Building Science Education

Photo of students investigating building enclosure moisture problems at a field testing facility in British Columbia.

Students study moisture building enclosure issues at the Coquitlam Field Test facility in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Credit: John Straube

Building America supports the education of future design and construction industry professionals in solid building science principles. Education is critical to widespread development of high-performance homes that are energy efficient, healthy, and durable.

Here you will find information about university-level curricula and other resources based on the latest advances in building science, including building science and engineering, construction management, and design/construction documentation.

Tools and resources provided here to support the education of building professionals include:

University Curricula Examples

Below you will find examples of building science/building physics curricula for universities and 2-year colleges. Curricula include specific building science and building performance courses, and standard courses incorporating advances in building science and quality management.

University of Waterloo

The Building Engineering Group is a multi-disciplinary research team that undertakes research, development, and demonstration for the building industry. The curricula adapt advances in building science particularly from the research of Building Science Corporation and other Building America teams. View a listing of current and past courses.

Cornell University

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future offers over 200 courses in the Cornell Sustainability Curricula, many of which focus on building science. The Collaborative Sustainable Building Practice course (PDF 9 KB) was adapted from the Model "Building Science 101" Course Modules (PDF 64 KB) and resources developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (formerly the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges).

Purdue University

The National Association of Home Builders Green Building Educator's Toolkit includes an appendix highlighting the Purdue University Curricula. The Toolkit, developed under a grant from the National Housing Endowment, is based on input from 14 universities, and includes links to "green" curriculum from several schools of construction management.

Excellence in Building Science Education Workshop

To help guide development of educational programs, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) hosted an "Excellence in Building Science Education" workshop on January 13, 2011, at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida. Co-sponsors included the Solar Decathlon, the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers, and the NAHB Research Center. Watch this site for a summary report and presentations from the meeting, to be posted soon.