Building Systems – HousingU online course

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Registration opens December 11th, 2017.

FOAM 102 (Building Systems) is an intermediate level course that focuses on the building as a system of interconnected parts. FOAM 102 builds on the lessons learned from FOAM 101, however no prerequisite is needed. Participants will set up a building asset inventory system as part of this course. This course can be completed in 8 weeks, however participants have up to 3 months to complete.

Topics include:

Introduction to FOAM 102 - Building Systems | The Hierarchy in the Built Environment | Mental Maps of Building Systems | The Structural System | The Enclosure System | The Mechanical System | The Fire Protection System | The Elevator System | The Interior Finishes System | The Sitework System | Asset Inventories | Final Project

What you'll learn

By the end of FOAM 102 (Building Systems) course, successful participants will able to:

  • Identify and recognize relevant building systems and sub-systems.
  • Understand the general operations & maintenance implications for each of the building systems.
  • Create an inventory of assets in your building(s).
  • Identify the main issues related to specific building systems.
  • Appreciate the critical nature of some building components, which is necessary for prioritization under budget constraints (risk management).

Time commitment

This course includes approximately 32 hours of content. It is recommended that you commit to studying for 3-4 hours a week in order to be done in 8 weeks. However, you will have up to 3 months to complete. You can progress at your own pace, log in to do assignments, and participate in forum discussions whenever when it’s convenient for you. Having said that, we do encourage you to stick to the posted weekly schedule so that most participants will be working on the same topic at roughly the same time.


This is an intermediate level course so some prior knowledge of Operations and Maintenance would be helpful. Completion of FOAM 101 is recommended but not mandatory. As an online course, participants must have basic computer skills and have access to a computer with MS Office 2010 or later and a modern, safe browser. We recommend Chrome, however any updated browser will work. Templates used in this course may require MS Excel, MS Word and .pdf reader. This course is provided in English and requires reading and writing at a grade 8 level.

Start and end dates

January 22, 2018 - April 13, 2018


$139 + GST for members , $209 + GST for non-members

Volume Discount: Register 3 or more people from the same organization for this course and your rate will be reduced to $109 each (+GST). This offer is for BCNPHA members only. To take advantage of this discounted rate, please email

For more information email:

Kate Nielsen

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