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Building Energy and Resource Management

Get a career in green, sustainable building management with the Building Energy and Resource Management (BERM) program at Douglas College.

The courses are 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 courses have been developed with the support of Natural Resources CanadaBC Hydro, Fortis BC, the Homeowner Protection Office, MetroVancouver and other organizations.

Program overview

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:

  • HVAC
  • Lighting
  • Water
  • Controls

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
  • Durability
  • 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

Group with green wallStart dates

There are multiple ways to join the program. Check the Current course offerings page for upcoming courses. There is a pilot program if you want to enter between course start dates that you may qualify for. Please contact Steven Bishop for information about this program.

Tuition and costs

There are two options:

  • Individual course fee: $550.00
  • All 10 courses comprise the certificate program for a cost of $5,500.00


Courses can be taken individually, and in any sequence. Intake for courses occurs regularly. Please check the Course Offerings page for upcoming courses.

Admission requirements

Please contact the program facilitator to discuss the suitability of the program based on your background, interests and experience.

Contact us

For more information on anything related to the BERM program, contact Steven Bishop by email.

Upcoming Events:

There are opportunities to get involved in helping create a unique, live case study based program for industry partners and new students. For more information about Practical Energy and Advanced Knowledge for Buildings (PEAK/Buildings) email

2-day LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation course - see Workshops with partners for registration information. Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, 2017. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days.

Financial support provided by Natural Resources Canada

BC Hydro

Natural Resources Canada

This project was funded with the assistance of the Homeowner Protection Office of British Columbia Housing Management Commission ("BC Housing").

Homeowner Protection Office