What can I expect from the NAHB classes?
New catergory without any questions – I couldn’t resist. I have spent the last several years trying to learn as much as i can about green building and building science. Have taken all the prep classes on all of the different green building programs in town – Energy Star, EFL, Earthcraft, LEED-H, Healthy built homes, National Green Building Standard, etc. and have certified a few homes to a few of the different programs trying to get a feel for them all. Frequent all of the building science websites and subscribe to the typical home building publications. Having been trying hard to get that “next level” of education that will go a little bit deeper into building science, etc. Have attended just about every “green” program presented by the local USGBC and HBA only to be disappointed that it is always the same stuff – the same circular arrows that say people, house, planet, etc. – they always seem to be more for the people that have not built green before and not much help for anyone that already has a basic understanding of building science. I even attended the RESNET conference this year (I am a builder not a rater) hoping to get some deeper classes but once again they only begin to scratch the surface. I’ve been thinking about taking the Green Building for Professionals class for the CGP designation but assume this is another class to get a designation for marketing and not really help you build a better house, kind of like the LEED, AP, more about how to use their program and less on real knowledge – have never been one for these designations however I did take the BPI Building Analyst class which was pretty good. I noticed at the Nation Green Building Conference there is an Advanced Green Building class – is this the same class that I read about on GBA that is taught by Peter Yost? Is this class the one that I am looking for? Is the CGP required prior to taking the Advanced class? Any other suggestions on course that can be taken? Thanks.