Two leading advocates of sustainable building—the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Building Initiative—recently approved course materials created by the Carpenters International Training Fund (CITF) that complement the training offered to UBC members.
Awareness: Green Building, a manual for Carpenters Union members, was published last year. The information supplements intensive craft-skills training with an overview of the green building philosophy and how it is changing the construction industry.
“The skills of our members are easily transferrable to a green jobsite,” said Bill Irwin, CITF executive director. “The Awareness: Green Building manual is intended to provide a bigger picture of the sustainable building philosophy.”
The manual covers a broad array of topics, including components of green building, maintaining indoor environmental quality, jobsite waste reduction, and an overview of government regulation. It is used in a six-hour course available for use at any of the union’s
250-plus training centers across the United States and Canada.
USGBC Developed Popular LEED Specs
The USGBC developed the LEED green building certification system. The council also recognizes third-party education providers whose materials have passed a rigorous review. The USGBC approved the Awareness: Green Building training, designated the Carpenters International Training Fund as a USGBC Education Provider and lists the manual as a course in its curriculum guide.
The UBC materials are now accredited for use in continuing education of LEED-credentialed professionals in the United States and Canada. The accredited materials provide one credit toward LEED professional accreditation.
The manual also was submitted to Green Building Initiative, which reviewed and endorsed the material.