In a world concerned with sustainability, building homes that reflects that vision is of the utmost importance. Certification in green building will certainly become a necessity for architects and contractors well into the future. Solar Energy International (SEI) is now offering an online course (you can take it anywhere!) in green building techniques that qualifies for college credits and certification in Renewable Energy.
Who are the Best Candidates?
Home designers, contractors and builders looking to better meet their clients’ needs are excellent candidates for this class. Anyone looking to build a home in the near future would benefit from the knowledge as well. The language of an unfamiliar profession is murky at best, so acclimation is key.
“Building for the Future: Sustainable Home Design”
There are two sessions available:
- Feb 1-Mar 14, 2010
- June 21-Aug 1, 2010
Both sessions are currently open for enrollment. You’ll need 8-15 hours per week for the class, depending on your internet connection and prior experience with the subject matter. There are no set times to do the work, but online discussions are part of the curriculum, as well as quizzes and assignments, so some scheduling will be necessary. The Renewable Energy Certificates are granted through Madison Area Technical College (MATC).
Topics covered include:
- Building Orientation
- Solar Site Analysis
- Building Science
- Moisture and Air Leakage
- Super-Insulation Strategies
- New Window Technologies
- Passive Solar Designs
- Energy Efficient Technologies
- Indoor Air Quality
- Healthy/Green Building Materials
- Domestic Solar Hot Water
- Renewable Energy Options
- Sustainable Back-Up Home Heating Systems
- Practical Building Techniques
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