Rhode Island Real Estate Continuing Education - RHODE ISLAND School Permit: REE.0001035
3.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours.
According to the EPA a typical household uses about 260 gallons of water per day. Installing water-efficient products and appliances, using water-efficient paving materials, and creating water-collecting systems can lead to significant reductions in water consumption and energy savings annually.
The EPA sponsors the WaterSense program, which promotes water-efficiency and water-efficient practices, products, and programs. WaterSense toilets like dual flush toilets can reduce water use for the average family by 20 to 60% which is nearly 13,000 gallons of water per year. WaterSense bathroom faucets and accessories can decrease water flow 30% or more and save 700 gallons of water annually for the average family. WaterSense shower fixtures with a flow rate of less than 2.0 gallons per minute could save 2,900 gallons of water per year for the average family. High-efficiency appliances like washing machines use 35 to 50% less water. They also use 50% less energy per load.
This course covered a variety of sustainable building materials, energy-efficient products, and water-efficient products. As the green building industry continues to grow, green building materials and products will increase and become even more efficient. To effectively market the benefits and features of green homes, real estate professionals should be knowledgeable about sustainable building materials and products.