Building Analyst Quick Start Certificate

The Building Analyst Quick Start Certificate Online Program, offered in partnership with ed2go, will train you on the principles of green buildings, from insulation to indoor air quality, as well as how to perform comprehensive building assessments. This program is designed to put you into close simulations of situations you can expect to encounter in the real world.

Who Should Attend

  • Those entering or looking to expand their expertise in the industry
  • Those beginning their career in home performance, whether as an HVAC technician; an envelope worker; a siding and window specialist; or an employee in a similar occupation
  • People who will be engaged in conducting building assessments, energy audits, performance testing, energy ratings, green ratings, rating verifications, quality assurance, quality installations, building inspections, home inspections, home tune-ups, or other related building improvement, evaluation or repair services

Certificate Completion

This program has been designed to help prepare individuals on the path to various NATE, NARI, BPI, RESNET and other industry credentials related to green building performance.

Delivery Format

  • The entire program is offered online
  • Instructor-facilitated online courses
  • Start anytime during the quarter
  • Learn from the convenience of your home and at your pace

Course Information
Course No. GES 717
Units NC
Fee* $1,395

* Fees are subject to change


Training Time

60 hours; 6 months

I. Principles of Green Buildings

  1. House as a System
  2. Air Flow Basics
  3. Heat Flow, Insulation, Windows
  4. Framing and Air Sealing
  5. Moisture Management
  6. Conditioning Strategies
  7. Ventilation
  8. Combustion Safety
  9. Indoor Air Quality Basics

II. Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments

  1. Observation Techniques and Data Collection
  2. Exterior Inspection and Exterior Building Systems Analysis
  3. Interior Inspections and Building Analysis
  4. Blower Door and Zonal Pressure Diagnostics, Ventilation Rates
  5. Combustion Safety, Testing and Analysis I
  6. Combustion Safety, Testing and Analysis II
  7. Duct Diagnostics
  8. Reporting and Documentation

Skill Sets

  • Have completed the initial portion of the BPI and other Home Performance certification processes
  • Have a better understanding of all the major systems found in a conventional building
  • Understand issues of building science and how they can relate to occupant health
  • Discover the relationships of building systems and building sustainability
  • Know observation techniques and data-collection skills
  • Use inspection and analysis approaches for comprehensive building assessments
  • Understand diagnostic testing procedures for evaluating buildings
  • Know how to prepare reports and findings for building owners


  • Must have access to a computer, Internet and an active e-mail account.
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  • It's recommended that students purchase the following textbook: Residential Energy: Cost Savings and Comfort for Existing Buildings, by John T. Krigger and Chris Dorsi.