Green Home Design & Details (online)

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This online workshop will help you make the leap from standard market-driven construction to a quality "green" home. We will discuss site design, building envelope design, climatic design, durable construction detailing, energy-efficiency, passive and active solar strategies, resource efficient material choices, indoor air quality, high performance building systems, heating and cooling equipment, sustainable forestry, and the ineffability of day-light and beauty. This course covers a range of topics that inform the design of a healthy, delightful, green home.

Informed by over 35 years of experience building and teaching, this course uses a "flipped classroom" model, so the class time is devoted to discussion and questions related to student's projects. Pre-recorded lectures will be available for prior viewing and class discussions will be far-ranging. It is anticipated that students will come prepared to fully engage with the material they've reviewed in advance. Students get the most out of this course if they have their own project to which they can relate the course material and ask questions in discussion. 

Green Home Design & Details is for home owners and those planning a new home or addition who want to refine their goals for energy efficiency and sustainable resource use. This course is also useful for professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of green design and construction.


This course will run on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00PM Eastern Daylight Time from September 7 to September 28 for a total of four (4) 2-hour sessions.


Online, Whole Structure Design/Build


All levels


  • Sterling College: 1 Continuing Education Unit ($130 additional)

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