GA 3.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours
The home's design is one of the most important factors to consider when constructing a green home. It affects the home's entire life cycle—site selection, design, materials development, construction, operations, maintenance, and deconstruction.
The size of the home dictates the size of the lot. A large home or a home that includes other structures like a garage, swimming pool, pool house, or shed will require more land. A home design that includes lots of open space for lawns or gardens will also require a larger lot. However, in some cases, the size and characteristics of the lot impact home design. For example, if home buyers want or need to build homes in particular areas, they may have a limited number of lots to choose from. So, selecting the lots first and then designing the homes might make more sense.
Large homes have many benefits like spacious rooms, more closet space, more storage areas, and larger bathrooms. These amenities add to the cost of the home through its life cycle and have a greater impact on the environment. In contrast, smaller homes have lower costs throughout their life cycles. They require less space to build, money to construct, energy to operate, time and money to maintain, and effort and money to deconstruct. They also have a smaller environmental footprint.
Upon completion of this course the licensee will understand the importance of the lot in the plan of constructing an eco-friendly green home.