Certificate in Building Science and Net Zero Design

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Net Zero buildings are carbon neutral structures that integrate hyper efficiency with renewable technologies. They are at the cutting edge of sustainable design, and key strategy for policymakers addressing climate change.

Net Zero designs are made possible with an understanding of building science- the analysis of how physical phenomena, including heat, moisture, air movement, and gravity affect buildings. Building science provides a body of knowledge for designers to use these forces to maximize comfort and minimize energy use.

Through lecture, case study, demonstration, hands-on testing, and design exercises, students will gain a firm grasp of the science behind building performance, and begin to explore how to design in accordance with the laws of physics and the forces of nature. If you are a designer, builder, project manager, property owner, or policy professional, or are moving toward one of these careers, a firm understanding of building science and the path to net zero buildings is fast becoming a critical credential for any successful practitioner.  Prerequisite: basic building literacy or enrollment in Yestermorrow’s two-day Anatomy of a House workshop, occurring immediately prior to the Certificate program.

Formal class sessions take place on weekdays only unless otherwise noted.



Great to have such a variety of teachers with different backgrounds and strengths

Megan and Laura are exceptional at teaching and organizing. I love Peter Y.'s course. Deva is wonderful, I could sit and hear him for weeks.


AIA Credit Courses, Pro Series, Sustainable Design Build


Intermediate, Professional


  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): 140 HSW
  • Sterling College: 10 Continuing Education Units ($1300 additional)

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