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Green Building – A Systems Approach
An overview of green building. In this course, we will explore all aspects of green building including site selection, site protection, green building materials, energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, rain catchment, capturing and utilizing waste water, advanced framing, recycling and reusing waste from building sites, indoor air quality, site reclamation, the costs of green building, and sustainable communities. We will spend a part of each day designing green homes and green communities.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 19 – September 21, 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Residential Renewable Energy
An introduction to energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies used to power a home or small business, lower carbon emissions, create a greener lifestyle, and reduce energy bills. We will discuss passive solar heating and cooling, solar electricity, solar hot water systems, small-scale wind energy, geothermal, and microhydro. We will also explore the economics of residential and small-business renewable energy and explore creative ways to make renewable energy affordable in new and existing homes. This course is for homeowners, builders, developers, and architectural students.
Fri, Sat, October 25 – October 26, 09:00 am-05:00 pm
Passive Solar Design
An in-depth and hands-on exploration of passive solar heating and passive cooling for homes and businesses. We will explore the principles of passive design; practical implications of design principles; integrated design; building materials well suited to passive solar; maintenance of air quality in air-tight, energy-efficient homes; thermal mass requirements; proper glazing; window options; energy-efficient backup heating and cooling systems; computer software to analyze energy performance of homes during the design phase; and common errors of passive design and ways to avoid these costly mistakes. We will spend a considerable amount of time designing homes and analyzing energy performance using computer software. It is recommended that students bring their own laptop is possible.
Fri, Sat, December 6 – December 7, 09:00 am-05:00 pm
To learn more or sign up go to: the University of Colorado’s Continuing Education page.