This AIA approved continuing education course for architects covers green building. Green building is a whole systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings – from the early stages of development through the final finishes in the home. This approach benefits both builders and homeowners by reducing resource consumption and improving livability. Green building benefits are spread throughout the systems and features of the home. Green buildings use recycled-content building materials, consume less energy and water, have better indoor air quality and use less wood fiber than conventional homes. Green homes reduce potentially carcinogenic volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde from the interior and construction waste is often recycled and remanufactured into other building products. Building green is good for both the economy and the environment. By applying a sustainable perspective to design, construction and remodeling, green building brings the benefits of resource conservation, energy savings and healthy living. The American Institute of Architects has approved this course for 3 continuing education hours.
AIA CES Registered Course Number: AIAPDH184
Number of AIA CES Learning Units/HSW: 3.0 LU/HSW (3.0 hours)
Learning Objective 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will understand that green building is the convergence of three fundamental objectives: conservation of natural resources, increasing energy efficiency and improving indoor air quality.
Learning Objective 2: The student will learn that green homes offer higher quality since most products were developed to perform better than the conventional products they replace.
Learning Objective 3: The student will have a better understanding of the “Green Points” rating system that has been developed to offer designers, builders, homeowners and municipalities a tool to assess how environmentally friendly or “green” a home is.
Learning Objective 4: The student will have a set of guidelines and resources to assist in developing and implementing green building packages into design projects.
Course Author: Department of Housing and Urban Development