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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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ASHRAE self-directed learning courses
Abstract: Self-directed learning courses offer you access to well-designed course material without leaving your home or office. This course format also allows you to review and study the material at your own pace and provides exercises that enable you to evaluate how well you are learning the material. Self-Directed Learning offers the practicing professional a convenient and flexible approach to continuing education in the HVAC&R field.
ASHRAE Student learning resources
Abstract: This site offers a list of links to engineering educational resources for a variety of student skill levels.
Source: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
BEES - Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability
Abstract: BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the life-cycle assessment approach specified in ISO 14000 standards. All stages in the life of a product are analyzed: raw material acquisition, manufacture, transportation, installation, use, and recycling and waste management. Economic performance is measured using the ASTM standard life-cycle cost method, which covers the costs of initial investment, replacement, operation, maintenance and repair, and disposal. Environmental and economic performance are combined into an overall performance measure using the ASTM standard for Multi-Attribute Decision Analysis.
Source: Office of Applied Economics; National Institute of Standards and Technology
Bismarck State College Sustainable Project Overview
Abstract: The Energy Office wanted to include sustainable design into the curriculum at Bismark State College (BSC), as the students are the state's future home builders. BSC looked at the opportunity to incorporate sustainable design into the curriculum while using sustainable building techniques and products.
Building Blocks of Leadership: A Professional Development Program in Construction Management Education
Abstract: Educators in construction engineering and management programs are tasked with the preparation of the next generation of construction project managers. An effort is made to prepare students technically so that they can make immediate contributions to construction organizations. It is also vital, however, to develop the skills and traits that will allow students to eventually assume leadership roles in these organizations.
Source: Penn State University
Clean and renewable energy basics
Abstract: An extremely comprehensive portal to curriculum materials about the state of the art research being done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Department of Energy. This portal covers virtually every type of renewable energy being researched. Appropriate materials for every level.
Source: National Renewable Energy Lab
Continuing Adult Education and Training in Energy
Abstract: This site features resources on continuing adult education and vocational training opportunities in energy, including classes for homeowners interested in renewable energy systems and in building energy-efficient homes.
Source: US Department of Energy
Earthcraft House Scoring Worksheets
Abstract: These worksheets can serve as a point of discussion as to what should be considered for a high performance home.
Energy Lesson Plans
Abstract: There are tremendous resources here for higher education, as well as K - 12.Here you'll find information for lesson plans, curriculum, and educational materials for teaching students about energy, particularly energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Source: Department of Energy
Environmental Impact Estimator
Abstract: Allows users to do life cycle assessments (LCA) for conceptual designs of new buildings or renovations to existing buildings. The tool incorporates the Institute?s life cycle inventory databases covering more than 90 structural and envelope materials and can simulate over 1,000 assembly combinations. The software is for sale but a free demo version is available.
Source: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
EPA Teaching Center
Abstract: This is EPA's teaching site. It is a portal to a plethora of teaching tools, publications, other links, awards, grants, conferences, students jobs and other related information.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
Green Lifestyle Scorecard [PDF]
Abstract: This fun exercise is meant to empower you with recognition for the environmental choices you have already made and to give you a nudge to make more good choices.
Source: New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association
Green River Community College: Carpentry Technology Program
Abstract: The focus of Green River’s Carpentry Technology Program is to train you to become employed in the field of carpentry.
Source: Green River Community College
Housing Zone University
Abstract: This site features access to courses that range from Construction 101 to specific aspects of building and job site management.
Source: Housing Zone
NAHB Model Green Home Building
Abstract: This publication contains guidance for builders engaged in or interested in green building products and practices for residential design, development and construction. This publication is not intended to be exhaustive and all-inclusive and the enclosed guidelines are not to be considered the only method of green building. These guidelines for green building originate from the collective experience of leading personnel in the green building movement (marketplace), but must, due to the nature of the responsibilities involved, be presented only as a guide for the use of a qualified developer, builder, remodeler, or design professional.
Source: National Association of Home Builders
National Institute of Building Sciences
Abstract: This site is the building community's connection to the authoritative national source of knowledge and advice on matters of building regulation, science and technology. One of its major programs - and there are many - is the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences
Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence
Abstract: An outreach program of Penn State University and industry, the site promotes integrating teaching, research, and service to the Building Industry
Source: Penn State University, faculty, and the building industry
Partnership for Environmental Technology Education
Abstract: The Partnership for Envirnmental Technology and Education (PETE) interacts with both schools and industries. Its Resources for Teaching is a dependable bridge for materials that can help teachers and students not only learn more about technology education resources, including construction and renewable energy, but its network helps assure that students are properly prepared for a changing job market after school.
Source: Partnership for Environmental Technology Education
PATH Technology Inventory Index
Abstract: The technology inventory is a large compilation of new and proven resource efficient building technologies available to home builders.
Source: The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing
Residential Construction Topic Hub
Abstract: This topic hub introduces the importance of resource efficient construction or green building practices for builders, designers, architects and pollution prevention assistance providers. Nearly one hundred and fifty links direct users to some of the best information relating to green design, marketing, products, affordability, indoor air quality and related topics.
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center
Sample Carpentry Curriculum
Abstract: An overview of courses, competencies, and hours necessary to receive a carpentry degree at Utah College of Applied Technology.
Source: Utah College of Applied Technology
State Energy Codes
Abstract: State contacts, current code status, code history, and construction data are located in the state energy codes database.
Source: Department of Energy
Sustainable Housing at Pine Ridge Reservation
Abstract: The Pine Ridge Reservation, located in rural South Dakota is plagued with deteriorating infrastructure, poverty, lack of local employment, and high utility bills. Many of the residents, the Oglala Lakota Nation, live in mobile homes or substandard housing and spend nearly 25% of their income on utilities. Few people on the reservation have the resources or construction knowledge to improve their current residences or building energy-efficient, culturally appropriate houses. Ina Maka O Tipi (Living with Mother Earth), a new alliance of organizations, universities, and reservation residents, is committed to improving the living conditions on the Pine Ridge Reservation. As part of a long-term commitment toward a more sustainable reservation, Ina Maka O Tipi and a multidisciplinary group of students will collaborate on a design project focused on sustainable housing. Students and faculty at Colorado State University (CSU) have formed a special 2004-2005 course that will involve interaction with Oglala Lakota College students and other residents from Pine Ridge.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
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