Organizations are pursuing decarbonization activities in response to the setting of internal GHG reduction goals and regulations.  The eventual outcome of these drivers is to achieve net zero carbon emissions from the built environment in the coming decades.

This course focuses direct strategies and measures necessary to attain net zero emissions in buildings. The topics covered include:

  • Actions for achieving net zero emissions in new buildings.
  • Analysis of retrofit strategies and pathways for existing facilities.
  • Non-retrofit approaches to emission reduction (such as Renewable Energy Credits, Onsite Generation, Carbon Offsets, etc.).
  • Examination of related certifications (Passive House and CAGBC Zero Carbon Building Standard).
  • Non-energy emissions like embodied emissions and refrigerants.

In this two-day course, participants will learn about decarbonizing new and existing buildings as well as alternatives to decarbonization retrofits for buildings without access to low carbon fuel sources. The course will provide case studies and practical activities from a variety of building types including commercial, multi-unit residential and institutional.  One of the core takeaways from this course will be that participants will apply what they learned by creating their own low carbon roadmap to take an existing building in their portfolio down to net zero emissions.


In this course you will learn to

  • Design a net-zero pathway for a building.
  • Pinpoint building emission sources throughout its lifecycle.
  • Apply emission reduction strategies for buildings in consideration of carbon intensive electricity grids.
  • Determine optimal retrofit sequences in an existing building.


This course is ideal for

This course is relevant to anyone involved in facility management, operations management and planning, or sustainability planning. It is especially valuable to those tasked with identifying and implementing decarbonization projects in commercial, industrial, multi-unit residential, and institutional buildings.

  • Sustainability, environment, or decarbonization managers
  • Building or portfolio assets managers
  • Energy managers
  • Building owners and operators


CIET Virtual Real-Time Classroom training

This training will be offered virtually through Microsoft Teams. Upon enrollment, you will receive the information you will need to enjoy a great training experience.

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Course starts! 9:00 AM 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 11;00 AM 11:30 AM
Training 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Morning Break 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Training 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Lunch Break 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Training 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Afternoon Break 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Training 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Course Ends/ Trainer Help Desk Opens! 4:30 PM 2:30 PM 3:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM
Optional Help Desk (Q&As) 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM


Brad White, P.Eng, MASc

Brad is a Professional Engineer with over thirteen years experience in energy efficiency, low carbon technologies, and smart building systems. He has demonstrated his passion for the sustainable use of energy throughout his professional career and this continues to be a driving force in his work. Brad works closely with clients to integrate leading edge technologies and energy conservation strategies into existing buildings; these can include fault detection and analytics, low carbon heating systems, and advanced controls. Brad is heavily involved as thought leader in the industry. He has done presentations for ASHRAE, EGBC, taught various courses for the BC Hydro Energy Manager Training program and most recently he taught the CIET course “Making the Case for Decarbonization”. 

Stephanie Poole, P.Eng, PMP

Stephanie is a professional engineer with a wide range of project experience including performing energy efficiency audits, coordinating project implementations, and commissioning. Recently, she has been focused on low carbon energy studies and is currently coordinating the implementation of a deep energy retrofit that aims to reduce the GHG emissions on four multi-unit residential buildings by greater than 80%. Stephanie also has a diploma in teaching and is currently involved in course development and teaching for CIET, the BC Hydro Energy Manager Training program and the UBC Clean Energy Engineering program. 

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