Training opportunities help promote green building

January 29, 2013
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Training opportunities available to construction and remodeling professionals can help promote the inclusion of green practices and technologies in projects. State and local governments are increasingly requiring property owners, both residential and commercial, to incorporate the use of green materials and construction techniques.

Workshops are being held across the country to help interested property developers and construction professionals begin researching the latest in green building practices. For example, two conferences titled, “What’s Next in the World of Green Building & Construction,” and “LEED Building and Design and Construction: Nuts and Bolts of LEED and LEEDAP Exam Preparation,” are scheduled for Thursday, January 31, 2013. Alabama Live reports that the event will be held at the White-Spunner Construction office in Mobile, Alabama.

“This workshop is intended to help professionals in the real estate, construction, property management, or building design communities learn about new developments in the green building marketplace, and how those are being applied across our region,” Bryant told the news source.

Participants in the conference may gain education credits if they attend. The two, four-hour sessions are being held from 8 a.m. to noon, Alabama Live reports.

“This training is an excellent way for those in the construction and real estate industry to keep their staff and subcontractors on the leading edge of the green building marketplace. Even in a down economy, interest in green building design and construction services continues to escalate. This course will give you the tools to gain a competitive edge,” said Allan Gustin, White-Spunner Construction’s vice president, according to the news source.

Organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit across the United States, are trying to promote the development of green buildings. Conferences are being held between construction professionals, researchers, lawmakers and environmentalists and discussions are revolving around how new building practices could reduce negative environmental consequences to new construction.

For example, one agency known as the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) is helping construction professionals plan for the adoption of energy-efficient technologies and solutions. Based out of Philadelphia, the initiative was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The purpose of the organization is to promote the inclusion of eco-friendly technologies, materials and building practices in new and already existing structures.