As part of a new Master Certified Green Professional designation, NAHB worked with GreenBuildingAdvisor to develop a rigorous training course covering green home building, full of building science and quality construction details. This course premiered at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas just last week.
After nearly a full day of building science instruction, students in the class spend most of the second day working in groups on real projects (often their own). They use all the GBA resources, but particularly the construction details library, strategy generator, and product guide.
Some great feedback
Several builders stopped by the NAHB Green Building Education booth after the course. Dennis Gray (P.E., LEED-AP, CGP – Wasatch Engineering) from Park City, Utah had this to say:
“The Advanced Green Building: Building Science class is an excellent addition to the NAHB education offerings. Mostly a continuation of Green Building for Building Professionals, the thing that made it special to me was the time spent on the science of moisture migration through building structures, what this impacts, and how to control it. What was great about the class approach was that it concentrated on providing the builder with the knowledge to understand how moisture problems are created, and the science behind solutions. The breakout sessions, where we worked on actual projects, was a very effective learning process. Any builder who is designing and building high performance green homes is well advised to take this class – well worth it.”
Don Ferrier of Ferrier Homes in Ft. Worth, Texas is a leading member of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee who worked with NAHB and Green Building Advisor on this new course.
“I am very impressed with the GBA website,” says Ferrier. “Its depth and breadth is a good fit for the new Master Certified Green Professional designation, building substantially on the Certified Green Professional program.”
Coming to an HBA near you
Local home building associations around the country will be offering this course; the first will be in eastern Connecticut. I will be teaching the course for Build Green NH in March. Check out the NAHB education website (search on Advanced Green Building) to see when this class might be offered in your area. We don’t think you will be disappointed!
NOTE: At this time, the Master Certified Green Professional designation is not yet available. This is because the other required course for the designation, Green Project Management, has not premiered. The Green Project Management course will premier late this spring or early summer.