Building Energy and Resource Management
Financial support provided by
Natural Resources Canada
This project was funded with the assistance of the Homeowner Protection Office of British Columbia Housing Management Commission ("BC Housing").
Get a career in green, sustainable building management with the Building Energy and Resource Management (BERM) program at Douglas College.
This two-semester program is designed to provide you with the specific management skills, technical skills and critical thinking abilities to manage change in this constantly evolving world and to transfer that knowledge to others.
BERM has been developed with the support of Natural Resources Canada and BC Hydro.
The program combines advanced understandings of improving building-based energy and environmental performance with energy efficiency and cost containment approaches to energy management.
Competencies developed include navigating current sensibilities concerned with energy and resources, including public and organizational policies, programs and incentives.
You will also gain a practical understanding of building systems, such as:
Another major part of the BERM program is picking up the theories and hands-on applications of building science topics, including:
- Heat flow
- Moisture management
- Indoor environmental quality
- Envelope air testing
The program combines necessary technical skills with the communication skills needed for facilitating policy and organizational changes while implementing energy and resource conservation measures.
Graduates of the program take their place in the low-carbon economy, providing important contributions to a sustainable society.
As of May 2012, the Douglas College BERM program has now been included as a qualifying program for the Fortis BC Energy Specialist funding. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next intake starts September 16, 2013.
Tuition and costs
Individual course fee: $550. Tuition fee for the 10 course certificate program: $5,550. All 10 classes in the program are covered in one textbook which is available for $200.
The program can be completed in two semesters of full-time study, or over three or more semesters of part-time study in consultation with an advisor. Individual courses can be taken for professional development or personal interest.
In order to gain entry to this program, you must have completed ONE of the following:
- High school diploma with Math 11 and Physics 11
- Equivalent international educational experience
- Equivalent work experience
For more information on anything related to the BERM program, contact Brian Chapell at 604 527 5001 or by email.