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Green Building Practices Certificate Program Details

Penn Foster’s Green Building Practices Certificate Program will enhance your skills and help you learn the types of resources consumed during and after the construction of a residence, recognize where and how energy is consumed and wasted in a building, and use efficient building techniques to reduce concrete and lumber used in residential construction.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Green Building Practices certificate program teaches students about building techniques and practices that can reduce the consumption of traditional fossil fuels and energy resources.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Understand green construction
  • Name the structural techniques and materials used that reduce the use of natural resources
  • Identify the systems used to reduce the use of water, electricity, and heat
  • Know the techniques used to control energy consumption in buildings

As human population and wealth grow, increasing demand for natural resources continues to push up their cost. In this course you will learn to capitalize on the benefits—financial and otherwise—of limiting the consumption of resources in the construction and long-term operation of our dwellings.

Objectives:

  • Understand the types of resources consumed during and after the construction of a residence.
  • Recognize where and how energy is consumed and wasted in a building.
  • Use efficient building techniques to reduce concrete and lumber used in residential construction.
  • Decide how to locate and join HVAC ductwork.
  • Use landscaping practices that improve a building’s green characteristic.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Green from the Ground Up

Well insulated and weatherized buildings help us keep ideal interior temperatures year-round, reducing the need for heating and cooling, and saving money and resources. This course covers a specific skills of the weatherizing trade.

Objectives:

  • Weatherstrip doors and patches.
  • Insulate walls, floors, and attics.
  • Know when and how to replace windows.
  • Describe the operating principles of heat pumps and electric resistance systems.
  • Maintain and upgrade air conditioners.
  • Plan home renovation as a way to save energy.
  • Build up walls and roofs for better insulation.
  • Select appliances and light fixtures to cut energy use.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Insulate and Weatherize

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

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Discussion Boards
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Sample Green Building Practices Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Green Building Practices course would look like.
Sample Green Building Practices Lesson
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.
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