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)
Raphaelle 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 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 2015 schedule for the SBA Program in San Francisco follows:
14-Week Spring 2015 Class Schedule:
Start date: Friday, January 23 (after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
End date: Saturday, April 25
|January 23||Fri||Principles of Sustainable Building|
|January 24||Sat||Sense of Place / Sites|
|February 6||Fri||Sense of Place / Sites|
|March 14||Sat||Energy + Materials|
|March 28||Sat||Indoor Environments|
|April 3||Fri||Indoor Environments|
|April 24||Fri||Operations & Maintenance|
|April 25||Sat||Final Presentations|
14-Week Fall 2015 Class Schedule:
Start date: Friday, September 11 (after Labor Day)
End date: Saturday, December 5
|September 11||Fri||Principles of Sustainable Building|
|September 12||Sat||Sense of Place / Sites|
|September 18||Fri||Sense of Place / Sites|
|October 17||Sat||Energy + Materials|
|October 31||Sat||Indoor Environments|
|November 13||Fri||Indoor Environments|
|December 4||Fri||Operations & Maintenance|
|December 5||Sat||Final Presentations|
HOURS of CLASS MEETINGS:
Fridays: Classes meet from 1pm-5:30pm
Saturdays: Classes meet from 9am-5pm
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 now offer half-day classes on Fridays, from 1-5:30. We continue to offer full-day classes on Saturdays.
Upon completion of the SBA course and passing the exam, academic standards require the following in order for us to confer your CSBA certification:
- A declaration that you have completed high school or achieved an equivalent level of education (click here to download)
- A copy of your official ID:
- Driver’s license
- State identification card
Please send to our registrar, Mr. Benjamin Labonog at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive more information about the program please click here.