3.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours.
What is green building?
The EPA defines green building as the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's lifecycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high-performance building.
Green building construction workers face many of the risks that workers in traditional construction face like electric shock, falls, and repetitive motion injuries. However, as the green construction industry grows, risks of these kinds of injuries increase. Moreover, green construction workers face health and safety hazards associated with new construction products and technologies related to green construction.
Homebuyers who are purchasing a custom-built home should ensure that they have adequate insurance to cover workers' injuries should they arise. First, they should check their contracts to determine which party (the contractor or home buyer) is responsible for providing insurance. If the contractor is responsible then the home buyer should obtain verification of the policy including what it covers.
Green certification cannot be interpreted to mean that building developers, owners, designers, and contractors are necessarily paying special attention to worker health. This course covers the risk green construction workers face. Upon completion, the real estate professional will have a better understanding of how can home buyers protect themselves from risk.