If you are looking to further your education on green building, especially as it relates to green flooring, below are some
of the places to help. Green education is the place to start when making eco–friendly choices and modifications for
your home or business. Learn from some of the experts in the sustainable world and be on your way to making a difference. You
don't have to be a flooring professional or even in the construction industry to enroll in green building education classes
or programs. If you have an interest in green education, start your search below.
Green Education Programs and Resources
Green Building Certification Institute – GBCI
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) was established with the support of the U.S. Green building Council.
GBCI is a separate entity and administers the credentials for
programs relating to green building.
While the U.S. Green Building Council oversees the LEED Rating System and offers education programs relating to LEED, GBCI
administers the LEED Professional Accreditation Program.
This includes development of the exam, registration and delivery. The GBCI is now developing a maintenance program for LEED
AP credential holders. This maintenance program will ensure
those holding credentials continue to maintain their knowledge and skills and adhere to the green building guidelines of the
LEED Rating System.
The U.S. Green Building Council and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) now offer Greenbuild365, a
year–round building portal where professionals can learn
about green building. There is professional training for builders, real estate agents, contractors, architects,
manufacturers and engineers who are interested in learning about
Resources available through Greenbuild365 include a course catalog, an Expo Media Library and Green Bytes (short videos,
articles and podcasts). You can use these resources to learn
about tried and true green practices through case studies and audio and visual presentations. LEED courses on green building
can be obtained live online, in person with a LEED expert,
or you can do the research yourself online at any time.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
The NAHB hopes to conventionalize green building by offering educational training and awarding builders, home building
associations and remodelers. If you're about to begin a green
building project, refer to NAHB's Model Green Home Building Guidelines for help. These guidelines cover everything from water
efficiency and operation, to indoor environmental quality
and occupancy. You can download and print these guidelines directly from their website (www.nahbgreen.org).
The NAHB also has the ability to confer green certification to building projects through their Research Center.
Certification is awarded to homes that meet or exceed sustainable
home construction standards. When assessing a particular project, the NAHB looks at the 7 following criteria:
- Water efficiency
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Homeowner Education
- Energy Efficiency
- Resource Efficiency
- Global Impact
National Green Building Conference
Every year the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) holds a Green Building Conference that showcases the latest
green technologies. The 2009 Green Building Conference will
be held in Dallas, Texas and will give professionals a chance to learn more on green, network with other people in the
industry, and share their practices as it relates to things like
indoor air quality (IAQ), water conservation and energy efficiency.
You may have to do further research to see what the green building regulations are in your local area. California, for
example, offers a Sustainable Building Education and Outreach
program that provides training on minimizing construction waste and making more conscientious choices in regard to building
materials. Iowa also has a green program (Center on
Sustainable Communities) that educates and encourages consumers and building professionals to take a more sustainable
If you want to know what states are currently affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders, you can visit
their site – www.nahb.org.