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Green building course pushes sustainability training

August 17, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - Alpena Community College is taking steps to become environmentally friendly by initiating a new credit course called Green Building and Sustainability. It will be taught by Bruce Frost, who has worked for ACC over the past four years as an adjunct instructor to develop and deliver 60-hour, non-credit residential builders pre-licensing courses.

ACC President Olin Joynton said Frost's course will be offered in the fall, in order to further implement ACC's sustainability training through its Department of Labor grant.

Frost will be teaching history of green building, the process of green building design and certification, energy efficiency, resource efficiency, environmental stewardship, and home owner education and maintenance programs for a sustainable future.

"Green building is an whole house approach, we want students to be able to do all the calculations," Frost said. "Green building is quality building now."

Through the new class, CST 201 students will learn through the National Association of Homebuilders Model Green Home Building Guidelines, applying the guidelines to residential building projects. Students will also learn how to develop a site and building plan that follows the green building guidelines.

"One of the key factors in green building is insulation, the more the better," Frost said. "Local students will be working on green high-performance homes though nationally recognized publications and standards."

The course will also cover current International Energy Conservation Code, state and national green certification programs, and components of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Building Performance Institute, Energy Star, and Household Energy Rating System programs.

"In the future I'd like to have a campus sustainability club, and to see local students working with local groups to green up our current environment," Frost said.

Emily Siegmon can be reached via e-mail at esiegmon@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.

 
 

 

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