Course Objective: The overall goals of the Green 200: The Science of Green Building course are to:
  • Familiarize students with green principles and choices in home design and construction
  • Raise awareness of innovative materials, systems, and construction methods
  • Learn about energy-efficient systems including onsite power generation
  • Distinguish levels and cost-benefits of retrofitting, remodeling, or renovating existing homes.
Upon completion of two of the three required courses and successfully passing the exam for each, you will have achieved GREEN candidate status, a one-year period during which you must fulfill the educational and experiential requirements to earn NAR’s Green Designation awarded by the Green REsource Council. 200.1 Green Home Design
  • Describe considerations in site and design selections Follow the sequence of steps in green home design and the selection of materials and systems Suggest methods and find sources for managing construction waste
200.2 Green Home Construction – the Building Envelope
  • Identify components of the building envelope Learn about innovative building technologies and materials
200.3 Green Home Construction – Systems
  • Recognize types of green systems for homes
  • Communicate the pros and cons and interrelationships of interior systems
  • Guide consumers to information about incentives for green homes
200.4 Power Off the Grid
  • Communicate the pros and cons of generating your own energy
  • Discuss the technologies and methods for on-site power generation including wind and solar power
200.5 Greening Existing Homes
  • Explain the benefits of retrofits for existing homes
  • Evaluate cost-benefit balance of retrofitting, remodeling, renovating
Course Credits: The second of three required courses for the NAR’s Green Designation.
  • Counts as one REBAC elective course to be applied towards the ABR® Designation
  • Counts for 16 credits toward the CRS Designation
  • Counts as credit toward the RSPS Certification
Alex Coba

Communications Associate

As a proud California native from Stockton, Alex brings a wealth of experience and a versatile skill set. He has a solid communication background with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University, Chico. Alex is adept at strategic communications and media relations, with experience gathering and sharing stories from his local communities that uplift the unique spirit and values of those places. He is excited to join Build It Green, where he can apply his talents to further BIG’s mission to help communities across California thrive.