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Green Building Rating Systems: An Overview and Comparison

June 17, 2019, 8:30 am4:30 pm


Come and join us at VRCA in a full day workshop that will walk you through the most prominent green building rating systems, including BuiltGreen, Passive House, WELL Building Standard, the latest version of LEED (v4.1) and an introduction to the Living Building Standard.  

Format: 8 hours of in-class instruction


A participant will be able to:

  • Briefly describe how each of the rating systems evolved, and what their market is today
  • Determine what types of projects (and owners) are suited to each rating system
  • Describe what is included in, and excluded from each
  • Explain the key aspects of how construction can meet each of these standards
  • Know their role, and the role of others in contributing to project certification


Anyone in the building industry who would like to learn more about the various green building rating systems.


Brenda Martens (O.B.C., B.Sc., CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow)
Light House, Director, Research and Collaboration

Brenda has worked in the building industry for over 25 years as a practitioner, educator and advocate in the field of green building and sustainability. She is past faculty with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies and currently teaches green building and sustainability for BCIT. Brenda has worked on commercial, residential, industrial and institutional projects throughout the province and was involved in the design and construction of many signature green projects, including the Vancouver Olympic Village (LEED Gold and Platinum certified), the Whistler Athletes’ Village, Okanagan College Centre of Excellence (Living Building Petal Candidate, LEED Platinum certified), and over 20 non-market housing projects in various communities across BC.

Joanne Sawatzky (BTech, MSc., CPHC, LEED AP BD+C)
Light House, Director, Green Building Services

Joanne has over a decade of experience working in design, construction and operation on commercial, residential, and healthcare building projects across Canada. She is the first female BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier and has taught contractor training through the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). She has also taught and mentored building science students in the Architectural Science Department at Ryerson University.  Joanne has led many of Light House’s most challenging and innovative projects, including The Whistler Athletes Village, The Foundry, and Telus Gardens Office and Residential. She works closely with a wide range of clients — from developers to architects — on implementing green building projects, technical policy development, contractor training, and post occupancy evaluations.




VRCA Member $395.00
Non-Members $495.00


This course has been approved by BC Housing Licensing and Consumer Services (formerly Homeowners Protection Office) for seven (7) Group A points towards Continued  Professional Development (CPD) for in-class attendance.

 AIBC Education Provider

This course has been approved by Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) for seven (7) core units towards AIBC’s Continuing Education System

Fee Includes: Student manual (where applicable), complimentary Wi-Fi access, lunch and free parking.

Cancellation & Substitution Policy: Payment is non-refundable for cancellations made within 5 business days of the course, or non-attendance on the day. Complimentary substitution of another member of your company is accepted. If VRCA has to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, VRCA will refund the registration fee or, if possible, the attendee may choose to move to an identical session in the future.


June 17, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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VRCA Vancouver
3636 E 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC Canada
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