This AIA approved continuing education course for architects discusses integrating “sustainable” or “green” building practices into building construction is a solid financial investment. This course presents the most definitive cost benefit analysis of green building ever conducted through 2003. The study was conducted for the State of California’s Sustainable Building Task Force, a group of over 40 California state government agencies. It includes not only the overall return on building investment but also examines other benefits, such as enhanced worker productivity, reduced absenteeism and illness. While the study was conducted in California, the findings are applicable to all regions and all LEED projects.
This course includes a multiple-choice exam at the end, to test the student’s knowledge and comprehension of the topics, and to comply with AIA and state requirements. The American Institute of Architects has approved this continuing education course for 9.5 HSW continuing education credits. Those continuing education hours are classified as HSW (health, safety, and welfare) learning units.
AIA CES Registered Course Number: AIAPDH109
Number of AIA CES Learning Units/HSW: 9.5 LU/HSW (9.5 hours)
At completion of this course, you will:
- Understand some of the problems associated with determining actual costs of green building practices and will know how the study was conducted.
- Learn how sustainable building practices can improve employee or tenant health, comfort and productivity.
- Gain immediately useful analytic support for making informed and cost effective building design decisions.
- Understand how minimal increases in upfront construction costs will result in much larger life cycle savings.