Schedules of upcoming SBA Programs

Fall  2014
3 month (14-week) format
9/5/14 –  12/6/14
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Summer 2014
Intensive 8-week Summer format
5/30/14  –  7/19/14
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San Francisco Bay Area

Sustainable Building Advisor Program Course Location

The Pacific Energy Center (PEC) hosts the classroom portion of the San Francisco Sustainable Building Advisor Program. The PEC is a training facility that offers educational programs, design tools, advice and support to create energy efficient buildings and comfortable indoor environments. Incorporated into the SBA program curriculum are the resources available at the facility, such as the lighting lab, demonstration exhibits, interactive exercises and expert instructors. Also included in the program are field trips to exemplary sustainable and green building projects throughout the Bay Area.

The Pacific Energy Center is located at:
851 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(map & directions)

Head Instructor

Raphaelle Hallaj

Raphaelle HallajRaphaelle Hallaj (Formerly Richarde) has been interested in environmental, ecological issues since 1995. While attending the San Francisco Institute of architecture to study ecological architecture, she focused on building-related environmental destructive issues, examining how we build, use, waste, and live in buildings. She has taught sustainable design classes at California Polytechnic State University, Stanford University and California College of the Arts. Her experience covers large commercial, residential, renovation, and educational buildings  design/construction, green construction, LEED, and natural building methodologies. She has worked with UC Berkeley/DOE, WSP Energy& Environment, Green Career Institute, Swinerton Builders, Peninsula Habitat for Humanity, and Vital Systems. She holds an (auditing status) Masters Degree in Construction Management from Stanford University, a BFA in Interior Architecture from Otis Parsons School of Design; MS in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University (SLO). She is a LEED Accredited Professional. She has led many LEED certified projects, including some of the earliest projects to achieve LEED certification in California (2002) and more recently in the Middle East and China.

She has participated in numerous presentations and workshops focusing on Green Building and clean energy that include: 2011Speaker at the AIA, “Zero Net Energy Series for Commercial Buildings” on Fuel Cells technology, in collaboration with PG&E, 2010PG&E and UC Berkeley, “Clean Energy Technology and LEED For Large Commercial Buildings”,2008 Speaker at the Ecocity World Summit in San Francisco, CA., on Masdar Solar City- Abu Dhabi; 2006 speaker at the International Eco Architecture Conference on Harmonization between Architecture and Nature/Sustainability, WIT Press, UK, “A Methodology for Sustainable Design Analysis of Large-Scale Buildings.”, WIT transactions on the Build Environment.

The New & Improved Schedule for the SBA Program in San Francisco in 2014 is:

  • Newly designed for working adults!
  • The new and improved schedule for the SBA Program now offers half-day classes on Fridays from 1-5:30 pm, and Saturdays from 9am-5pm.

The SBA Program offers courses at three different times of the year: Spring, Summer and Fall. During the Spring and Fall schedules, classes meet every other week (Fridays and Saturdays) over 14 weeks. For the Summer schedule, classes meet every week for 8 weeks, ending mid-July (and excepting the 4th of July holiday). Each course meets the required 6 academic units (90 contact hours) requirement.

The 2014 schedule for the SBA Program in San Francisco follows:

14-Week Spring Class Schedule:

Start date: Friday, January 24 (after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
End date: Saturday, April 26

Spring 2014 curriculum by date

Date Day Topic(s)
January 24 Fri Principles of Sustainable Building
January 25 Sat Sense of Place / Sites
February 7 Fri Sense of Place / Sites
February 8 Sat Water
February 21 Fri Water
February 22 Sat Energy
February 23 Sun Energy
March 7 Fri Energy
March 8 Sat Energy + Materials
March 21 Fri Materials
March 22 Sat Indoor Environments
April 4 Fri Indoor Environments
April 5 Sat Construction
April 25 Fri Operations & Maintenance
April 26 Sat Final Presentations

Intensive 8-Week Summer Class Schedule:

Start date: Friday, May 30 (after Memorial Day)
End date: Saturday, July 19

Summer 2014 (intensive) curriculum by date

Date Day Topic(s)
May 30 Fri Principles of Sustainable Building
May 31 Sat Sense of Place / Sites
June 6 Fri Sense of Place / Sites
June 7 Sat Water
June 13 Fri Water
June 14 Sat Energy
June 15 Sun Energy
June 20 Fri Energy
June 21 Sat Energy + Materials
June 27 Fri Materials
June 28 Sat Indoor Environments
July 11 Fri Indoor Environments
July 12 Sat Construction
July 18 Fri Operations & Maintenance
July 19 Sat Final Presentations

14-Week Fall Class Schedule:

Start date: Friday, September 5 (after Labor Day)
End date: Saturday, December 6

Fall 2014 curriculum by date

Date Day Topic(s)
September 5 Fri Principles of Sustainable Building
September 6 Sat Sense of Place / Sites
September 19 Fri Sense of Place / Sites
September 20 Sat Water
October 3 Fri Water
October 4 Sat Energy
October 5 Sun Energy
October 17 Fri Energy
October 18 Sat Energy + Materials
October 31 Fri Materials
November 1 Sat Indoor Environments
November 14 Fri Indoor Environments
November 15 Sat Construction
December 5 Fri Operations & Maintenance
December 6 Sat Final Presentations

See Calendar for Season

 

HOURS of CLASS MEETINGS:

Fridays: Classes meet from 1pm-5:30pm

Saturdays: Classes meet from 9am-5pm

ATTENDANCE:

Need Fridays off? Request a Letter for Your Employer! The SBA enrollment counselors can provide a letter describing the benefits of this unique program for prospective students and their employers. Click here to see a sample letter.

Can’t make some days?  You only need 85% attendance to still qualify for certification.  In addition, you can also replace up to 15 hours of class time with our approved webinars.  Click here for more information.

The SBA Program is perfect for working adults. We have recently revised the Friday schedule and nooffer half-day classes on Fridays, from 1-5:30. We continue to offer full-day classes on Saturdays.

Certification Requirements

Upon completion of the SBA course and passing the exam, academic standards require the following in order for us to confer your CSBA certification:

  1. A declaration that you have completed high school or achieved an equivalent level of education (click here to download)
  2. A copy of your official ID:
  • Driver’s license
  • State identification card
  • Passport

Please send to our registrar, Mr. Benjamin Labonog at: benjamin.labonog@lifelonginstitute.com.


To receive more information about the program please click here.

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