An Online Course on Energy Efficient Buildings for Beginners

In this course, you will:

  • Understand the impact buildings have on the environment

  • Learn how energy efficient buildings can lead to a greener society even in places where electricity is produced from clean energy sources. The case of the province of Quebec, Canada, where power is generated using hydroelectric dams, is closely examined

  • Discover the Canadian Government's plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector

  • Review various green building rating systems

  • Determine the profitability of energy efficient buildings

  • Duration : 2 hours

    This course allows participants to earn 2 engineering PDH (Professional Development hours).

  • Level: Introductory

    This course is suitable for beginners in the field of energy-efficient buildings.

  • Audience

    Engineers • Building Managers • Anyone wanting to learn about the current impact of buildings on the environment and how innovations in design are transforming them into an integral part of the fight against climate change.

  • Requirements

    No prerequisites needed

  • Format: 100% online

    Start instantly and progress at your own speed • On-demand video and text lessons • 2-year access from mobile telephone and computer

  • Shareable Certificate: Yes

    Earn a shareable completion certificate indicating that you have earned 2 engineering PDH (Professional Development Hours).

What you'll learn

  • Environmental impact of buildings

    The environmental impact of buildings in Quebec, Canada, and the world.

  • Benefits in Quebec

    The environmental benefits of energy efficient buildings in Quebec where more than 95% of the electricity supply comes from renewable resources.

  • Reducing GHG emissions in Canada

    The role the building sector will play in the Government of Canada's action plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

  • Rating systems

    The rating systems used for energy efficient buildings in Canada.

  • Profitability

    Determining the profitability of energy efficient homes and buildings.


How could better building design curb global warming?

Would you be surprised to learn that buildings are significant contributors to global warming? According to the IEA (International Energy Agency), the direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions from buildings account for 33% of global emissions. For this reason, architects and engineers around the world are rethinking how residential, commercial and institutional buildings are designed, transforming them from polluters to net producers of clean energy. In this first course of three, we begin our journey towards the building of the future, the net positive energy building, a building that produces more energy from renewable resources than it consumes.

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (1895 - 1983)

American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor, R. Buckminster Fuller was best known for popularising the geodesic dome such as the one pictured above. Now known as the "Montreal Biosphere," this R.B. Fuller design was part of the U.S. Pavilion in Montreal's Expo 67. The structure initially included a complex system of shades used to control its internal temperature. The sun-shading system was an attempt to mimic the same biological processes that the human body relies on to maintain its internal temperature.

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Introduction to energy-positive buildings


What engineers are saying about this course

Great course.

- JM from Quebec


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Marianne Salama, Eng., MBA

Marianne is the president and founder of iPolytek, a company whose mission is to provide training on the latest developments in engineering and relate these innovations to the most pressing issues of our time: climate change, water quality, air quality, and sustainability.

Marianne is a chemical engineer with over 18 years of experience in the field of air and water treatment using ozone. She is a graduate of McGill University (B.Eng.) and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the John Molson School of Business. A member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec (OIQ) and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, Marianne writes about a variety of subjects, including environmental technologies, renewable resources, and the energy transition.

" For me, engineering is about making the world a better place: one idea, one design, one project at a time. "

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are you an approved professional development course provider in Canada?

    Approval is not required. Canadian engineering boards do not approve, recommend or endorse any professional development course providers or courses.

  • Are you an approved professional development course provider in the USA?

    Approval is not required with the exception of the following states: Florida, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, and Indiana.

    iPolytek has not yet sought to be approved in these states. Therefore, engineers from these state should not use our courses to accumulate professional development hours. If you are from one of these states and would like to take our courses in the future, let us know.

  • How long do I have to complete the course once I have purchased it?

    You have 2 years to complete this course. You can find the course expiration date on the invoice saved in your account's order history. You will receive a notification email 30 days before your enrollment expires.

  • What is your refund policy?

    Due to the digital nature of our courses, we do not issue refunds. We encourage you to preview our courses and download the course notes for free before purchasing.


    The engineering boards of Florida, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, and Indiana require pre-approval of professional development course providers. iPolytek has not yet sought to be approved in these states. Therefore, engineers from these state cannot use our courses to accumulate professional development hours.

Professional Development

This course has been written to meet the professional development requirements defined by the orders of engineers of the following Canadian provinces and territories and the engineering boards of the following US states. These governing bodies do not require pre-approval of courses or course providers. For more information on the continuing education requirements set forth by your order or board, please click on your province or state below. 




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* These states do not have a professional development policy at this time.

It remains the engineer’s responsibility to determine whether an activity meets the guidelines set by their licensing body. It is also the engineer's responsibility to maintain and submit records of professional development activities to their engineering board.

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