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Fall 2016 Courses

  • The following  courses  are available this Fall:
  • Understanding Green Building  
  • LEED Green Associate Core Concepts
  • Understanding a Sustainable Home  
  • Green Finance
  • Green Appraisal
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of IECC Code Testing

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   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 2012 IECC and 2012 IRC codes.

3 hrs. Cost: $50.00/pp

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.

Cost: $395.00/pp

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 2012 IECC and 2012 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.

12 hrs.  Cost: $175/pp

Green Finance      RE-CEU: 3  APP CEU: 3    ARCH: 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 2012 IRC adoption and the 2012 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.

3 hrs.  Cost: $50.00/pp

Green Appraisal

How much is my “green” home worth? How can I determine the right selling price? How can I sell a “green” home to get my investment value? These questions and more including  HERS ratings, Green MLS listings, Appraisal Institute’s “Green Addendum” will be answered. Things change and so do expectations, building codes and the methods by which we value and appraise houses. This course will supply the basic building blocks of building science, appraisal valuation by measured improvements and most of all, how to sell high performance homes.

3 hrs.  Cost: $75/pp

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of IECC code testing  ARCH CEU: 3

Connecticut is adopting the 2012 IECC code into the 2016 State of Connecticut Building Code effective as of Oct.1, 2016. Bill Janhonen of Home Energy Technologies will discuss the results of testing hundreds of homes throughout the state and give a “boots on the ground” analysis of what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to air sealing and duct sealing showing actual tested homes.

Photos of every type, size, building material, insulation type and configuration will be represented with an example of best practices shown in the work place along with some of the dangerous and disastrous. What building inspectors are looking for and what’s to come in the future will also be discussed along with time for questions and answers.

3hrs. Cost: $50/pp




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LEED Green Associate Collateral material list-free downloads

For students taking the LEED Green Associate course at Norwalk Community College, Middlesex Community College or at the Ring’s End Education Center a list of links to download collateral material for the course is attached.

 You have two options:

Option One: Go to Fedex Office Print & Ship Center (Kinko’s), 777 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854 Phone  number: 203-299-1616,  and request the collateral material under the name: William Janhonen. Request that they print out the pages of collateral material in B&W, double-sided and hole punched for you. Individuals attending outside the Norwalk/Fairfield County can contact the Kinko’s listed above to have the downloaded materials emailed to a Fedex/Kinko’s nearest to you.

Option Two: You can download the information direct from the websites and print out the pages yourself.

LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations (101 pages):

LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations checklist (1 page):

LEED Green Associate Handbook (29 pages):

Minimum Program Requirements (6 pages) :

Any questions can be sent by commenting to this blog or by contacting me at: .

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