PEAK/Buildings

Practical Energy and Advanced Knowledge for Buildings (PEAK/Building) is an updating and streamlining of the BERM program. We are about to launch a pilot of the first course.  

Here is some general information:

The program will be comprised of:

  • a prerequisite foundational knowledge course (online)
  • 5 core courses (online and evening classes)
    • Envelope, Systems, Economics, Comfort and Leadership
  • a capstone/practical work experience course

The time commitment for each course will be 30 – 40 hours over a six-week period for each course.

The program is part-time. It will take less than 1 year to complete.

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

  • Admission to the program usually follows from an in-person or phone meeting with the prospective student. There are no pre-requisites; we simply make an effort to make sure the program or course is a good fit with the student’s needs. Successful students have included those with technical, construction, or business backgrounds and personal interest.
  • PEAK/Buildings will be a certification from Douglas College. The certificate is for professional development/continuing education (not a diploma or university transfer program) We have maintained a good network with the original funding partners for BERM (Natural Resources Canada, BC Hydro, Home Owners Protection Office, BC Housing), with BC Building Envelope Council and with Fortis BC. Fortis BC recognizes the credential as part of their funding to organizations who hire Energy Specialists.
  • The format of the program follows: The initial course is online (interactive, self-paced, instructor contact by email, video conference and website); The five core courses are all hybrid: partially online, on campus every other week at the New Westminster campus.
  • The student has to be legally in Canada. Because it is a part-time, continuing education program, it does not usually qualify for a student visa.