Sample Green Certification Courses
Green Building Certification - Commercial Program
This Green Certification course is invaluable to those in architecture, project management, and engineering who will likely be involved in developing applications for LEED certification for their buildings.
This commercial certification course covers the new methodologies of high performance commercial & municipal buildings. High performance buildings:
- maximize operational energy saving
- improve comfort, health, and safety of occupants and visitors
- limit detrimental effects on the environment.
This philosophy encourage the formulation of responsible budgets at the planning stage and help the design team to identify any high performance cost premiums and cost savings.
- A study of all stages of project development to ensure the fiscal integrity of the commercial project
- Green Building Principles and Practices as they apply to Commercial Buildings
- How to raise expectations for the facilities performance.
- Implementing these improved practices that improve the capital budgeting design/construction practices
It will show you how you can Implement these improved practices through:
- Pilot high performance building efforts
- Use of individual high performance strategies on projects of limited scope
- Create partnerships in the design and construction process around environmental and economic performance goals
- Save money through reduced energy and material expenditures, waste disposal costs and utility bills.
- Improve the comfort, health, and well being of building occupants and public visitors
- Design buildings with improved performance that can be operated and maintained within the limits of existing resources.
Green Associate Exam Prep
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party green building certification program & the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings and neighborhoods.
Our Green Associate course brings costs of green building vs regular construction and other insights to you in preparing you for the Green Associate Exam.
Some of the things covered are:
- prerequisites and credits for Energy and Atmosphere
- aim of the Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control requirement
- differences between various different LEED classifications
- what must be done before submitting a Credit Interpretation Ruling (CIR)
- calculating a simple payback analysis
- identifying the credit categories in the New Construction/Major Renovations Rating System
- distinguishing between gray and black water
- key terms in the Operations and Maintenance Reference Guide
- intentions of the Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance prerequisite
Some of the lessons include:
- Synergistic Opportunities and the LEED Application Process, Part 1
- LEED Synergistic Opportunities and the LEED Application Process, Part 2
- Project Systems and Energy Impacts
- Acquisition, Installation, and Management of Project Materials
- Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
- Project Site Factors and Water Management
Residential Green Building Design & Construction Certification Program
This green certification course is particularly valuable to individuals who need an overview of Green Building as it relates to new residential construction. This includes fields such as construction worker or manager, realtor, house inspector, landscape architects, interior designer, HVAC specialist, facility manager, mechanical engineer and civil engineer.
Green jobs have been growing rapidly in the US. According to a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trust, green jobs have increased by over 9% a year since 2000, compared just 3% for the overall economy. This trend is expected to continue as spending on new green construction and on green renovation is expected to double over the next 5 years. Those whose jobs include building, maintaining or selling residential or commercial properties are well advised to get training on green techniques in order to be prepared for the changes that are coming.
This green certification course concludes with information on testing, certification, and accreditation, including a look at the LEED program and the NAHB Green Home Certification Program.
Some of the Additional Courses
Green Building: Indoor Environment
In this course you will review how high performance buildings reflect a concern for the total quality of the interior environment. By definition, they provide
- supportive ambient conditions,
- thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality
- appropriate acoustical quality.
Air temperature, mean radiant temperature, air speed, and humidity are all factors that affect thermal comfort. Dissatisfaction with thermal conditions is the most common source of complaints in office buildings.
Green Building: Site Design & Planning
In this course you will learn the important benefits of good site design, particularly during construction and in ongoing building operations. You will also learn about preservation of site resources & conservation of energy and materials. Sustainable site planning identifies ecological, infrastructural, and cultural characteristics of the site to assist designers in their efforts to integrate the building and the site. The intent is to encourage optimum use of natural and existing features in architectural and site design, thus reducing building energy use and minimizing environmental degradation.
Green Building: Material and Product Selection
In this module we will review the process of selecting materials and products for high performance buildings involves consideration of environmental and health issues in addition to more traditional criteria such as cost, durability, performance, and aesthetics. While methods for evaluating products based on these criteria are still evolving, the number of available building products with improved environmental and health characteristics has been steadily increasing. Markets are responding to meet the demands of government, businesses, and consumers who are increasingly aware of health and environmental concerns. Because of the complexities surrounding evaluation of appropriate materials, consultants should have a working familiarity with the key health and environmental issues associated with specific material types. This dynamic and growing field includes new concepts in materials assessment such as embodied energy and product life cycle assessment.
Green Building: Water Management
In this module we will cover how plumbing systems have evolved from being a simple means of distributing water and collecting wastes into increasingly sophisticated systems that must also address environmental concerns. The design of a plumbing system must incorporate not only traditional issues of sanitation, flow, and pressure, but also environmentally based preferences for recycling wastewater, use of non-utility water, and different treatments for potable and nonpotable water.
New technologies, responses to water efficiency concerns, and community-based water quality goals pose numerous challenges for 21st Century plumbing design. These challenges are often exacerbated by stresses induced by rapid development.
Green Building: Construction Administration
In this module we will review the construction and demolition debris that is transported into the waste streams generated by new construction, by renovation, and by the demolition of existing buildings.
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