Building Initiatives: Resource and Energy Best Practices | Wisconsin Approval #15066


1 Credit Hour | Online Video Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
This 1-Hour online course in HD-video will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner.

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Building Initiatives: Resource and Energy Best Practices




Course Description

Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment.  A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building. This one hour course will help builders identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of building placement on the lot, “Brownfield” site clean-up methods and the need for soil erosion control and basic methods.
  • Have an understanding of material properties, recycling and finally, the process for LEED certification.

Energy Efficient Building Practices

I.  Environmental Concerns and Implications
(Video length 10:40)

A. Concerns
B. Practices
C. LEED Rating System
D. Costs

II.  Building Placement
(Video length 18:15)

A. Evaluating the Site
B. Remediation Strategies
C. Managing Natural Ecosystems
D. Commercial Products

III.  Efficient power generation
(Video length 14:37)

A. Passive Solar Heat
B. Performance
C. Renewable Sources

IV.  Building Systems
(Video length 23:14)

A. Photovoltaic
B. Geothermal
C. Recycled Materials
D. Ventilation
E. LEED Accreditation


Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-727-7104 or send an email to Email responses will usually be returned promptly, but guaranteed within one business day.

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