Green Building Technology
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Program Description

The Green Building Technology Certificate Program courses will highlight building construction methods that include: conservation techniques, environmental awareness in material reuse and energy efficient mechanical systems.

Greening the building sector can be accomplished with existing technology that typically offers an outstanding return on investment. The energy efficiency sector encompasses a wide range of activities including: green building design and construction; renovation and retrofitting of existing buildings; energy management and the manufacturing of products needed for these activities.

In the Green Building Technology Certificate Program, students will utilize new technologies for installation of structural building components, HVAC systems and plumbing systems. The students will also utilize the newest technology for hands-on systems testing of buildings and their mechanical systems. Related elements of the program will provide student lab stations that will consider both HVAC system efficiency and water consumption and conservation, as well as the latest technology for domestic hot water systems.

Some of the educational principles for the green HVAC systems and plumbing systems laboratory courses include: energy consumptions of systems; conservation of water resources; HVAC operations and installation methods; systems design and load calculations; building analysis; systems troubleshooting; and new technology and materials.

The final program element will involve sustainable construction methods for new and existing structures that use both sustainable green materials and recycled materials. These buildings used as training sites will require a holistic building analysis to provide documentation for the Energy Star standard.

All of the program courses would be based on the five main categories of the LEED Green Building Certification: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

Degree: Certificate
Hegis: 5317
Curriculum Code: 2190
Campus Location: City
Engineering and Technologies Division

Available at:

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
Level B Math or MT 006 level
Passed an electrical course equivalent to BM 140 Electrical Systems I

Recommended H.S. Courses And/Or Experiences:
General knowledge of environmetal science
Building trades experience preferred


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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