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Building Energy and Resource Management Programs

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are replacing the BERM program with an updated and streamlined version. Practical Energy and Advanced Knowledge for Buildings (PEAK/Buildings) will be available this fall. See the PEAK/Buildings section of this website for more information. Contact us to receive updates and notice when the program is ready.

We are leaving some of the BERM program information up for now, as this provides additional information about the topics addressed in the PEAK/Buildings program.

Get a career in green, sustainable building management with the building-based energy and resource management programs 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 and PEAK/Buildings courses have been developed with the support of Natural Resources CanadaBC Hydro, Fortis BC, the BC Housing, MetroVancouver and other organizations.

We also partner with Canada Green Building council and Passive House Canada to deliver workshops they have developed.

Building-based energy and resource topics

Our courses combine 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

Building science topics include:

  • Heat flow
  • Moisture management
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Durability
  • Envelope air testing

We believe in  helping students develop necessary technical skills and 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.

Douglas College building and energy management education is recognized by the  Fortis BC Energy Specialist program.

Group with green wallStart dates

Check the Current course offerings page for upcoming courses. The PEAK/Buildings program will be available in fall 2017.


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:

March 21 6:30 pm information session: There are opportunities to get involved in helping create a unique, case-study-based program for industry partners and new students. For more information and registration for the Practical Energy and Advanced Knowledge for Buildings (PEAK/Buildings) information session, email bishops@douglascollege.ca.

See Workshops with partners for information about LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation courses, other Canada Green Building Council courses, Passive House courses, and specialized cohort training.

Financial support provided by Natural Resources Canada

BC Hydro

Natural Resources Canada

Funding for developing the PEAK/Buildings program was provided by the BC Housing.