This comprehensive program will provide you with an understanding of green and sustainable building, sustainable technologies, protecting the environment, and the “green challenge.” You will learn about residential sustainable building and compare and contrast green building programs including Build It Green's GreenPoint Rated and LEED for Homes and learn how and when to apply them. You will be introduced to a whole-house HERS Energy audit, HERS Title 24 Verification, and BPI energy auditing procedures. You will also learn about cutting-edge technological advancements in building science, building processes and building materials for both new and existing buildings. You will leave with an understanding of how to conserve natural resources, and how to make any home more energy efficient, healthier, comfortable, green, and more sustainable.
2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be provided upon request as a permanent record of one's attendance, if requested by the last class meeting.
In the first module, we will establish a basic understanding of the purpose of this program and the fundamentals of green building. This will establish a general understanding of the subject matter going forward and give you a firm grasp of the basic principles of green building and green building practices.
We will discuss the cornerstone of green building - energy. It is imperative to understand the basic physics of energy and the application of these concepts to building science.
This module will cover the basics of water and how it relates to sustainable building.
This module will give you a basic understanding of indoor air quality (IAQ).
This module examines specific green products and practices.
You will tour the Aquarium of the Pacific's Watershed exhibit, classroom, and native landscape garden, experiencing a green building first hand.
In this module, representatives and experts from different green building organizations will make presentations about their programs. This will provide you with a basic understanding of each major program to help decide which will be best for your specific objectives.
To conclude, we will describe different roles in green building that can be career opportunities for those completing our program,and provide information about different sources of continuing education. We will conclude with brief presentations of the capstone projects where you will get the opportunity to discuss your successes and opportunities for improvement.