Sustainable Construction Career Prep

155 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

*** This course is currently under development and will be available soon. ***

This course describes the high-performance green building delivery system, a rapidly emerging building delivery system that satisfies the owner while addressing sustainability considerations of economic, environmental, and social impact, from design through the end of the building’s life cycle. A building delivery system is the process used by building owners to ensure that a facility meeting their specific needs is designed, built, and handed over for operation in a cost-effective manner.

This course will examine the design and construction of state-of-the-art green buildings in the United States, considering the nation’s unique design and building traditions, products, services, building codes, and other characteristics. Best practices, technologies, and approaches of other countries will be used to illustrate alternative techniques. Although intended primarily for a US audience, the general approaches described could apply broadly to green building efforts worldwide.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Sigrid Ferguson Green, MSEd in Instructional Design for Online Learning, MS Human Resource Management, with over 15 years of experience in training and development/education. Her experience has been to lead teams of Instructional Designers, and managed curricula for companies such as: American Express and Assurant. Her experience includes but is not limited to the following: technical writing, web design, training, instructional design, graphic design, and curriculum development.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Introduction and Overview

In this lesson you will learn that two decades after the first significant efforts to apply the sustainability paradigm to the built environment, the resulting sustainable construction movement has gained significant strength and momentum. You will learn about the shifting landscape for high performance, the rationale for high performance, and stand and local guidelines high performance construction.

Lesson 2: Background

In this lesson you will learn the shift to a high-performance built environment is being propelled by three major forces. You will become familiar with the effect of these three forces on the green building movement and their influence on defining new directions for design and construction of the built environment. It lays out the ethical arguments supporting sustainability and, by extension, sustainable construction.

Lesson 3: Ecological Design

In this lesson you will review fundamental principles of ecological, or green, design and explores the philosophy and rationale of practitioners and academics whose life’s work has centered on these issues. An overview of the history and current efforts to connect ecological thinking to buildings provides a starting point; further study of ecology, industrial ecology, and related fields is recommended.

Lesson 4: Green Building Assessment

In this lesson you will learn about the two major US building assessment standards, LEED and Green Globes, and one emerging system, the Living Building Challenge.

Lesson 5: The US Green Building Council LEED Building Rating System

In this lesson you will learn the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most frequently used building assessment system in the United States. The success of LEED is the result of a long, careful development process that occurred between 1995 and 1998.

Lesson 6: The Green Globes Building Assessment System

In this lesson you will learn the Green Globes building rating system represents more than 15 years of research and refinement by a wide range of prominent international organizations and experts. The genesis of the system was the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) in the United Kingdom, which was imported into Canada in 1996.

Lesson 7: The Green Building Design Process

In this lesson you will learn the differences between standard practice and the green building process, paying particular attention to the highly collaborative charrette process, probably one of the most distinguishing hallmarks of contemporary green building.

Lesson 8: The Sustainable Site and Landscape

In this lesson you learn carefully designed and executed work by architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, and construction managers is required to produce a building that optimizes the use of the site; that is highly integrated with the local ecosystem; that carefully considers the site’s geology, topography, solar insolation, hydrology, and wind patterns; that minimizes impacts during construction and operation; and that employs landscaping as a powerful adjunct to its technical systems.

Lesson 9: Energy and Carbon Footprint Reduction

In this lesson you will learn that primary energy is the best measure of energy consumption because it is the energy in fuel sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas before they are converted into electricity and other forms of secondary or site energy.

Lesson 10: Built Environment Hydrologic Cycle

In this lesson you will learn how high-performance buildings can help contribute to reducing pressure on the increasingly scarce water resource and to
improving the health of local ecosystems. 

Lesson 11: Closing Materials Loops

In this lesson you will learn about the characteristics that make materials and products acceptable for application in high-performance buildings include high recycled content, reused building materials, locally and regionally available materials, certified wood products, and wood products made from rapidly renewable resources.

Lesson 12: Indoor Environmental Quality

In this lesson you will learn although the quality of indoor air is indeed very important, the high-performance green building movement considers a much wider range of health, safety, and comfort factors. 

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**