4.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
4.0 Elective Hours.
Building construction can have a devastating effect on the environment. According to a report by the EPA, approximately 160 million tons of debris from building construction and demolition is generated each year. This accounts for more than 26% of non-industrial waste creation in the country. The report also disclosed that only 20 to 30% of the debris, which includes asphalt, concrete, metals, and wood, is recycled. So 70 to 80% of it goes into landfills, which involves energy use for transportation to the landfills and costs for storage.
Home builders can take many measures to ensure sustainable construction practices. Builders can create and implement a waste management plan to recycle, reuse, or remanufacture construction and demolition materials. They should consider return packaging material to manufacturers and suppliers for recycling or reuse. If they cannot be returned to suppliers and manufacturers, they could always recycle packaging materials. Consideration should also be given to scheduling work in phases to minimize harm to natural habitats. Create and implement a plan to control erosion and sedimentation, and use recycled or refurbished construction materials.
The course covers many aspects of green building such as the impact that construction has on the environment. Upon course completion, the real estate professional will be able to better educate and assist their client who is considering an eco-friendly home purchase.