UBC Applied Science Professional Programs

Course Information

The MEL in High Performance Buildings is a 12-month, full-time program.

Many of the courses you take will adopt a flipped classroom format. This means that you will be expected to review course content ahead of classroom time, through readings or watching lecture videos. During classroom time, you’ll be engaged in discussions and activities to apply what you’ve learned. This could include case studies, group project work, and experiments and demonstrations.

High Performance Buildings course schedule

Winter term: January to April

HPB 501: Green Contemporary Practice
This course provides an overview of green contemporary building design, including indoor environments, waste water systems, energy systems and lighting to achieve enhanced building environmental performance and integrate green building principles, strategies and technologies.

HPB 504/MECH 473: Building Energy Systems and the Indoor Environment
The indoor environment is determined by the outdoor conditions, building envelope, and the “machinery” inside the building. The course will focus on this “machinery” which is the heart of building systems.  You will learn about heating and cooling load estimation; heating and cooling systems using solar, electrical and fossil energy; air, water and refrigerant distribution systems; and energy storage.

APPP 501: Project Management & Leadership
Develop skills for leading complex multidisciplinary projects by using management processes that include: project management frameworks; standards; planning, scheduling and estimating; communication; and risk management. Case studies in industry-relevant project management will be incorporated into the course. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

APPP 503: Organizational Leadership
Understand the behaviour of people and groups and how this applies to management and leadership within professional organizations. This course explores motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, leadership styles and tools for assessing organizational effectiveness. The course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

APPP 505: Analytics & Interpretation for Applied Sciences
Professionals who can manage analytics and “big data” are highly sought after by companies across the world. This course will provide students with the opportunity to identify, interpret and utilize key analytics from real-world data sets. Graduates will feel comfortable with the latest data collection methods, measurement and presentation tools, be able to interpret data and identify trends, and understand the role of big data and predictive analytics across several different industries. This course is delivered in partnership with the Vancouver Institute of Visual Analytics.

Summer term: May to August

HPB 503: Whole Building Modelling and Simulation
This course explores modelling energy in a high-performance building, taking into account indoor space requirements; heat and mass transfer through building envelopes; climate; and fenestration, daylighting and solar energy. The course covers major energy models in a context of low and net zero building design.

HPB 505 Capstone I: Greening an Existing Building
Students will analyze the performance and design data of an existing building and propose design changes to improve performance, considering the real priorities of the client, a building owner or operator.

APPP 504 Business Acumen for Technical Leaders – August Bootcamp
An asset to the aspiring technical leader, business acumen is knowing how business works and applying that knowledge with the goal of business improvement. This Bootcamp offers an elevated perspective of how technical skills contribute to building value in a business. The course immerses aspiring technical leaders in the practical application of core business skills and the development of six core business competencies, which are presented as modules: Managerial Accounting; Strategy and Performance; Market Evaluation; Operations Management; Negotiations and Contract Management; and Business-Case Building and Valuation. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

Fall term: September to December

HPB 502 Regenerative Design
The class looks at the relationship between human and natural systems in the context of regenerative design, providing an understanding of how regenerative approaches go beyond green design and how they can offer new insights and directions for design. The class also examines community energy systems and different ways to measure success.

HPB 506 Capstone Project II: New Building Design
Students will take a building that is under design and work with the designers to develop a high-performance energy system that meets energy-performance objectives.

APPP 502: Sustainability & Leadership
This course helps students build skills to lead change that influences the triple bottom line and explores concepts related to sustainability, change agency systems thinking, awareness and perspective for engagement and communication, adaptive leadership, and change dynamics. It also incorporates case studies in organizational and social change. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

Sauder Business Course
Students can choose a Sauder business course to gain greater exposure to a particular area of interest.