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305 Building Green Buildings: The Contractors Perspective

Class Syllabus

Learning Objectives
Class Organization and Grading
Grading Policies
The Textbook

Introduction -- $490 for Members, $535 for Non-Members

The purpose of this course is to provide construction professionals with information that will help them to effectively bid, contract, build and close out green building projects.  We will explore the green building process from the contractor's and subcontractor's point of view. 

Each class is 10 weeks and on average a student can expect to spend 3-5 hours per class.


Learning objectives:

By the end of this class you should:
  • Know how green building impacts material and equipment procurement
  • Understand how construction scheduling and sequencing is impacted by green building
  • Be familiar with the risks imposed by green construction
  • Know how to reduce the risks of green construction
  • Know how to find green construction impact information in the specifications and contract
  • Be able to evaluate subcontractors and material suppliers for green projects
  • Understand the construction delivery methods associated with green projects
  • Understand green procurement and the contractors responsibilities for same
  • Know how green building will impact the construction processes
  • Understand green project close-out and commissioning
  • Know how to work with an outside commissioning authority to complete the job


Class Organization and Grading

The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.


Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1. Green Construction and the Contractor 25 1
2. Elements of Green Construction 25 2
3. Understanding Green Project Requirements 25 3
4. Contracting for Green Construction 25 4
5. Managing Green Design 25 5
6.Green Subcontracting 25 6
7.Green Procurement 25 7
8. Constructing a Green Project 25 8
9. Green project Commissioning and Closeout 25 9
9b.Writing Assignment (300 to 500 wds) 50 9
10. Trade Seminar 25 10
Total Points


It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind.   Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week.  Class work must be completed before the following Monday.  Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance.   Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in advance on the course calendar.


Grading Policies

Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at least two class discussions.   Each quiz will count 10 points and class discussions will count 15 points per module.  You can see that I consider class discussions to be a very important part of this course.   For that reason,  the regular weekly discussions are even more important than the weekly quizzes.  Students should provide at least 4 on-topic contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum points.

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis.  You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.

Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the total number of points you have accumulated on quizzes and assignments.   The grading scale is as follows:

  • A  300 to 270 points

  • B  240 to 269 points

  • C  210 to 239 points

  • D 180 to 209

  • Anything less will be considered either failure (F) or an unauthorized withdrawal from the course.

You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.


The Textbook- (included with purchase of class)

You can find detailed textbook information at


WITHDRAWAL POLICY: You may withdraw from a course by sending an email to  Non-attendance or notifying the instructor does not constitute officially dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who stop attending courses without officially dropping will receive a grade of U (unauthorized withdrawal) in the class. Refunds are not automatic. NO refunds are due unless the course is officially dropped within stated guidelines in the refund schedule. Please type your name in the text box agreeing to the withdrawal policy.


Refund Schedule

a. Withdrawal postmarked at least one working day before the first day of class – total fee less a $20 handling fee.

b. Refund requests postmarked on or after the first day and no later than two weeks after the first day of class will be refunded 65% of the fee, after which time there is no refund.



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