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA).  

Course content is delivered in lectures and site visits, and students enhance their learning through written assignments and a team project. The course is completed with presentations of the team projects, a certification exam, and a graduation celebration.

Having completed the SBA Program coursework, participants will have the knowledge, tools, and contacts to:

  • Identify and articulate sustainable building practices and goals
  • Identify and analyze costs and benefits of implementation
  • Communicate effectively with project stakeholders to promote economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable solutions
  • Understand when to apply LEED, Built Green, and other relevant frameworks to projects and operations
  • Take a leadership position in projects, organizations and communities in a rapidly important and complex field


Unit 1: Fundamentals of Sustainable Building  and Design
Unit 2: The Importance of Place: Site, Transportation and Land Use Issues
Unit 3: Energy Efficient Design
Unit 4: “Green” Materials Selection
Unit 5: Indoor Environmental Quality & Health
Unit 6: Water and Site Design
Unit 7: Sustainable Job Site Operations
Unit 8: Building Operations and Maintenance
Unit 9: Marketing & Final Presentations of Team Projects

Link to Sustainable Building Advisor Institute curriculum page

Click here for more details and cost of the program.


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