Architects can incorporate green building techniques into their designs through their choice of building materials. Material choice greatly affects the environmental impact of buildings, both during construction and over the building’s lifecycle. Wood is a renewable, durable building material that can be used in almost any building application. Wood products typically require less energy to produce than other building materials. Green building standards also recognize wood’s contribution to improved energy performance over time. Learn in this CEU about green building technologies, green building construction and green building certifications.
By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
- Understand the role wood products play in sustainable building design and construction.
- Describe common green building standards, certification and ratings programs and identify some of their similarities and differences.
- Recognize terms used for green building and understand how things like forest certification, EPDs and LCAs can be used to meet green building standards.
- Discuss green building trends regarding building codes, building types and procurement policies.