Learn About Green Insulation and Earn CEUs Online

Bonded Logic, manufacturer of UltraTouch recycled blue jean insulation, has a new continuing education article which was published in the September/October issue of Greensource and can be found online. The article, “Green Insulation: Specifying a Smarter Solution”, explains how to select the best insulation choice from a growing number of more sustainable products and systems. After reading this article you will be able to:
-Differentiate between traditional and emerging insulation materials, trends, and uses.
-Examine and recognize the different ways that insulation addresses energy losses in a building envelope.
-Analyze and assess multiple other qualities of insulation that can contribute to green and sustainable building design.
-Identify manufacturing qualities that make the installation of thermal insulation more efficient.
This course provides 1.00 HSW/SD credit and was approved by the USGBC for 1 GBCI CE hour(s) for LEED Credential Maintenance.
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Understanding Green Building Materials, Authored by CaraGreen Leadership, Now Available

CaraGreen is celebrating the release of Understanding Green Building Materials, a book written by our very own Stacy Glass and Jessica McNaughton, along with Traci Rose Rider of Trace Collaborative. The primer, now available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, explains green building products - what they are and how to choose them. From eco-friendly sheetrock to sustainable paint finishes, the green building movement is expanding. But with new products, manufacturers, and standards being introduced routinely, how are architects or designers to know what's best for their projects? This book summarizes what is available and the considerations for selecting sustainable materials.
Purchase hard copies now through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  The electronic version will be released in the next month on Amazon.

Stacy Glass Understanding Green Building Materials

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CaraGreen Now Offering Education on Labels and Certifications

CaraGreen has added a new lunch and learn to our list of educational offerings. The course titled How to Assess Materials Sustainable Attributes – Breaking Down Labels and Certifications, provides 1 AIA CES HSW credit. As more sustainable materials are introduced to the market, it becomes increasingly difficult to figure out how to compare products. This course on Labels and Certifications helps clarify which products can meet your project requirements and how you can distinguish truly sustainable features from invalidated claims. The course considers the best techniques for assessing product sustainability based on a single attribute or considering a product’s full life cycle.  We will simplify the process of determining what makes a product sustainable and why.  Learning objectives include:

-Define the connection between Buildings, Interiors and Material Selection
-Learn Health, Environmental and Social Impacts of Material Selection
-Examine what makes a good label or certification program
-Identify which sustainable materials meet your project needs today

Other CaraGreen course offerings currently include: Building Materials for Sustainable Interiors, Life Cycle Analysis Tools and Evaluation Methods for Sustainable Interiors, Sustainable Surfacing Materials, and Bamboo Flooring & Plywood in a Sustainable Design Environment

For more information on having CaraGreen present at your firm, contact Lisa.

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Stacy Glass from Caragreen to Present for the AIA NC November 10th

On November 10th, the AIA will be offering 3 Continuing Education Seminars on one day in Raleigh, NC:
-Building Materials for Sustainable Interiors (updated for LEED 2009) and Life Cycle Assessment
-The Business and Professional Risks of Integrated Project Delivery
-Don't Let Green Design Cause Red Ink

Stacy Glass from Caragreen will be presenting the Building Materials for Sustainable Interiors and Life Cycle Assessment course from 10AM to 12PM for 2 HSW-SD CEUs.

Course Summary:

Once energy and water efficiencies have been achieved in a project, attention turns to the interior finishes.  Carefully considering material selection can help optimize LEED credits in the areas of Materials & Reuse as well as Indoor Environmental Quality and may make the difference between silver and gold or gold and platinum ratings.  Even more importantly, careful material section can help to engage tenants in the sustainable intents of the building.  This course will examine what material credits are available in LEED-NC and how to choose the right interior products to optimize LEED credits.  This course considers a range of new materials being used for building products, including rapidly renewable,  high recycled content, local, reclaimed and reused building products available for architects to specify in new projects focused on sustainable design.  Actual product samples will be demonstrated.

AND....With so many options and ‘green’ messages in the marketplace, how do you know what is really green and what is green washed?  This course is designed to provide architects and designers with a toolkit of options to truly evaluate the sustainability of interior products based on Life Cycle Analysis.  Several existing tools are considered, including BEES 4.0, Pharos lens and many of the certification bodies that evaluate green products including SCAQMD, GreenSpec, GreenSeal, GreenGuard and others.  Participants are provided with guidelines for evaluating products, an interview guide to truly assess sustainability, and a listing of resources to assist in Life Cycle Analysis of interior building products.

Stacy Glass, President at CaraGreen, has her BA from the University of Minnesota and MBA from Duke University. Stacy has worked on an international level developing and executing start-up strategies for businesses and social enterprises, as well as contributing to rapid growth and expansion by developing new markets and managing multi-million dollar projects.

Register HERE prior to November 6th.

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CaraGreen Now Offers IDCEC Approved Continuing Education Course

CaraGreen now offers a course that is accredited through the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC). Interior Designers that take the course are elgible for Continuing Education Units. 

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