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Green Building Training Program

Our Green Building Training Program is funded through the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP). SBDAP is meant to help businesses train their employees in relevant industry skills. UPDATE: registration and enrollment will no longer occur through the Mass Training Exchange.


Are you a business that has an office in Massachusetts? Do you employ less than 100 people in Massachusetts? Do you pay into unemployment? Then you might be interested in our FREE training program! Even if your company is nationally or internationally-based, as long as you employ less than 100 people in Massachusetts, your organization may be eligible to participate! All courses published through the Green Building Training Program are completely free for qualifying businesses. Want to take advantage? Then follow the registration process here.

What Is the Green Building Training Program?

Built Environment Plus is committed to upholding our mission to promote, train, and advocate for all forms of the sustainable building from design, construction, and ongoing operations. The Green Building Training Program is focused on cutting-edge instruction to address the design, construction, and operations of buildings. Current industry trends include more integrative design team processes and greater efficiency featuring sustainable green design outcomes.

Businesses that participate in the training areas will develop industry leading skills in:

  • Green design
  • Energy efficiency
  • Operations and management of green buildings
  • Integrative design planning and strategies for high performance buildings

Buildings are the single largest user of energy and producer of greenhouse gases, even more than our transportation systems. The demand for green building technicians in Massachusetts is rapidly increasing – currently, the industry is projected to grow another 13% (from 32% to 45%) between 2018-2021 based on a World Green Building Trends 2018 report. The report also cited client demand as a major reason for the continued growth of the green building market. Built Environment Plus aims to support the local building industry and provide small businesses with training opportunities to lead the green building market.

Who Is Eligible?

In order to qualify for the program, businesses must:

> Have an office in Massachusetts (the company’s headquarters can be outside of Massachusetts)
> Have less than 100 employees in Massachusetts (the company can have more employees globally)
> Pay into unemployment in Massachusetts
> Receive a Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Request your certificate here.

Have additional questions about eligibility?
Visit the SBDAP FAQ page.

What’s the Cost?

Training is free for eligible businesses!

What Training Is Available?

We will be providing training in three areas:

> LEED® Green Associates
> GPRO®: Green Professional Building Skills Training Operations and Maintenance
> Energy Modeling
> WELL AP® Exam Prep
> Preparing for and Managing Change Series

How Do I Register?

For organizations eligible for FREE training:

1) Request a Certificate of Good Standing here if you don’t already have one.

2) Please complete the form provided through the link above.

3) Once you have the certificate, register for training at our Eventbrite page here and look for courses with the “GBTP” label.

For those not eligible for the training program:

The public can register for the courses through our Eventbrite page.

Guide for Registering for the GBTP through the Small Business Direct Access Program:

Register here in order to begin! Approval takes 3-4 weeks, so sign up at your earliest convenience. Instructions below:

1. Request a Certificate of Good Standing here if you don’t already have one.

2. Please complete the form provided through the link above. You will need the following items in order to complete the form:

  • Federal Employer Identification Number
  • Valid Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue
  • Business contact at your organization
  • Basic information about your company and your company’s workforce, including the total number of full-time and part-time employees employed in Massachusetts.

3. Once you have been approved, register for training at our Eventbrite page and look for courses with the “GBTP” label.

Businesses must be approved by the Small Business Direct Access Program for funding prior to requesting enrollment in the course.

Course Descriptions

Like it or not, money talks. In pursuing high performance, there are many potential financial pitfalls.

For example, the benefit of high performance envelope strategies are often washed out with overly-conservative HVAC sizing; using rules of thumb for system sizing makes it look like achieving targets are out of reach. And, designers often are not aware of the impact of their design decisions on loads, HVAC system design, and construction cost. So, improper investments are made that tip the balance away from achieving both energy and construction cost goals.

In other words, using data to question and inform optimal design decisions is essential to achieve true high performance without driving up construction cost. The high performance goals extend beyond energy to address indoor environmental quality including thermal comfort and daylighting. The experts listed below, will guide you through these challenges, and approaches to deal with them, using real world experiences and case studies to showcase each scenario.

But, beyond your typical training, this session directly engages the attendees in a game that simulates the design decisions encountered on actual projects. In the game, teams compete to achieve high performance goals, while breaking the cost barrier. You will be surprised at what you learn through this hands-on process, and how much fun you have doing it!


Upon completion:

  • participants will be able to describe what drives a peak heating and cooling load, and how those related to annual energy consumption.
  • participants will be able to explain the impact that envelope performance and amount of glass have on HVAC system sizing and first cost.
  • participants will be able to dispel the myth that quality design, superior energy performance (NZE), occupant satisfaction and low first costs are incompatible goals through real examples.

This course will focus on climate impacts associated with carbon emissions from the built environment. It will emphasize the importance of goal setting and taking actions to manage building-related carbon emissions throughout a building’s life cycle.

The course will begin with an exploration of the context of climate emissions in the built environment, covering topics such as the global carbon cycle, whole building life cycle analysis, operational carbon, embodied carbon and the impact of building materials and practices, carbon storage and buildings as carbon sinks, the “time value” of carbon, and a series of solutions from material selection to policy engagement for addressing the climate impact of the built environment.

Next, the course will explore applied strategies in the context of a design practice, covering topics such as goal setting and defined metrics, defining core questions framing carbon analysis, carbon accounting tools, and workflow in the design process.

Finally, the course will guide participants through a series of workshops and facilitated discussion in which key barriers to and opportunities for implementing carbon reduction strategies in participants’ practices are identified, discussed, prioritized, and formulated into an action list for participants to reference moving forward to actualize real carbon reduction in their work.

Course Objectives: 

After attending this course, participants will be able to

  • Understand the impact of embodied carbon and carbon storage in building materials.
  • Become familiar with real-world examples and case studies that stored carbon.
  • Identify tools, workflow strategies, and other resources for carbon accounting in the design process.
  • Take action on opportunities and strategies for integrating climate action and carbon reduction into their professional practice.

Introduction to Energy Modeling with eQuest
12 Hour Training presented by Built Environment Plus

Building Energy Modeling is a versatile, multipurpose tool that is used in new building and retrofit design, green
certification, qualification for tax credits and utility incentives. The importance of creating energy models for a
building is growing as we focus on building energy efficiency as a key strategy to fight climate change and global

Learning Objectives:
After completing the course, attendees will be able to:
1) describe how modeling is used as part of an integrative design process
2) construct simple commercial building energy models using eQuest
3) interpret the results of energy models
4) distinguish between design models and validation models

Prerequisites and Target Audience
What will students need to know or do before starting this course?
This is a hands-on, project-based course that will give you the confidence to use energy modeling on your
projects. While there are no specific pre-requisites, knowledge of the building industry and basic building science
will be helpful.

The course will be spread across two days. At the conclusion of day one, attendees will be asked to perform
modeling exercises (aka homework) outside of class, to be completed by the next class session. Each section
will build upon previous work in class. By the end of the class, students will have created, run and QCed an
energy model on a building of their choosing. Along the way, we’ll touch on the uses of energy modeling in an
integrated design process, and some of the standards that apply to energy modeling such as ASHRAE 90.1
Appendix G.

Note that students will need access to a computer with the Windows operating system, and administrative rights
to be able to load the eQuest software.

Detailed Agenda
Day 1
9:30 AM – Start
• Introductions
• Uses of Energy Simulation
• Overview of eQuest
• Intro to Our Project
• Setting up Building Geometry

12:30 – 1PM Lunch Break
• Internal Loads
• HVAC systems
• Energy Targets
• Parametric Runs

4:00 PM – Finished for the Day

Goal for Day 1
1) Download and install eQuest
2) Get a general familiarity with the eQuest interface
3) Set up our Model in Wizard Mode
4) Identify an Energy Target for our project
5) Run Parametics to identify three energy saving strategies

Day 2
9:30 AM – Start
• Recap, Q & A
• Intro to Detailed Mode
• Tips and Tricks
•Creating Code Baseline

12:30 – 1PM Lunch Break
• Working Session
• Modeling Uncommon Systems
• Quality Control
• Wrap up

4:00 PM – Finished for the Day

Goals for Day 2
1) Move into to Detailed Mode
2) Create your Code Baseline
3) QC Your Results
4) Learn some tips and tricks


GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training, is a series of courses and certificate exams that teach the people who build, renovate, and maintain buildings the principles of sustainability combined with trade-specific green construction knowledge. GPRO Certificate Holders will be poised to work in accordance with new regulations and to meet the expectations of owners and tenants who want healthier, environmentally sustainable, and energy-efficient homes and offices. Learn more about the GPRO certificate program here.

With the Operations & Maintenance course, you will learn how to use building metrics to improve performance, improve the building envelope for a healthier building, reduce water use, employ strategies for more efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling systems, manage lighting to minimize energy use while maintaining lighting quality, maintain indoor air quality for tenant comfort, reduce waste, and understand the new NYC energy auditing and retro-commissioning requirements. Learn more about the Operations & Maintenance course here.

Intro to Healthy Materials – 3 Hours

This workshop will highlight the trends and tools available to find and select healthier products. Participants will learn the key product categories and how to research and find products that are better for the environment and building occupants. The workshop will highlight the trends and the tools available to find and select healthier products, including:

  • Health product declarations (HPDs)
  • Declare labels
  • C2C certification
  • Low-emitting materials

Healthy Materials – 6 Hours

In this course, participants will learn which Materials & Resources (MR) credits in LEED v4 your project can easily achieve, and what you need to know to get them. The MR credits in LEED v4 move us away from single-attribute product selection, and toward having a richer set of data to make more robust product selections using multiple attributes. The following will be covered:

  • Health Product Declarations
  • Low-emitting materials
  • All About VOCs: content & emissions We’ll look at the things to watch out for in key product categories, and how you can identify preferable alternatives.

Healthy Materials Lab Only – 4 Hours

This course builds on the Healthy Materials course and allows participants to practice the skills learned. The course will explore how an integrated design approach can improve the material selection process and strategies that designers can use to get products into specifications.
Describe the challenges posed by value engineering and the impacts of regrettable substitutions.

Implicit Bias in the Built Environment – 6 Hours

This interactive session will feature a combination of brief presentations, group design, exercises, and facilitated, full-group discussions. The intent is for participants to deepen their knowledge and understanding of inclusivity and implicit bias in the built environment at this moment in time, within their organization, and in their own individual work. The Focus of this workshop is to improve overall employee engagement and performance by maximizing inclusion and minimizing implicit bias in the workplace.

Participants will leave this session with:

  • A common understanding of inclusivity and implicit bias in the workplace – basic facts of how inclusivity improves performance, current and historical trends, and how implicit bias manifests itself in the workplace.
  • A deepened understanding of our individual and organizational biases – an examination and discussion of individual biases and assumptions in the workplace.
  • The ability to recognize implicit bias and adopt alternative inclusive practices – an examination of real-workplace examples highlighting the personal, professional, organizational, and cultural (market) levels.
  • Best Practices – specific, practical techniques (individual and organizational) to facilitate and support inclusivity and leverage strengths in our daily work related to the sustainability of the built environment.

The LEED Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive course which will prepare attendees for the LEED AP professional exam. This LEED AP Building Design and Construction training will walk through the requirements and calculations required for the following LEED credits: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Completing this course will prepare you for the prestigious LEED AP professional credential.

The LEED AP BD+C training also targets credit categories and summarizes the key points you will need to know to be successful on your LEED exam. If you have specific questions regarding a specialty exam, feel free to bring these questions to class and the instructor will cover these identified areas.

This LEED Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive course which will prepare attendees for the Green Associate exam. The day long curriculum is designed to cover the segments of the Green Associate Exam and to lightly cover the AP specialty exams. It will be a fast-paced class for real estate professionals, architects, engineers, and anyone else interested in green building practices and LEED. The majority of attendees have little previous knowledge of the LEED rating system, green building operations and green building construction. Upon completion of the class you will be eligible to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam at a local testing center.

Every company has to implement new things – whether it is a new time sheet, new project management software, or a comprehensive initiative like diversity and inclusion. In these unprecedented times, the challenges associated with change are heightened and intensified: how can a company navigate the process of change most effectively? How can you overcome resistance and build buy-in and momentum so there is faster adoption? How will your workflow and processes change in relation to new goals? How do you communicate internally and externally? How can you engage employees at different levels and across different business units?

This series of workshops digs into your unique business context and shows you how to apply the principles of change management so that you can be empowered to apply the same approach into the future, when new challenges arise.


Preparing for Change: Understanding Your Baseline and Setting Goals

In “Preparing for Change: Understanding Your Baseline and Setting Goals,” participants develop an understanding of their current situation, the challenges and barriers they face, and the cultural and systemic dynamics that influence how they do business. They then deconstruct their workflow to identify critical changes they can put in place to achieve their business objectives. The instructor uses this highly interactive format to introduce participants to core educational principles related to change management and organizational effectiveness.


Preparing for Change Advanced: Setting SMART Goals, Priorities and Strategies

Prerequisite Course: “Preparing for Change: Understanding Your Baseline and Setting Goals”

This course builds on the first session’s output and the basic education that participants received. In this session, the participants go to the next level and have an opportunity to apply these concepts to their specific context, taking the desired changes they identified previously and developing specific SMART goals (SMART=specific, measurable, achievable, results oriented, time-bound), and prioritizing them. This session will take participants through conducting stakeholder analysis, barrier assessment and interest-based inquiry.



Managing Change: Establishing Fundamental Principles and Approaches

Prerequisite Course: “Preparing for Change: Understanding Your Baseline and Setting Goals”

“Managing Change: Establishing Fundamental Principles and Approaches” follows what happens once an organization has established goals for what they want to achieve in the future. The next step is to assess capacity for change, understand the dynamics of past change efforts, and get a deeper exposure to the frameworks, strategies, and case studies used to implement change successfully. This information can guide an organization in developing their approach to rolling out any new initiative.


Managing Change Advanced: Developing Specific Implementation Strategies, Metrics and Feedback Loops to Track Progress

Prerequisite Courses: “Managing Change: Establishing Fundamental Principles and Approaches” & “Preparing for Change Advanced: Setting SMART Goals, Priorities and Strategies”

Building on Managing Change, this session takes the principles of change management that participants have learned and gives them an opportunity to apply them to their specific goals. The instructor uses this interactive exercise as the basis upon which to build a deeper understanding of how to manage the change effort to reduce resistance and grow buy-in. They also experience how to develop metrics and feedback loops for ongoing management and learn how to deal with challenges they encounter.

8 Hour Training presented by Built Environment Plus

Most people spend up to 90 percent of their time in buildings – while the health of the building is highly critical, it is a component that was often overlooked. Now with the advent of COVID-19, our perspective on this component has changed: building designers and operators must re-examine how we navigate offices, restaurants, stores, schools, and residential common areas. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out new guidelines for the health and safety of the indoor space. Fortunately, the WELL Building Standard provides the knowledge necessary to make the health and well-being of building residents an even greater priority.

The WELL standard is an evidence-base verified rating system focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, and the health of the occupants. WELL is grounded in the premise that buildings play a leading role in supporting the health and well-being of the residents.

This course covers the financial, societal, and environmental benefits of WELL certification. This course will explain the seven concepts of the WELL Building standard, strategies to achieve them, the health impacts they address, and summarize the certification process of the WELL Building Standard. The overlap between the WELL Standard and COVID-19 mitigation strategies for buildings will also be discussed.

The WELL AP Exam Prep Class will have nine sections over the course of one day. Upon completion of the class, students will be eligible to sit for the WELL AP exam.

The following core concepts will be covered:
• Cleaning and Sanitation Procedures
• Air and Water Quality Management
• Emergency Preparedness Programs
• Health Service Resources
• Stakeholder Engagement and Communication