Designing for Greater Efficiency (DfGE)
Learn to design and market green buildings.
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The drive towards sustainability in the built environment represents both a challenge and business opportunity for building design professionals. And it is something that simply cannot be ignored. Designers must develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to support the built environment’s move onto a low-carbon path.
Designing for Greater Efficiency (DfGE) is a course aimed at senior building design students and working professionals (i.e. architecture, structural and building services engineering), offered online and in a university setting. DfGE covers the fundamentals of energy and resource efficiency measures in building design from a technical and commercial perspective.
The course uses case studies and examples to teach students how to design for resource-efficiency and how to sell those designs in a commercial setting. DfGE is offered by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to encourage resource efficiency in the construction on sector.
DfGE online is a 16-hour course that can be taken at your own time and pace. Learners will have three (3) months to access course materials and to take the course. The final design project will be submitted online for evaluation by an assigned evaluator.
It is recommended that learners have a working knowledge of database software (i.e. MS Excel), architectural and engineering drawings, and basic mathematics. Information about the DfGE online course is available for download here.
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DfGE is also offered to students through affiliated universities as a 20-hour course. Students will have the opportunity to learn in a richer academic environment from professors trained in designing for resource efficiency. If you are affiliated with one of the following universities, we encourage you to explore taking the DfGE university course.
Green Buildings in Context
Form, Skin & Climate
Engineering Architecture: HVAC & Controls
Lighting & Photovoltaics
Water & Materials
Making the Business Case
Final Design Exercise
Upon successful completion of the DfGE course, students will receive a certificate of completion.