Illinois Real Estate Continuing Education Courses - ILLINOIS School License: 562.000257
IL 3.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours
Whether a home is built or renovated, the EPA recommends that home buyers incorporate Low Impact Development (LID) into their homes. LID involves managing storm water so it mimics pre-development or natural conditions. This helps to decrease flooding, improve water quality, and revitalize groundwater. LID practices include bioretention areas, permeable pavements, rain barrels, rain gardens, and vegetated rooftops.
Bioretention areas are specially-designed cells, planters, or swales used to catch and treat storm water runoff. The water flows into depressions that include soil mixes and water control structures that remove pollutants. Permeable pavements allow storm water to pass through the surface to reduce runoff and stop solids and pollutants from entering the ground. Rain barrels are placed under gutters to catch and store rain water from roofs. The water can be used for many purposes like watering plants and washing cars. Rain gardens are depressions in the ground that include grasses and plants that are generally native. They reduce runoff by absorbing rain water so it does not remain on the surface or flow into storm drains. Vegetated rooftops or green roofs are like rain gardens. They are covered with vegetation that absorbs rain water, creates wildlife habitats, and provides insulation.
This course the design for low impact development that involves managing storm water so it mimics pre-development or natural conditions and other aspects of green building. Upon course completion, the real estate professional will have a better understanding of green building so they may better assist their clients.