BCIT micro-credential

Applied Circular Economy: Zero Waste Buildings Micro-Credential

Approximately 50% of Canada’s carbon emissions are derived from the operation and construction of buildings. Deep decarbonization strategies, in line with Canada’s 2050 net zero target, require both zero-waste construction and “design for disassembly” (DfD) practices. These courses will provide the knowledge and skills to address the economic loss and carbon emissions associated with the current practice of generating construction and demolition waste, where the cost of unutilized new materials and unrecovered demolition materials represents approximately $100 of unnecessary expense for every square meter of newly constructed space, with almost a tonne of CO2e emitted in the production of every tonne of building material that goes to waste.

This training, starting in July 2022, will enable professionals to deliver the low-impact buildings needed to achieve net-zero targets. The micro-credential consists of three NEW courses:

The courses may be taken individually and each will earn the participant a badge. All three are required to be completed to earn the micro-credential. You can add digital badges and credentials from BCIT to your resume and LinkedIn profile. Show employers and clients you’ve got the skills and knowledge to help them succeed. Successful completion of the courses enables participants to:

  • Explain how materials flow through the construction process, from extraction and manufacture to installation, use, and finally disposal/recycling/reuse, and how to influence this flow to enable highest and best use.
  • Compare Life Cycle Assessment reports and product disclosure statements to make informed product and material selection.
  • Describe the design and construction process and where and how intervention will facilitate ‘closing the loop’ in the building industry.
  • Apply ‘Design for Disassembly’ and ‘Cradle to Cradle’ principles and strategies to building projects, choosing building materials and products that follow the same principles.
  • Manage the deconstruction of a building, and incorporate salvaged and recycled materials into new projects
  • Explain and apply the waste hierarchy to construction, from prevention to disposal and zero waste strategies
  • Evaluate the degree to which a design meets the DfD and C2C principles.
Deconstruction: Image courtesy of Christina Radvak

Additional government funding may apply to employer-paid training, please see here for more information.

Course participants should have either education or experience in building design or construction. The courses are suitable for architects and architectural technologists, building engineers and technologists, contractors and tradespeople, or students in those disciplines. The ability to read and understand building plans is a prerequisite.