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Credits for Sustainable Design

Academic Credits
All Sustainable Design Institute courses are worth 1.5 graduate academic credits for degree students.


Continuing Education Credits
Many courses in the sustainable design program are approved for continuing education credits.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The AIA has approved some courses for Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) continuing education learning units (LUs) for architectural registration and AIA membership requirements. AIA members who are registering for an AIA-approved course online will need to call their AIA number in to the BAC at 617.585.0101 after they have completed their registration. The BAC Professional and Continuing Education Department will then report their attendance to the AIA once the course is completed. Students who are not AIA members can receive a letter of completion for their files by calling the BAC Professional and Continuing Education Department. See below for a list of AIA-approved courses.

GBCI: Green Building Certification Institute

All SDI sustainable design courses qualify for GBCI CE Hours for LEED AP's. All courses contain "general category" GBCI CE hours. Three courses, "High Performance Design and the LEED Rating System", "Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities" and "Sustainable Neighborhoods", contain LEED-specific hours, based on their content. Students should keep track of their own hours for their records. Based on past experience, students have spent an average of 48 hours in the courses. However, this number may vary among individuals. LEED AP's who have completed a course should request a transcript from the BAC Registrar's office and attach the course description from the website to the transcript. These documents should be used for self-reporting and kept in student files for GBCI audits.
A number of the SDI sustainable design courses have been previously approved by the GBCI's Education Review Board (ERB) for 48 GBCI CE Hours (general category). See below for a list of ERB-approved courses.

Completing any one of the SDI courses can provide eligibility for those wishing to take the LEED Green Associate test. Students who have completed a course should request a transcript from the BAC Registrar and attach it to a course description from the website for submission to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Consult the GBCI for further details.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program

RIBA has approved all courses for its members. RIBA members who have completed an approved course should request a transcript from the BAC Registrar's office and attach the course description from the website to the transcript. These documents should be used for self-reporting and kept in their files for CPD audits.

Center for Health Design

The Center for Health Design has approved the SDI course Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities for 6 EDAC CEU's. Students who have completed this course should request a transcript from the BAC Registrar and attach to it a course description from the website for their files. They should then request a report form from the EDAC (edac@healthdesign.org ).

For further information on Continuing Education credits, contact the Professional & Continuing Education Department at ce@the-bac.edu. or +1-617-585-0101.

 

AIA-Approved Courses
All courses are approved for 24 HSW LU's

  • Environmental Systems
  • The Zero Energy Home: What, How and If
  • Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities
  • Urgent & Hopeful Future of Sustainable Design
  • Greening Existing Buildings
  • Solar Energy: Design With the Sun
  • Daylighting and State-of-the-Art Electric Lighting
  • Marketing Sustainability
  • Sustainable Communities: Land Use, Transportation, and Planning
  • Learning from Sustainable Design through History
  • Green Roofs/Green Walls
  • Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking
  • Green Practice: Energy & Air Quality Principles
  • Building Envelope
  • Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • Green Residential Remodeling & Renovation
  • Greening the City
  • Global Perspectives on Sustainable Design
  • Residential Energy Modeling
  • Economics of Green Building
  • Introduction to the International Green Construction Code
  • Multiple Urbanisms: Divergence or Synergy
  • Site Design, Landscaping and Site-Water Issues
  • Materials, Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality
  • High Performance Design & LEED Rating System

ERB (USGBC)-Approved Courses
All approved for 48 GBCI CE Hours

  • Building Envelope
  • Environmental Systems
  • Getting the Green Building You Want: Construction Mgmt
  • Global Perspectives on Sustainable Design
  • Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality Principles
  • Green Roofs/Green Walls
  • High Performance Design and the LEED Rating System
  • Marketing Sustainability
  • Materials, Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Site Design, Landscaping and Site-Water Issues
  • Solar Energy: Design with the Sun
  • Sustainable Communities, Land Use and Transportation
  • Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking
  • Sustainable Design in Practice
  • Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities
  • The Urgent and Hopeful Future of Sustainable Design
  • The Zero Energy Home: What, How and If