ND 3.0 hours Building Green - Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus:

3.0 Elective Hours

Sustainable energy practices reduce energy consumption during building construction and operation. It has three important benefits to decrease air pollution, to use renewable energy, which reduces reliance on natural resources like fossil fuels, to save hundreds of dollars on utility bills each year.

Two key issues to consider during site work are that construction debris can be used to create alternative fuel through biomass technology; and excessive work at the site and excessive soil removal harm surrounding vegetation, which can be costly to replace.

Biomass consists of plants such as crops, grasses, and trees. First, a boiler or gasifier is used to convert biomass into heat energy. Second, a gas or steam turbine is used to convert the heat to mechanical energy. Third, the turbine turns a generator to produce electricity. Biomass energy contributes to about 1% of the nation's energy sources, and residue from construction sites is the most economical source of biomass.

Sustainable energy is a process that conserves energy but still meets the current energy need. This process is also eco-friendly as it considers the effect of the current energy consumption on future generations Sustainable Energy has two key components renewable energy and energy efficiency.

This course covers eco-friendly construction, sustainable energy, and recycling. Upon course completion, the real estate professional will have a better understating of green homes and green construction and their benefits.