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Training and Education for Green Construction in the U.S.

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Construction Session 1: Sustainable Practices

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Min Jae Suh Sam Houston State University

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University.
Ph.D. from Virginia Tech
M.S. from Stanford University
B.S. from Yeungnam University in South Korea

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Annie R Pearce Virginia Tech Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Annie Pearce is an Associate Professor in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech specializing in sustainable facilities and infrastructure systems. Throughout her career, Annie has worked with practitioners in both public and private sectors to implement sustainability as part of building planning, design, construction, and operations. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Annie brings the latest in green building methods, technologies, and best practices to the classroom. Her specific areas of interest include metrics of sustainability for built facilities, green building materials and systems, cost modeling to support sustainability implementation, and in situ performance of sustainable facility technologies.

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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Faruk Yildiz is currently an Associate Professor of
Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University.
His primary teaching areas are in Electronics,
Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Alternative Energy Systems. Research interests include: low power energy
harvesting systems, renewable energy technologies
and education.

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Myung Hwa Jeon POSCO A&C

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The construction industry is rapidly becoming convinced of the benefits to be gained by introducing green building design and planning technologies and strategies that affect the green building operation and maintenance processes during the post-occupancy phase. Innovative green construction technologies are also receiving considerable attention in the construction industry as a way to ensure that projects will not only conserve the local environmental conditions and natural resources but also help those living and working in and around the new building to maintain high quality and healthy lifestyles over the long-term. As a consequence, various private or public organizations are now employing these approaches and investing research and development funds in efforts to develop new green construction technologies. However, the importance of raising the awareness and consciousness of construction stakeholders about the benefits of green construction through training and education has not yet percolated through to all the construction stakeholders in private or public organizations. Hence, this research was conducted to inventory the current state of practice for training and professional education in green construction in the U.S. and to develop a set of guidelines recommending appropriate contents for green construction training and education programs based on a survey and on-site interviews with education and training experts from major nationwide construction companies, along with a comprehensive literature review. Our findings revealed that only a limited number of professional construction companies and third party education providers offer, and operate green construction training and education programs specifically designed for construction stakeholders participating in green construction projects as either in-house or outsourced training. In addition, the education and training experts interviewed suggested a number of topics that they considered essential for green construction training and education, as well as an optimal operation strategy for delivering an effective green construction education and training curriculum for construction stakeholders in green construction projects.

Suh, M. J., & Pearce, A. R., & Yildiz, F., & Jeon, M. H. (2016, June), Training and Education for Green Construction in the U.S. Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27070

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