SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Sustainability and climate change are one of the biggest concerns in the design profession today. Autodesk is adding to its set of resources and curricula for sustainable design with the launch of Autodesk Building Performance Analysis (BPA) Certificate Program for architecture and engineering students. This free online course teaches necessary building science fundamentals for designing high performance buildings through self-paced online tutorials, quizzes and Autodesk software exercises. Autodesk’s BPA Certificate Program is complementary to LEED accreditation and gives students the skills they likely haven’t learned and helps them gain a competitive edge in the job marketplace.

“We are in the midst of an industry-wide transition to performance-based sustainable design and Autodesk’s BPA Certificate Program has been created to make the shift,” says Autodesk Sustainability Education Program Manager Adam Menter. “The BPA Certificate Program will be completed by thousands of students by the end of the year and the company will launch a similar program for professionals this fall.”

In conjunction, Autodesk launched a global design competition which challenges architecture and engineering students to design a high-performance building. Planned with urban revitalization leader Majora Carter, the Transformation 2030 competition will allow participants to get real-world experience designing a community garden and culinary arts center to replace a shuttered South Bronx juvenile detention center. The use of Autodesk Green Building Studio, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Vasari is a portion of the contest evaluation process. The deadline to register is January 1st, submissions are due April 1st and the winner(s) of the internship or cash prize will be announced on May 1.

 

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