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Green Building Materials and Construction Methods

Course Description :

Learn to implement green building practices into homes, apartments, business complexes and office buildings. Utilize materials and techniques that promote healthy, durable and environmentally-responsible construction. Increase your understanding of helpful tools and resources, including green building rating systems. Hands-on exercises provide innovative solutions you can put to immediate use.

Discover the latest and best green construction methods changing the landscape of the building industry. Explore life-cycle assessment methods of materials and be a better-informed designer or builder when selecting materials.


Topics :

Examine sustainable construction methods used in today's green commercial and residential buildings in relation to their energy and environmental impacts and benefits. Topics include:


  • the desirable characteristics of sustainable materials and how to assess and quantify them
  • the concept of "cradle-to-cradle" product analysis and its application to building materials
  • sustainable site design materials and landscaping systems
  • alternative structural systems (including adobe, strawbale and rammed earth)
  • salvaged materials and material reduction
  • building commissioning and modular systems and design
  • construction and demolition waste diversion


Green Building Materials and Construction Methods


Instructors :

UC Davis Extension faculty.


When :

Enroll now through August 11th and complete by September 15th. Passwords issued August 11th.


Format :

You must begin and end the course on the dates noted above. You must provide your email address when enrolling to receive your password. Please set up your email account to receive email from "extensiondlc.net"; otherwise, the email containing your password may not reach your inbox. You will receive your password via email on the start date, or within two business days of enrolling if you enroll after the start date. From the day you receive your password, you will have until the completion date noted above to complete the course. If you do not receive your password in the time frame noted, please visit the Online Learning Campus Support Center at extensiondlc.net/helpdesk. Open a new ticket, and select "Password Issues" from the Help Topics.


Technical requirements: :

A stable Internet connection and a current email account. Most online courses also require the ability to view PDF documents and Flash-based presentations, and speakers or headphones to hear audio presentation. If you plan to access an online course using an iPad, iPod or an iPhone there are a variety of Flash web browsers available in the App Store that can enable your iPad/iPod/iPhone to view Flash content. More info.


Fee :



Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.
10% discount for APACA Section or BIA members


Credit :

2 quarter units academic credit, X421.5, 20 AICP Hours


Section :



Enrollment Policies :

Requests to withdraw, transfer, or obtain an extension or a refund, are governed by the distance learning enrollment policies which are detailed in our Student Services section. No extensions will be granted for this course.


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