Our Certificate in Sustainable Building & Design provides students with a solid grounding in sustainable design principles, along with hands-on experience in the design/build process. Ranging from community-scale planning to the details of photovoltaic installation, the Certificate covers a broad spectrum of topics from small to large scale. Balancing theory with hands-on practice, students have the opportunity to explore alternative, innovative, and experimental design and building methodologies and materials. The certificate program is designed for those wishing to learn the art of design/build while developing a strong understanding of the concepts and methods of green design.
The Certificate program includes the three-week Core Curriculum, plus an additional eighteen days of elective courses and workshops. Students enrolled in the Certificate program will also be expected, with the support of an advisor, to participate in a practicum project and presentation after finishing the full curriculum. Through this culminating activity, the student documents his/her theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in the area of sustainable building and design in a hands-on manner before a jury of professional architects and builders. The scope, topic, and form of the Practicum and presentation are determined by the student and advisor, depending upon the skills, interests, and focus of the student.
There is no official start or end date to the program, though we strongly suggest that students begin the program with the Core Curriculum. One can participate as classes are available and as one’s schedule permits. With careful planning some participants complete the program within six months, while others might chip away at it over several years. There are no prerequisites for entering the program.
This course is available to Sterling students through our partnership with Yestermorrow Design/Build School. For more information about Sterling’s partnership with Yestermorrow please visit this page.