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Making a Home Greener

GBCI: 0920011905

Understanding the parts of a home that can be develop to make it greener.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

Rating system: v2009

Published on: December 28, 2016

Average: 3.7 (7 votes)


The definition of a green or sustainable home has broadened and deepened over the decades. Experience, knowledge, and innovations developed by architects, contractors, and manufacturers have produced a set of criteria which signals that a house is thoughtfully designed and built. During a renovation, features and assets that were not considered when the home was first built can now be included. Those sustainable criteria to consider specifying in a renovation include durability, energy efficiency, comfort, and health. We’ll start out discussing each of them as they apply to windows and patio doors, and clarify the details that make a window efficient.


  1. Review factors that make a home green and the components of energy efficient windows.
  2. Identify the cost vs. value statistics for replacement windows.
  3. Identify the environmental factors of aluminum windows.
  4. Define options in window replacements for a greener home.
  5. Define choices in patio door replacements for a greener home.
  6. Discuss standards and green building certifications for renovations
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America Training Solutions
Raleigh, NC
United States


Milgard Windows & Doors
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Landscape Arch, DAR

good content ana presenting

Principal, Director of Design, Innovative Design
Pro Reviewer

This course is a good one for the beginners who want to understand window and patio door options for residential projects. The best part is the cost vs. value presenting the investment dollars and return on investment. However, the slides did not present such numbers visually so it was difficult to grasp all the presented numbers.

Territory Manager, Argos USA

basic information

Territory Manager, Argos USA

basic information

Structural Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

An interesting Aspect For Energy saving

Senior Estimator, Balfour Beatty Construction

This is really about different kinds of replacement glass doors and windows. It doesn't mention the many other ways a home can become greener - so the title is a little misleading. This is a very beginner course.

Turner Construction Company

good reading material

Project Executive, The Weidt Group
Pro Reviewer

This is a great course for learning about the environmental impacts of varying types of windows and patio doors, especially in homes. You'll also learn about the pros and cons of several window types and patio doors. I especially appreciated the information and case studies that speak to the return on investment of window placement. This course seems appropriate for beginner and intermediate learners.

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