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ECC Undergraduate Certificate


The Undergraduate Certificate in Energy Conscious Construction (ECC) is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Design Designation and is is offered asynchronously online through WSU Global Campus. This Certificate is short-term, making it more affordable to complete and obtain in-demand learning outcomes, giving you the opportunity to enter the market sooner while obtaining advanced training. You will learn the fundamentals of building science, while focusing on the evaluation and integration of environmental control systems; the understanding of current residential energy code requirements and the design methods to exceed these standards; applying modern envelope assemblies into residential building design; and using whole-building simulation software to evaluate design performance. The Certificate tackles the following competency gaps:

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Analyze design performance prior to construction


Meet and exceed state energy code requirements


Integrate energy-efficient ECS into designs


Integrate energy-efficient assemblies into designs


The certificate is open to all VCEA students with junior standing. Students can either complete all courses or complete selected courses to fulfill elective requirements associated with their primary plan of study.

For more information, please contact Omar Al-Hassawi or Treva Beebe.


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Washington State University’s Energy Conscious Construction Undergraduate Certificate Program and Energy Conscious Construction Graduate Certificate Program have earned the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Design Designation for ensuring students have a solid foundation in building science and the opportunity to apply that knowledge in the design process through its various assessment methods. The Zero Energy Design Designation recognizes these programs’ commitment to imbuing students with a greater understanding of the enduring impacts their design choices have on the built and natural environment.


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This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Building Technologies Office (BTO) Award Number DE-EE0009746


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“The path to a carbon neutral built environment relies on a strong collective vision and many small contributions in designing, building, and operating and maintaining the buildings where we live and work.  The WSU Energy Conscious Construction (ECC) Programs fit perfectly into this vision, and offer a range of educational opportunities that will prepare students to deliver on high performing buildings in an integrated approach.  The industry needs graduates that are well versed in building performance basics and who understand high performing design.

Our firm is committed to delivering carbon neutrality in all of our projects, from urban office buildings like the Bullitt Center, to overseas embassies, higher education facilities, and even in single family residential work like Loom House.  We use the 2030 Challenge to set firm-wide goals.  The ECC Programs provide the types of technical expertise and experience we need in our firm to achieve these goals.”

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“To meet the challenges of climate change, buildings must implement low-carbon designs and be able to resist the worst effects of our changing climate. Climate-resilient design provides us with solutions that will positively impact the well-being of future generations while providing safe and comfortable buildings for us to thrive in. Students who complete Washington State University’s Energy Conscious Construction (ECC) Programs are taking a step toward meeting these challenges. Program graduates will join a community of building professionals who seek to deliver high-performing buildings and share the responsibility of creating a sustainable built world.

At RDH, we work with all building types and energy codes and standards, including those with the most aspirational performance targets. Through our involvement with governments to develop energy and carbon design requirements and with utilities to assess and design energy-saving programs, we bring detailed knowledge of current and future performance mandates to our projects. We are looking for professionals who innately apply a low-carbon resilience lens to all the work they do and are invested in joining us to lead the building science industry in addressing climate change. RDH’s team of professionals provide this leadership through their commitment to sustainable design and construction practices, research, policy development, and industry training.

“Are you passionate about creating a sustainable future? Then, building a carbon-neutral environment is the way to go! But it requires a united vision and the efforts of everyone involved in designing, building, and maintaining the places where we live and work. That’s why WSU’s Energy Conscious Construction Programs can provide the education you need to make a difference.

The industry needs graduates who understand building performance and high-performing design to achieve a greener future. That’s where you come in! You can learn the technical expertise and experience needed to create eco-friendly buildings that work well with their surroundings.

Arcadis is all in for carbon neutrality. From urban mixed-use high-rise buildings to mass timber construction and cozy residential living like the Curv, the tallest Passive House building in the world, we’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint. We even set our goals using the 2030 Challenge to keep us on track. The best part? The ECC Programs provide the support we need to realize our collective goals. So, let’s work together to make a difference!”