Organizations that own and operate buildings are increasingly setting aggressive targets to reduce their emissions. These targets are driven by a variety of factors that are creating an environment of carbon risk. Some of these factors include increasing carbon taxes, carbon pollution limits, corporate social responsibility, and tenant demands. At the same time, extreme heat and wildfire events are challenging us to create more climate resilient buildings. To meet these aggressive targets, many organizations are undergoing a priority shift from energy efficiency measures to decarbonization projects. This means undertaking projects with more stakeholders, higher costs, and more complex technical and operational considerations. These factors can make planning for a low carbon transition and selecting decarbonization projects a complicated endeavour. Where do you start? What projects or buildings do you prioritize? How do you determine the best path to decarbonize your portfolio? This course walks you through how to select the best path to decarbonize your portfolio. We use case studies to illustrate some important decarbonization project considerations and success factors.

This two-day course is designed to provide participants with a guide to decarbonize their facilities.

Day 1 is focused on decarbonization planning and portfolio level prioritization. We review triggers for decarbonization upgrades, benchmarking tools, and energy studies. Participants create a plan for decarbonizing an example portfolio.

Day 2 is focused on prioritizing individual projects within buildings, interactive building effects, and the implementation and M&V considerations as well as how to develop a low carbon roadmap for an individual facility. The course content is presented using a number of case studies across the commercial, institutional, multi-unit residential, and light industrial sectors.

This course provides participants with the tools and expertise needed to determine the best path to decarbonization aligned with multiple organizational objectives including emission reduction targets, capital planning cycles, operator capacity and expertise, and climate adaptation. Participants learn best practices as developed through real world expertise to ensure their decarbonization projects are effective in both the short and long term.


Key Learning Objectives

  • Translate company targets into building specific plans
  • Prioritize GHG reduction projects within buildings
  • Select and justify different types of studies
  • Define an effective decarbonization project
  • Develop a low carbon roadmap for a portfolio of buildings
  • Apply best practices



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.


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


1. Prioritization

  • What are your catalysts for change? Capital planning, climate adaptation, occupant comfort?
  • What are the aligned non-energy opportunities?


2. Where do you start?

  • What do you need to have in place to be successful?
  • Benchmarking
  • Building automation and data-driven design


3. Activity 1

  • Develop a portfolio plan
  • Present and discuss


4. Identifying measures

  • High level overview
  • Review: Building as a system & interactive effects
  • Renewal bundles or staged approach


5. Low carbon roadmap

  • What is it? What should it include? Planning with the end in mind
  • XX-ready design; plan for future projects
  • Case studies: Commercial, light industrial, residential, municipal
  • In what order do you implement projects?


6. Implementation considerations

  • Project delivery system: Design build, design-bid-build, integrated design


7. M&V considerations

  • Performance accountability
  • Type of monitoring: Utility bills, submetering, equipment level
  • Re-baselining


8. Activity 2

  • Develop your building level low carbon roadmap
  • Present and discuss


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”. 

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