3.0 hours Building Green – Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus:

3.0 Elective Hours

Constructing green homes involves more than just decreasing energy use, conserving water, using green products and materials, and reducing waste during construction. It also involves creating safe work sites for green construction workers.

Whether constructing green homes or large commercial construction projects, construction sites must be safe for workers. First, sustainable construction cannot be achieved when workers become ill, sustain injuries, or are killed. Second, safe work sites lead to more efficient and higher quality construction. Third, safe work sites minimize the financial and legal risks associated with workplace injuries.

Whether on their own or through their contractors, home buyers should have builders risk and liability insurance. Builders risk insurance covers homes while under construction. It typically covers vandalism and theft of equipment and materials. Home insurance that includes liability coverage will cover construction workers' injuries as well as injuries of others who might visit the site. It will also provide coverage for storm or fire damage to the home.

As green home construction continues to grow, illness and injury from toxic chemicals, ergonomic issues, falls, burns, falling objects, and other construction hazards will increase unless changes are made. Real estate professionals should educate home buyers about worker safety issues. After course completion, the real estate professional will be able to discuss how workplace injuries could impact home construction and result in financial and legal responsibilities and ways to prevent or mitigate those risks.

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