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Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Program/Introduction to Green Building

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Modules: Introduction - Green Building - Energy - Retrofits and Energy Efficiency - Water Efficiency - Solar Hot Water - Photovoltaic


Objectives[edit]

By the end of the Introduction to Green Building module, students will understand:

  1. The application of “Green Building” and its relation to current building practices, personal lifestyle and the environment
  2. Assessing properties, projects, and customers to develop appropriate structures
  3. The appropriateness of various green building techniques and materials
  4. Green sales and marketing

Goals[edit]

The following are some of the main goals for the Introduction to Green Building module.

Aerial view of CCAT.

Concepts[edit]

By the end of the Introduction to Green Building module, students will understand the following concepts (among others):

  • Why build green homes?
  • Building and construction evaluation, strategies, techniques and quality
  • Customer needs and desires
  • Appropriate application of methods and material
  • Building material salvage and reuse
  • Indoor air pollution

Vocabulary and units[edit]

By the end of the Introduction to Green Building module, students will be able to confidently use the following vocabulary and/or units (among others):

  • Green, Sustainable, Appropriate Technology, Local, Lifespan, Cradle to Cradle, Net zero, LCA, VOC, Built environment, Natural, Passive

Calculations[edit]

By the end of the Introduction to Green Building module, students will be able to do the following calculations (among others):

  • Scaling
  • Cost of materials

How to[edit]

By the end of the Introduction to Green Building module, students will be comfortable doing the following (among others):

  • Analyze a site for solar potential, availability of material and integration
  • Use passive principles in design
  • Look at surrounding conditions to decide/determine approach to project
  • Compare conventional and green building technique and materials
  • Read construction plans

Field trips[edit]

By the end of the Introduction to Green Building module, students will be have gone on the following field trips (possibly among others):

  • Alchemy Construction
  • Alternative Building Center
  • Potawot
  • A CSA (e.g. Deepseeded)