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Green Building Methods

The Ohio State University Ohio UnionThe Ohio State University is well known for its Green Building initiatives and boasts a number of buildings constructed using the technologies, materials, and methods set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council. Photo of the OSU Ohio Union.


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Start Date: May 1, 2017
End Date:  August 7, 2017
 

About this program

In this 100% online course, students learn about green building methods, techniques and practices and how they can be applied to planning practice. The course focuses on concepts associated with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design®, (LEED®,) which is a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®) that recognizes building practices that save money, reduce water consumption, improve indoor air quality, make better material choices, and overall have less negative impacts to the environment.

For buildings to receive LEED certification, projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED certified buildings are more efficient and cost less to operate with reduced energy and water bills, and they typically have faster lease-up rates, higher property values, and may qualify for incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances.

Professionals can obtain LEED accreditation if they are interested in working on LEED projects or have a general interest in green building methods. The accreditation helps professionals learn green building methods, techniques, and practices. The credential letters are a visible indicator to other professionals or employers indicating a person is environmentally conscious and knowledgeable. In addition, if an accredited professional works on a LEED project, it provides additional points toward the project’s certification level.
 

Click Here to read more about the benefits of LEED certification.


Why choose this program?

Other similar programs are focused exclusively on coaching people about what they need to know in order to just pass the LEED examination. Our program provides that and more with a comprehensive study of the concepts and practices within the green building methods discipline. Students who successfully complete this program will not only be ready to pass the exam, but they also will be better prepared for success in the field and their career.


What you will learn in this program

Upon completion of this course, a student should understand green building methods, techniques, and practices as it relates to planning and LEED, including the core strategies related to:

  1. Integrative Process
  2. Location and Transportation
  3. Sustainable Sites
  4. Water Efficiency
  5. Energy and Atmosphere
  6. Materials and Resources
  7. Indoor Environmental Quality
  8. Innovation and Regional Priority

What you can expect

The online delivery of the courses is comprised of:

  • Instructional material equivalent to approximately one semester credit hour
  • Approximately 40 hours of course work including 12-13 hours of online instruction
  • Course duration is 14 weeks. 
  • 4 CEUs are granted upon successful completion of the course

Please note: while this course is equal to approximately 40 hours of course work over fourteen weeks, students should allow a two-to-one study-to-class-time ratio. This means you should plan to study two hours for each one hour of class time. The course consists of approximately 2.8 hrs per week of class time, so an average person should expect to spend 5.7 hrs on completing the course work each week. Based on a person's own personal strengths and experience, you should increase or decrease the ratio. 

 

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Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

 

Required Text Books

The required text books and materials students must purchase for this course include:

  • The two books listed below can be purchased on the USGBC website where the study bundle cost is lower than purchasing the books separately elsewhere. 

    Study Bundle: LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide LEED v4 Edition and LEED Core Concepts Guide ($155 non-member/$130 member)


IMPORTANT NOTE: You must purchase the v4 edition of the LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide to have the most up-to-date information that is covered on the exam.

Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be made if cancellation is received two weeks prior to the start of the course. No refunds within two weeks of the course start date.