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New Programs in Sustainable Design

Published on April 19th, 2011

The Construction Institute, University of Hartford has announced three new certificates in Sustainable Design and Construction for its Spring 2011 semester. They were developed by Centerbrook.
The certificates target different constituencies of the building industry: design and construction; ownership, development and operations; and corporate and institutional campuses.

While the focus of each of the certificates is varied, all segments of the building industry – owners, facility operators, design professionals, contractors, construction managers, educators, and community leaders – will benefit from the workshops that are being offered.

“The workshops identify sustainability tools and explore how green strategies can be applied to a wide range of project types, everything from new construction and renovations to small houses and large academic buildings,” said James A. Coan, Director of Architectural Practice and Building Science at Centerbrook and the author of the new Certificate Programs. Coan is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited. He was Project Manager of the Centerbrook team that worked with Hopkins Architects on Kroon Hall, the new LEED Platinum home of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Participants earn a certificate by completing seven workshops in one of three programs and attending a general colloquium on Sustainable Design and the Building Project. Core courses and electives are offered in each program. Participants will be required to choose two of the four Core Workshop Requirements and select five Electives – three from the selected program and two from any program.

A unique feature of these certificate programs is the “Colloquium on Sustainable Design and the Building Project” which everyone in all three certificates must attend. This session brings together experienced building professionals from all facets of a project’s development that have successfully completed highly sustainable and LEED certified projects. Participants learn how decisions on sustainability and LEED are made, implemented, and certified.

Knowledge of LEED rating and credentialing are not required. These programs are not intended as a substitute for exam preparation training in anticipation of taking the Green Associate or LEED AP credentialing examinations.

For details on these certificates, workshops and schedules, contact Basia Pontello at the University of Hartford’s Center for Professional Development at (860) 768-5626.