Sustainable Building Science

Our Sustainable Building Science students get hands-on experience with residential construction.

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Our next program info session for Sustainable Building Science is April 8 at 3 p.m. in the Building 5 lab. Come meet the instructors, see the classrooms, and learn how you can get started!

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How Much It Costs

Sustainable Building Science Degree: $8,970

Construction-Residential Certificate: $3,431

Costs are estimated and are not guarantees.

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How Long It Takes

Sustainable Building Science Degree: 5 quarters

Construction-Residential Certificate: 2 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Home Energy Auditor

Median annual pay in Washington: $66,100

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Construction Apprentice

Median annual pay in Washington: $28,800

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Career pathway

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What You'll Learn

  • How to identify and evaluate building systems.
  • How to design and integrate renewable energies into the building.
  • How to identify and integrate green building practices into the construction industry.
  • And more. View all program outcomes.

Stories About Our Sustainable Building Sciences Program

Building to Sustain

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Degrees & Certificates

In this program we offer a Sustainable Building Science Degree (with both an AAT and an AAS-T option) and a Residential Construction certificate. Click the links to find out more!

Sustainable Building Science Degree (AAS-T)

Residential Construction Certificate

Meet the Instructors

Dan Smith

Dan Smith has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Western Washington University and is a graduate student at UW Tacoma. He has been teaching for seven years, is a tenured instructor, and was a guest speaker at Greenbuild 2012. Dan serves as the CPTC Sustainability Committee chair person, performs weatherization testing and diagnostics for Rebuilding Together South Sound, and has participated in solar installation for the Tacoma Habitat for Humanity. He was a remodeling contractor for twenty-five years.

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