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A Practical Look at Green Buildings for Contractors

GBCI: 0920001125

This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on green building projects or who would like to be more involved in green buildings.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LEED AP BD+C
  • LEED Green Associate

LEED version: v4, v2009

Published on: August 27, 2014

Average: 4.7 (6 votes)
4.666665

About

Anybody who has worked on a green building project knows that a large portion of the project’s success lies in how well the project building is built. And success may be attaining a certain LEED certification level, attaining certain LEED points, keeping the project on budget, implementing innovative strategies for occupants, or any number of other success metrics. Many project teams put so much emphasis into the project design and often overlook how the Contractor influences the project outcome. Whether it’s managing the materials and products used on site, planning and implementing proper indoor air quality management strategies, or just overall effective project execution, the Contractor has the ability to make or break a green building project. This requires the Contractor and their trades to be knowledgeable about sustainability and the green building project they’re working on.

This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on green building projects or who would like to be more involved in green buildings. This course will provide an overview of what a green building is, different ways that Contractors and their trades can get involved, and the key areas that fall under the Contractor’s responsibility when executing a LEED project.

Objectives

  1. Describe what a green building project is and how that might be defined.
  2. Recall the basics of LEED in general with a focus on LEED BD+C Rating Systems.
  3. Understand the key areas that fall under the Contractor’s responsibility on a LEED BD+C project
  4. Identify different resources available to Contractors and project teams.
  5. Identify next steps to gain more knowledge on green buildings and be involved.
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AEC Daily Corporation
Buffalo, NY
United States

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Erika Mayer

Sustainability Consultant Lunchbox Consulting Inc.
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6 commentsLeave a comment

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
5

A useful review plus a brief introduction to changes in v4 presented by an obviously experienced LEED professional.

Director, General Cable
5

This was a very good overview of BD+C credits with an emphasis on contractor responsibilities on a LEED project. The speaker gave several examples of changes from LEED 2009 to LEED v4.

5

This course gives you an overview of LEED v4 BC+D. I would recommend this course to anyone leaning towards an understanding of LEED credits and sustainable practices in the construction process.

Faculty and Director, LEED Program , University of Florida
Pro Reviewer
4

Very good presentation on basic overview of LEED and V4 contractors credits, which is needed. The speaker is knowledgeable and easy to understand. Providing terminologies and links for resources is very helpful too. More courses on LEED V4 will help expedite the use of V4. It will be good to see the next level of V4 for contractors.

Founder, DCarbon
Pro Reviewer
5

The course provides a comprehensive understanding of what the LEED process includes and highlights which areas fall primarily under the contractor’s responsibility. It is strongly recommended for contractors who are totally unfamiliar with LEED, however, for those who have some experience it would have been helpful to include examples and images depicting implemented strategies, as far action plans are concerned. Finally, it is very important that the course highlights the importance of proper material and product specification since the most significant changes between v3 and v4 have occurred within the “Materials & Resources” category.

Sustainability Program Manager - USACE Europe District, U.S. Army
Pro Reviewer
4

Good general overview on the basics of Green Building and LEED combined with details on LEED credits which are typically Construction Contractor responsibility. The presentation was given by a speaker who was knowledgeable in the topics covered and who spoke clearly. The second half of this presentation could be used as a good intro for Contractors looking for a quick update on LEED v.4 credits.

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