The Sustainable Building Construction program equips students with essential skills for pursuing a career in the fields of green building design, planning, construction and maintenance. Program curriculum will cover a contemporary range of building design strategies, sustainable development, and technologies, with an emphasis on those that reduce environmental impacts and make our buildings and communities healthier, equitable, and more livable.
Upon successful completion of the Sustainable Building Construction Certificate of Achievement, completers will be prepared for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associates exam, the first step towards becoming LEED Certified.
A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.
Effective: Academic Year 2021-2022
Our current certificates completions are between 9-16 per year. However, with the addition of this new certificate we expect that number to go up.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Describe contemporary and emerging high-performance building codes and standards.
2. Define and describe the technical and economic principles behind Passive Houses.
3. Recall common terminology used in energy efficiency, energy production, and renewable energy systems.
4. Analyze and select sustainable materials appropriate for a specific project.
5. Identify appropriate and efficient heating, cooling, and air quality control systems for a building, including heat recovery ventilation, passive, and insulation systems.
6. Apply the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) rating system to a building project to assess sustainability, and properly document the assessment.
7. Prepare for the LEED Green Associate Examination.
The attached documents have labor market data for jobs/careers in Construction Inspection with the focus on sustainability. The data shows that jobs in the field are growing and the median compensation is higher than the entry level national average. Students will, upon successful completion of the Sustainable Building Construction Certificate of Achievement, will be prepared for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associates exam, the first step towards becoming LEED Certified. This is also the starting point for anyone generally interested in entry level career paths in an emerging new field within the construction industry.
(Y1 or S1)
|BLDG 212||Print Reading for Construction||3.0||S1|
|BLDG 213||Building Construction Codes and Standards||3.0||S1|
|BLDG 214||Materials and Processes of Construction: Sub-grade to Roof||3.0||S1|
|BLDG 222||Sustainable Planning and Zoning Principles||3.0||S2|
|BLDG 225||Green Building and Energy Efficiencies||3.0||S2|
|DT 110||Sustainable Technologies||3.0||S2|
Kevin McKenna · 06/09/21
Additional Information for Similar Programs at Other Colleges in Service Area Despite the number of colleges offering some form of either sustainability or building construction courses, the LMI data shows that demand exceeds the current supply of awards conferred annually by education institutions in the region. Although they have the same top code, the colleges in the immediate area do not offer a certificate that would be directly correlated with sustainability as it applies directly to building construction. Labor market data shows a large growth in the green building sector over the next five years. As climate change trepidations persist, it will reinforce the need for sustainable building construction in both residential and commercial sectors. Employment opportunities such as energy auditors and managers, sustainable building specialists, zoning technicians, solar engineers, sustainability-focused building professionals, and other emerging roles will continue to grow. This program prepares those enrolled to apply for a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design Green Associate exam, another highly regarded certification in the construction, engineering, and architecture fields.
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