Building Systems (Winter 2021) – HousingU online course

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Building Systems

Registration for the Fall 2021 cohort (Sept 13-Dec 5) opens mid-August. Course fee is subject to change.

Building Systems focuses on the building as a system of interconnected parts. This online, facilitated course will help new and experienced property and building managers, maintenance staff, and administrators understand the interconnected building systems, and the importance of maintenance to keep them functioning in good order. Participants will create an operations and maintenance plan that meets their unique operational and organizational needs, and will set up a building asset inventory system as a component of this course. This course can be completed in 8 weeks; however, participants have up to 3 months to complete.

“It was great to do this course. It has really opened my eyes to see how involved maintenance work is. This course material, though overwhelming when thinking about putting it all into works, is super helpful for knowing how to get on track and for knowing the different avenues that need to be completed to have a really successful maintenance program.” – Annette Odurukwe, Building Technician for Meadowbrook Seniors’ Residence 

“I am very glad to have taken this course. It has made me more aware of the importance of having a knowledgeable and well trained staff in my role of monitoring a 10-year old building.” – Dave Mendez, More than a Roof Housing Society

Topics include:

Introduction to 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 this 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.


Some prior knowledge of Operations and Maintenance would be helpful. Completion of Asset Management Foundations 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 18, 2021 - April 11, 2021


$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


To register, click the large green button at the top of this page: “Login to account”, or “Create an account” (if you do not yet have one). Note: We require a unique email address for each course participant as our online learning system will not accept duplicate emails. If you need further instructions, click Course registration instructions.

This course is part of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program.

Registrants will receive course access instructions from one week prior to the course start date.

For more information email:

Kate Nielsen - Education Lead

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