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The urgency of climate change demands a new building paradigm. Join a select cohort as we explore the future of climate-smart, resilient buildings.
Cohort begins: Feb 1, 2021 for 4 weeks
Fees: $795
Scholarships available
25% Off Early Bird Discount
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Climate-Smart Buildings

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Reimagining buildings in the age of climate change
Take a crash course in climate positive building strategies. From existing building operations to new construction, learn how regenerative practices can boost health, enhance productivity, save money, amplify resilience, and fight climate change.
We welcome diverse backgrounds!
Real Estate Professionals
Lenders
Developers
Architects
Engineers
Policymakers
Investors
Analysts
Data Scientists
Planners
Teachers
Take a deep dive into the building-climate nexus and learn how the built environment both drives climate change and is affected by our changing climate. Survey new technologies, best practices, and case study investigations, to develop a suite of climate positive strategies; discover the broad applicability of climate-smart practices from building decarbonization to curating a more climate-resilient portfolio.
Personalized Learning Support
Our highly skilled instructors have advanced degrees and global experience in climate change work and teaching. You can think of them as your personal coaches and support team as you navigate our program.
Office Hours
Once a week, we have dedicated discussions with the group instructor.Office Hours cover:
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  • Discussions & questions relevant to the class
  • Presentations by other group members
  • Help with quantitative and technical aspects
  • Socializing with your fellow learners
Applied Projects
You will work on a project that directly supports your personal and professional advancement.
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  • Work in teams or individually
  • Receive expert feedback
  • Create useful work products
1-on-1 Assistance
We track every fellow's progress closely and ensure people get focused personalized treatment:
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  • 1-on-1 with the instructor
  • Regular feedback over content and quality
  • Intensive peer support from your fellow learners
Once a week, we have dedicated discussions with the group instructor.
Office Hours cover:
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  • Discussions & questions relevant to the class
  • Presentations by other group members
  • Help with quantitative and technical aspects
  • Socializing with your fellow learners
You will work on a project that directly supports your personal and professional advancement.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.
  • Work in teams or individually
  • Receive expert feedback
  • Create useful work products
We track every fellow's progress closely and ensure people get focused personalized treatment:
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.
  • 1-on-1 with the instructor
  • Regular feedback over content and quality
  • Intensive peer support from your fellow learners
Join our free webinar:
Climate Change and the Built Environment
In this 60 min session, and we’ll cover:
Setting the stage: The building sector’s role in driving climate change
Need for change: Shift from a degenerative to regenerative model
Course overview: What will you learn and who is it for?
Audience Q&A
Register for webinar
18 Jan, 2021 at 9 AM, U.S. Pacific time
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Join the Terra community
Collaborate deeply with an intimate small group of motivated professionals from all over the world, all connected through the Climate-Smart Buildings program. Access the broader Terra.do community of sustainability-motivated people from all backgrounds.
The Terra community represents
20 countries
Cody Simms
Partner and Senior VP,
Techstars ∙ Los Angeles
Ha Vu
Software Engineer ∙
New York
Anirudh Gupta
PM @ The Sustaibnability
Mafia ∙ New Delhi
Toral Varia
Independent Risk
Consultant ∙ New Delhi
Our Fellows and employees are spread across multiple timezones and geographies. Our community lives, learns and thrives on our online workspaces.
Guest lecturer bio
Brett Webster

Brett is a Senior Associate in RMI’s Buildings practice, supporting the REALIZE and Pathways to Zero initiatives. He is currently focused on demonstrating a highly scalable model for zero-carbon retrofits to low-income multifamily buildings. Brett also works on grid-integrated buildings and communities, exploring how distributed energy resources and demand flexibility can provide grid services and support increased renewables integration.

Guest lecturer bio
Victor Montero-Dien

Victor is Costa Rican licensed architect with specialization in sustainable and regenerative design. He is the author of numerous book and papers in the field of sustainability and related areas. Victor is currently the CEO and founder of the Regenerative Built Environment Institute in Costa Rica. He is also on the Board of Directors of Costa Rica's Architects and Engineers Consultants Chamber (CCAI).

Previously, Victor initiated the Living Building Challenge Collaborative in Costa Rica and has contributed to the local community in many ways over the last two decades. He was formerly Urban Planning and Development Director at the Municipalidad de Montes de Oca, from 2003–2006, where he coordinated the technical sessions to approve a new Master Plan for the county. From 1996-1999 he founded PRINSOPAZ, the first interdisciplinary effort to promote sustainability in the University of Costa Rica.

Course contributors
Ethan Heil
Instructor

Ethan Heil is an Energy and Sustainability Engineer at the University of Virginia, where he works to promote healthy, high performance, low-energy buildings. He has worked with a range of municipalities, utilities, corporate clients, and institutions of higher education to develop systems-level strategies for decarbonization, climate resilient infrastructure, and sustainability action planning. Ethan is also a Lecturer at the University of Virginia (UVA) and has taught sustainable building and decarbonization courses at UVA, Stanford University, and the PG&E Pacific Energy Center. Ethan holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering, a M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the UVA and a Deg.Eng. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California

Guest lecturers
Brett Webster

Brett is a Senior Associate in the Rocky Mountain Institute's Buildings practice, supporting the REALIZE and Pathways to Zero initiatives. He is currently focused on demonstrating a highly scalable model for zero-carbon .... Read more

Victor Montero-Dien

Victor is Costa Rican licensed architect with specialization in sustainable and regenerative design. He is the author of numerous book and papers in the field of sustainability and related areas. Victor is currently the CEO and founder of   .... Read more

Course contributors
Guest lecturers
Ethan Heil
Instructor
Ethan Heil
Instructor

Ethan Heil is an Energy and Sustainability Engineer at the University of Virginia where he works to promote healthy, high performance, low-energy buildings. He has worked with a range of municipalities, utilities, corporate clients, and institutions of higher education to develop systems-level strategies for decarbonization, climate resilient infrastructure, and sustainability action planning. Ethan is also a Lecturer at the University of Virginia (UVA) and has taught sustainable building and decarbonization courses at UVA, Stanford University, and the PG&E Pacific Energy Center. Ethan holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the UVA and a Deg.Eng. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California.

Brett Webster
Guest lecturer
Brett Webster
Guest lecturer

Brett is a Senior Associate in RMI’s Buildings practice, supporting the REALIZE and Pathways to Zero initiatives. He is currently focused on demonstrating a highly scalable model for zero-carbon retrofits to low-income multifamily buildings. Brett also works on grid-integrated buildings and communities, exploring how distributed energy resources and demand flexibility can provide grid services and support increased renewables integration.

Syllabus: Climate-Smart buildings
This course is designed to investigate the role of the building sector in driving climate change - and its emerging potential as a climate change solution. The unique online format is intended to promote an interactive and collaborative learning environment. We pride ourselves in updating our classes regularly and making sure you are learning at the cutting-edge. Plus you get lifetime access to our continuously updated classes.
What you would learn
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Week 1 - The building - climate nexus
Week 01: The building - Climate nexus
01
The built environment and climate change
02
A framework for decarbonizing the built environment
Week 2 - New buildings
Week 02: New buildings
03
Designing climate positive buildings
04
Case Study
Week 3 - Existing buildings
Week 03: Existing buildings
05
Regenerating our existing building stock
06
Decarbonizing buildings in the field - Brett Webster, Senior Associate @ Rocky Mountain Institute
Week 4 - Resilient buildings
Week 04: Resilient buildings
07
Integrating resiliency into the built environment
08
Case Study
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Pricing and commitment
This course is 4 weeks long and has an expected time commitment of 2-4 hours of every week.
Each class has just 20-25 Fellows with extensive skills, background, and passion.
Your course instructors would be available via Zoom, Slack, and email.
The course is 100% online by design, with live talks by experts, which are all available for later viewing.
Climate-Smart Buildings
Interactive 4-week program with an instructor walking you through new technologies, best practices, and case study investigations in the Building-Climate nexus.
Fees: $795
Early bird special
25% off
Scholarships available
We always want qualified learners to apply, and can provide financial aid after assessing merit and need.
Application Stages
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What if I don't like the program?
If you're less than 2 weeks into the program, we'll refund you 100%. Our only request would be to give us feedback so we can improve the program.
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