OR 3.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours
This course will describe green materials including water, energy, and building resources. One of the major elements of green home construction is the use of building materials made from renewable sources like recycled materials, natural resources, and remanufactured materials. Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources. Green materials are environmentally responsible because impacts are considered over the life of the product.
Poor indoor air quality can cause many health problems from less serious conditions like minor allergies to deadly conditions like lung cancer. Green building materials create high-quality indoor air, which is essential for health, safety, and comfortable living conditions. Green building materials are low or nontoxic, with minimal or no carcinogens, irritants, or reproductive toxicants with minimal chemical emissions like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); and are moisture resistant, thus reducing growth of contaminants like mold.
Eco-friendly building materials form the basis of green homes. They provide many benefits through a home's life cycle including decreased maintenance costs and energy consumption, improved indoor air quality, increased design flexibility, and increased occupant safety and comfort.
They also protect the environment in several ways by reducing pollutants, reducing the amount of solid waste, decreasing energy use during manufacturing, and decreasing the use of natural resources.
This course aids the real estate professional by providing them the information needed to have the ability to explain sustainable and eco-friendly material options to homebuyers.