WA 3.0 hours Building Green - Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus:

3.0 Elective Hours

Renewable energy like geothermal, micro hydro power, solar, and wind is derived from sources that regenerate as they are consumed and are available on a continuous basis. Renewable energy can be more expensive than traditional energy, but newer technologies are reducing costs. The environmental benefits of renewable energy and its potential long-term cost savings make it an appealing choice for homebuyers. This course will discuss renewable energy sources including needs assessment, design practices, building codes, costs, and financing options.

According to the EPA, renewable energy systems—solar electric, wind electric, micro hydropower, and hybrid electric—can supply some or all a green home's electricity needs. The process for determining the best renewable energy system involves assessing energy needs, reviewing and understanding local building codes, deciding whether to operate the system on or off the electric grid and carefully evaluating technology options to determine the most appropriate energy choice.

Homebuyers who are designing new homes should work with their designers and builders to incorporate renewable energy into whole-house design. They might also discuss methods for creating "ultra-efficient homes." Homebuyers should carefully consider how to incorporate renewable energy into home design and consider the factors listed below to determine the most appropriate renewable energy sources for the occupants and the environment.

This course will aid the real estate professional in understanding and give them the ability to educate homebuyers about the types of renewable energy sources and their environmental and financial benefits.