UBC Applied Science Professional Programs

Degree Benefits

If you’re thinking about concentrating your career in the building sector, think about the difference a year at UBC can make. Build knowledge — Cross disciplines and boundaries — Gain confidence.

Develop solutions for a growing industry

Energy use in buildings is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, making it a high priority to design more energy-efficient buildings and retrofit existing buildings. This is a growing sector, with opportunities in consulting, construction, manufacturing and government. With governments at all levels increasing the standards for energy conservation, there is a need for professionals who can take leadership in designing the integrated high-performing energy systems in our built environment.

Deepen your technical and leadership skills

Government and industry employers are seeking professionals who have the creative and visionary skills to develop the processes and systems that can lead to lasting change. Combined with strong leadership and business skills, this program will help you to develop innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects — a skill set that is highly relevant in today’s business environment.

Pursue opportunities and advance your career

The MEL in High Performance Buildings degree provides a strong technical foundation in energy systems design modelling, equipping you to be a technical leader in the integrated design, construction and maintenance of green building energy systems. This technical foundation is balanced by courses in leadership and business, giving you a powerful skill set for overseeing the design of green buildings, from the initial planning stages through to implementation and operation.

Get a degree from a top ranked university

UBC and its programs have cultivated a world renowned reputation and top ranking among universities. Gaining your MEL in High Performance Buildings degree will give you access to a network of successful individuals and associations with a well-respected institution. You will:

  • be immersed in a dynamic and integrated research environment that brings together the fields of engineering and architecture
  • learn from world-renowned Faculty of Applied Science — including Program Director Dr. Steve Rogak, Dr. Adam Rysanek and Ron Kellett — and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), one of the world’s top 20 public universities
  • collaborate with industry partners who were instrumental in the design of the program
  • take courses with a cohort of like-minded peers — a group of engaged and ambitious professionals working in industries that include clean energy engineering, dependable software systems, integrated water management, urban systems and more
  • develop professional networks with top researchers, industry partners and motivated graduate students
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