3.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends choosing a site in a community that is structured according to Smart Growth concepts. Smart Growth involves creating eco-friendly communities that enhance the quality of life through conservation, preservation, structured resource development, and participation.
Conservation involves maintaining natural lands, creating open spaces, and protecting natural resources like air quality, water quality, and wildlife habitats.
Preservation entails strengthening existing infrastructure as well as restoring and reusing previously developed land and older/historic buildings to improve property values and aesthetics.
Resource development includes locating amenities like churches, parks, offices, restaurants, retail establishments, and schools near homes. It also includes providing alternatives to driving like public transportation, sidewalks, and biking lanes.
Participation entails involving residents in development processes and decisions.
Building a home on or near sensitive lands—no matter how sustainable building construction and operation might be—should be avoided. These lands provide resources that improve the environment, provide diversity of plants and wildlife, and enhance the quality of life. Some examples of environmentally sensitive land include archeological sites, farmlands, floodplains, forests, historic sites, lands that support endangered and rare plants and wildlife or contain unusual geologic features, lands with highly erodible soils, prairies, recreational areas, and wetlands.
Upon completion of this course, the real estate professional will have a better understanding of how to find an eco-friendly lot for construction of a green home.