REGREEN: Materials Selection and the Specification Process
Length: 1 hour
Course Code: CEU-102982
Creating and communicating unambiguous design and materials specifications is a vital step in ensuring that a project achieves established health and environmental goals and objectives. The research and specification process is not only scripting the appropriate installation of tile (for example), but also vetting the underlayment, adhesives, grout, and sealant that “first, do no harm.” This course expands upon the strategies found in the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines© and delves into the details of the designer’s role in creating effective design and materials directives. By the end of this course, participants will be able to assess the health and environmental impact of materials using third-party certifications; select durable, non-toxic building materials, furniture, and finishes that contribute to healthy IAQ; specify lighting, appliances, plumbing fixtures, and equipment that maximize energy and water efficiency and ensure healthy IEQ and thermal comfort; write comprehensive and detailed specifications to unequivocally communicate design intent and materials selection; and customize interactions with every team member, subcontractor, and trade according to their communication style and preferences. This 200-level course is part of the curriculum for the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program.
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