FOAM 108 – Sustainable Buildings – HousingU online course

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FOAM 108 – Sustainable Buildings, is an intermediate level course focuses on strategies to reduce the impact that operating and maintaining affordable housing has on the environment. The course includes tools, practices and tips to increase sustainability, while reducing the negative effects of energy and water use and waste production.

This course will help new and experienced property and building managers, maintenance staff, and administrators integrate environmentally sustainable practices into their existing operations and maintenance plans.

Topics include:

Defining Sustainability | Benefits of Green Buildings | Motivation for Change | Benchmarking and Tracking | Energy Management | Pest and Site Management | Water and Waste Management | Financing Sustainability

What you'll learn

By the end of the FOAM 108 – Sustainable Buildings, successful participants will have created a building operations and maintenance sustainability plan for their building or buildings.

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. 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

April 18, 2017 - June 30, 2017


$109 + GST for members , $169 + GST for non-members

For more information email:

Kate Nielsen

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