3.0 hours Building Green – Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus:

3.0 Elective Hours

What is the process for selecting green building materials?

Do your research. Gather technical information like product durability information, Indoor Air Quality test data, manufacturer's Material Safety Data Sheets, and recycled content data. Gather building codes, government regulations, green building certification criteria, and other relevant data.

Evaluate technical and other information and make comparisons to determine which materials best fit eco-friendly criteria, green building certification criteria, design goals, and cost considerations.

Select products that have the highest sustainable qualities, meet green building certification criteria and meet budgetary goals.

Manufacturers are increasingly making environmental claims about all types of products, including building products. Unfortunately, some claims are misleading, unverified, or downright untrue. When manufacturers make unsubstantiated claims about the environmental attributes of a product, it's called "greenwashing," and consumers need to be on the lookout for it.

Do not be misled by packaging designed to make a product appear to be eco-friendly. Carefully read labels to identify green characteristics. Do not be misled by packaging that includes the word "natural" because it does not have a legal meaning. Understand the difference between "recycled" and "recyclable." Recycled indicates that a product is composed of recycled content, whereas recyclable indicates that a product can be recycled. When possible, purchase locally or regionally manufactured products. The transportation involved with shipping products from long distances increases pollution and costs.

This course covers the process for selecting green building materials and will help the real estate licensees to better assist the eco-friendly consumer.

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