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Continuing Education  for LEED Credential Maintenance

The Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag] Continuing Education Program provides green building practitioners with quality green building education that supports their professional development and associated credentials. Each article that is approved for continuing education provides readers with a technical look at a green building strategy, technology or case study.

All articles offered by SABMag are GBCI approved. To qualify for continuing education learning hours, practitioners must first read the technical article below, and then proceed to complete the short quiz at the end. You must receive 80% on the quiz to record the activity as part of your continuing education. An email will be sent to you and will act as your certificate of completion once you have successfully completed the requirements.

U.S. Green Building Council Education Provider (GBCI-CMP)
An education program for LEED professionals. Courses certified through the Green Building Certification Institute.


The Ken Soble Tower Transformation is a ground- breaking project rehabilitating a post-war apartment tower in Hamilton, Ontario to the Passive House EnerPHit retrofit standard – reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 94% and laying the groundwork for the industry-wide repair and renewal projects which are urgently needed to maintain thousands of apartments across Canada. This article will look at the project in detail, the roles of the different team members, and the challenges in executing this large Passive House retrofit project.


In the past century, builders used giant resources of energy and new chemical-based materials to conquer the vagaries of nature through power and mechanical engineering. An unintended consequence of these methods is  that, today, our buildings contribute approximately 40% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. In the Anthropocene, human carbon emissions are driving global warming. Because of this, we can no longer default to past industry norms.

This article argues that, to reflect societal values of democracy and inclusivity, build-ings must be designed to be accessible to all. This in turn implies that universal design must be seen not as an optional add-on, but as an essential and integrated aspect of all aspects of the built environment.

The article describes how a post-secondary institution selected retrofit packages when presented with many possible options, including both envelope and HVAC strategies. It provides an overview of the N Building Energy Retrofit Project at Humber College in Toronto, and the process it underwent in order to help achieve the University’s Integrated Energy Master Plan’s energy and greenhouse gas targets. It clarifies the important aspects of a holistic approach to energy savings as it relates to Humber College selecting an energy retrofit package for the N building.
The article looks at how designers can create interior environments that promote human health, wellbeing and productivity of the occupants. The article talks the reader through the various aspects of interior design that impact human health and wellbeing, and introduces strategies that can help achieve a healthier indoor environment.
The article helps the reader to understand the correct selection and placement of vapour permeable and impermeable materials within the assemblies to increase durability, and improve the thermal and health performance of building envelopes by keeping the wall system dry throughout the service life of the building. The article talks the reader through common wall construction assemblies such as stud cavity insulated walls, split insulated walls and highly insulated walls. It also teaches the reader the causes of and science behind vapour diffusion and condensation accumulation in walls.
This article looks at the passive and active design strategies that make TELUS garden a benchmark in building performance for private sector commercial developments in Canada.

This article looks at Environmental Building Declarations and the role it plays in a project. Readers will learn what functions are evaluated as part of achieving an EBD, how they are integrated into a project and the future role and importance of EBDs in building’s sustainability assessments. This article is for project owners and designers and will provide insight into whole-building life-cycle analysis assessments.

Thermally Efficient Building Envelopes: Visualizing the Pathway to Low Energy Buildings

Thermally efficient building envelopes have long been recognized as a necessity for low energy buildings in heating dominated climates. This article looks at how architects and designers can improve overall energy performance by looking at thermal efficient building envelopes and interface details and resources available.

Traditionally design teams have ensured buildings are built as designed, but as we move forward, how buildings are actually performing is becoming more and more important. This article looks at how projects are moving towards guaranteeing energy performance, the tools available, and impacts on the design team. Aimed at designers and building owners, this article will give you insight into the next generation of green building energy performance.
Life cycle thinking in construction is now more important than ever. Changes in LEED and Green Globes are pushing designers to consider life cycle impacts of their design choices, both on a material level and a whole-building level. This course will provide attendees with an understanding of life cycle assessment, an understanding of how to apply LCA to design, touch on how to achieve LCA credits in LEED v4 and Green Globes, and understand the environmental impacts of design choices.
Multi-trade prefabrication in healthcare facilities can help improve efficiency, provide good economic value, while providing the adaptability needed for changing healthcare practices. Readers will learn about prefabrication, when it make sense, and how it’s it done through the lens of two hospital case studies. This article is for architects, engineers, designers and governments of all levels who are involved in or interested in new healthcare facility design and construction.
This article looks at Building Envelope Commissioning and the role it plays in a project. Readers will learn what functions are evaluated, how to integrate it into a project timeline, and the role of the Building Envelope Commissioning Authority. This article is for project Owners, designers, and facility managers and will provide insight into commisioning beyond mechanical and electrical building systems.
This article summarizes a 3 year project undertaken at the Eath Rangers Centre (ERC), including a major energy audit, capital planning and construction, followed by LEED EB: O&M certification. Proof of the success of the project is the September 2012 LEED EB: O&M Platinum certification of the ERC with 92 of a possible 110 points, the highest score in Canada to date.