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Course Description: AEC Daily: A Practical Look at Green Buildings for Contractors
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.
Describe what a green building project is, how it improves the well-being of occupants, and how it can reduce the impact on the environment compared to a traditional building project.
Recall the basics of LEED in general with a focus on LEED BD+C rating systems.
Recognize the key areas that fall under the contractor’s responsibility on a LEED BD+C project.
Identify different resources available to contractors and project teams.
Explore next steps to gain further understanding of green buildings and become actively involved in green building projects.