Building Science for New Homes

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This course is approved for 24 CPD credits.
This course meets the “Construction Technology” qualification requirement for New Residential Builders as set out by the Licensing and Consumer Services Branch of BC Housing.


Members of CHBA BC are eligible to receive a 25% discount on select courses. Membership starts at one of our nine local Home Builders’ Associations.

If you are interested in becoming a member, view all membership benefits and fill out a quick form . You can also directly contact the Local Home Builders’ Association in your area for more information.

If you’re already a member of a local Home Builders’ Association, please email to confirm eligibility for your course fee discount. Note that simply signing up for CHBA BC student account does not qualify you for a member discount.


Do you understand technical aspects of building quality, energy efficient homes that meet industry standards? As every good builder knows, ensuring quality is essential, especially in Canada’s demanding climate. This course is designed to equip you with an understanding of the fundamental principles required for building high-quality, energy- and resource-efficient housing.

Whether you are seeking initial residential builder licensing or want to become a licensed R-2000* builder, this course will help you meet your goals. This is also the suggested course for participating in the EnerGuide* and ENERGYSTAR® for New Homes program. Suppliers, manufacturers, designers and code officials will also benefit from these topics:

Explain the “house-as-a-system” concept;
Includes a copy of the CHBA Builders’ Manual to have at your fingertips/on the job.
Understand building science that affects durability and occupant comfort, including heat flow and moisture flow;
Explain the relevance of energy and resource efficiency to environmental responsibility;
Recognize the relationship between materials and envelope barriers;
Identify the role of various mechanical systems;
Determine engineered building components;
Appreciate the importance of climate-specific construction;


The Student Manual, “CHBA Builders Manual” (included as part of the course fee);
Wifi is NOT guaranteed during in-class sessions.


Upon registration for the course, the course manual will be delivered by regular post. Students are expected to complete a self-paced review of the course manual prior to attending the 2-day in-class sessions. There is no online component to this course.

The in-class session will be used to review material, answer questions, and prepare you for the open book exam in the afternoon, on Day 2.


A pass mark of 80% is required on the in-class open book exam is written on the afternoon of the in-class session. A candidate is given the opportunity to re-write the examination a maximum of two times before having to retake the entire course.

The grade you receive upon completing the in-class open book exam is your grade for the entire course. Completion of the course, including the awarding of the course completion certificate, is withheld until all assignments and chapter quizzes are completed.


All requests for refunds must be made only in writing via email to No telephone requests will be accepted. All refund requests must be made via email to

If a request is received within 14 days of initial registration date, a registrant who requests a refund will receive a full refund less a $150.00+GST administrative fee.

If a request is received during the period from 14 days after the registration date to 4pm of the 14th day prior to the one-day in-class session (which is reserved during the registration process), a registrant who requests a refund will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.

Within 14 days from the start of the one-day in-class session, no refunds will be issued; registrants will forfeit all course fees.

All requests for course date changes carry a $150+GST administrative fee. All requests for course date changes must be made only in writing via email to Students may only defer a course to a maximum of 2 times, before full course re-enrollment is required.


If you are unable to attend an in-class session and would like to send another individual in your place, please note there will be a $150+GST administration fee. All requests must be received no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of an in-class date. All requests for student name substitutions will only be accepted via email to

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