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Fall 2013 Semester Courses at Norwalk Community College

I will be teaching four courses this Fall semester. The first is:  Understanding Green Building Certifications,  the second is: LEED Green Associate Core Concepts, the third is: Understanding a Sustainable Home and the fourth is: Green Finance. The description for each of these courses is listed below. If you have any questions about any course please don’t hesitate to contact me by commenting to this blog or by emailing me at:

Understanding Green Building Certifications  RE- CEU: 3, APP-CEU:3, ARCH-:3, LEED AP/GA:3

This course will provide any building, real estate or related industry professional, or any interested party, with an understanding of LEED, NAHB & EnergyStar building certifications, the measurements used to determine each certification, green washing,  how to evaluate green benefits, tax incentives and green insurance. You will learn the difference between “being green” and sustainability and the difference between conventional and green building methods. This is a “green basics” course and anyone can benefit by getting a better understanding about sustainable. This course will include updated code change information as it applies to the 2009 IECC and 2009 IRC codes.

CRN: 5620        One  Session              Location: NCC campus- EForum       Cost: $35.00

Date: Monday Sept. 30            Time:  6pm-9pm

CRN: 5619       One Session               Location: Off Campus, First Presbyterian Church, New Canaan

Date: Oct. 7, 2013        Time: 6pm-9pm

(contact Norwalk Community College at 203-857-7237 to register or 203-857-7080 for questions or go to: and click on  Extended Studies from the top menu bar for all courses)

LEED Green Associate- Core Concepts   RE-CEU:6, APP-CEU: 18, ARCH-CEU: 6

This course provides an overview of sustainable building, including environmental imperatives driving the industry, the paradigm of integrated design, and the role of USGBC and the LEED Rating System. It explains the intent of each LEED Credit Category, identifying best practices, related key terms and concepts, regulation and incentives, and concepts in practice. This course will prepare you for taking the LEED Green Associate Examination and becoming nationally accredited as a LEED Green Associate, the first step in becoming a LEED Accredited Professional.

CRN 5676                5 sessions                                                           Norwalk  East campus, RM E212

Time: 5pm-9pm              Dates:9/9 /13 through 9/13/13               Cost: $395.00

This course consists of (5) five segments.  A list of collateral material is available for free download to students at this blog. You should review  two websites for more information concerning LEED accreditation: and . This course will qualify you to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Course segment schedule:

Segment One     Overview of LEED, USGBC, GBCI  and Sustainable Sites

Segment Two     Water Efficiency and Materials & Resources

Segment Three    Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design

Segment Four    Energy and Atmosphere

Segment Five     LEED App. process, Synergy,  Green Building Benefits

Understanding a Sustainable Home   RE-CEU: 6, APP-CEU: 12, ARCH-CEU: 6,  LEED AP/GA: 6

This course is designed to explain the elements that comprise a sustainable home. This course explains how “Green Homes” incorporate multiple components that when integrated, make the entire building energy-efficient, resource efficient and minimizes environmental impact. Categories include: Energy, Water, Materials and Resources, Indoor Air Quality, Siting the home and landscaping, Green products,  Understanding  LEED, NAHB and EnergyStar.  Key components of a green home will be covered in each segment. These will include methods and products that relate to each category. We will cover the 2009 IECC and 2009 IRC, both have the potential to change the face of real estate as we know it. Builders, architects, home owners, appraisers, brokers and salespeople, interior designers and any person with the desire to become familiar with the rapidly growing area of green homes would benefit from this course. Collateral material will be provided.

CRN 5722     3 Sessions   Time:  5pm-9pm

Norwalk East Campus, Room E212

Dates:    Sept. 17, 18, 19   2013         Cost: $175

Green Finance      CEU pending RE, APP        ARCH, LEED AP/GA: 3

Whether commercial or residential, funding for green measures is a main concern for owners.This course will cover government incentives, both state and federal, tax relief, and favorable renovation loans including  203k and 203h programs, plus many more. These programs can be complicated and difficult to find. We will examine the types of funding available, funding levels,and how, when and where to apply. Each student will be provided the tools to perform funding research and applications on their own. We will cover the new 2009 IRC adoption and the 2009 IECC codes.

This course is a must for any contractor, owner, broker, architect or lender who wants to learn how to be an advocate for their clients by understanding how funding works with green building and renovation. Everybody wants to do it, but nobody knows how to pay for it.

CRN 5401         One Session                   Cost: $50.00       Norwalk West Campus, RM W104

Date:  Oct. 5, 2013            Time: 9am-12pm

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  2. Will you be teaching LEED Green Associate Core Concepts this fall? Where?

    Comment by David | June 23, 2013 | Reply

    • David,
      The LEED Green Associate course will be taught at Norwalk Community College starting Sept. 9-13
      from 5pm-9pm all five days. The second offering of LEED Green Associate will be at Ring’s End
      Education Center in Stratford, CT starting Oct. 21 from 9am-1pm each day,then the following four
      days Oct. 23,25,28,30.
      You must attend all five days to recieve the letter of attestation for attendance and to qualify.
      All of these dates and venues will be on the blog by the end of next week.
      for the exam.

      Comment by wsjenterprises | June 24, 2013 | Reply

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