3.0 hours Building Green Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours
The goal of sustainable design is to create products, services, infrastructures, and buildings that do not compromise future generations' ability to meet their needs. It involves preserving natural resources and protecting the environment from damaging processes and materials. In building construction, sustainability principles include reducing the use of energy, raw materials, water, and other resources; preventing environmental deterioration throughout the building lifecycle; and creating comfortable, functional, and safe structures. This course will explore in more detail principles of sustainable design.
The U.S. General Services Administration defines sustainable building design as the process of reducing negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.
A sustainable design philosophy encourages decisions at each phase of the design process that will reduce negative impacts on the environment and the health of the occupants, without compromising the bottom line. It is an integrated, holistic approach that encourages compromise and tradeoffs. Such an integrated approach positively impacts all phases of a building's lifecycle, including design, construction, operation and decommissioning.
This course is designed to provide the real estate professional an understanding of sustainable-design principles and have the ability to explain them to home buyers.