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Sustainable Design

17-481-1 Technical Certificate
Campus: Online


The Sustainable Design certificate is offered online and provides applicants a wealth of education in sustainable building design. Whether the student is interested in building design, building construction, or just wanting to gain a working knowledge about the topic, the courses will apply. Students will learn about sustainable structures, renewable energy sources, types of energy systems, methods of construction, and alternative energy uses for both residential and commercial buildings. Students will learn how to reduce their personal carbon footprint; conserve natural resources; calculate energy loads for buildings; and design smart, high performance buildings from an ecological standpoint. Building systems will be looked at starting from site orientation and location, moving on to the building’s heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems. The certificate holder will have a solid knowledge about the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating system and other common rating systems as they relate to sustainable "green" building design.

Special Features

All of the courses will be offered online.

Student Profile

Students in this certificate should:

Preparation for Admission

Students should strive to reach a comfort level in the following courses or skills:


Employers will expect graduates of this certificate to be able to:

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