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Posted Sep 03, 2010 7:38 am (11 years ago)

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One of our most popular real estate renewal classes is our Construction Class, instructed by Bill Washburn, who is a popular ASU professor and a licensed Arizona contractor.  

Forward-Thinking Strategies for Green Building Include the Following:
Site Selection – start by selecting a site that is close to mass transit.
Landscaping – retain as much natural landscaping features as possible and supplement, if necessary with native plants that have minimal requirements for water, pesticides and trimming.
Insulation – construct an airtight (or as near as possible to airtight) structure and use a high R-value wall system. An R-value is measurement of how much time it takes 1 BTU (British Thermal Unit) of energy to pass through a specific material. The higher the R-value, the better the insulating features of the material.
Paving Materials – use recycled paving materials for driveways, outdoor walkways and patios.
Building Shape/Orientation – design the shape of the home and orient the home on the site to take advantage of sun exposures, natural light, shade and passive heat.   Natural light not only saves energy, but has been shown to improve the occupants’ feeling of well being and energy levels.
Energy Efficient Lighting Systems – install lighting controls, such as dimmer switches and motion sensors wherever possible.
Exterior Colors - maximize light colors for roofing and exterior paint colors and install high R-value insulation in walls and ceiling. Use minimal glass on the west and east exposures.
Sustainable Construction Materials – integrate reused or recyclable products, materials with zero or low toxicity, durable products that will provide longevity, and locally produced products to conserve transportation fuel.
Dual Plumbing – design plumbing system to use recycled water or gray water (rain water) for toilet flushing, watering of indoor and outdoor plants, and other non-potable water uses.

Low-Flow Fixtures – install low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads.
Hot Water – utilize point of use hot water heating systems for locations that are long runs from the water heater or use re-circulating waterlines for centralized hot water systems.
Air Quality – design the structure with adequate ventilation and proper filtration on heating and cooling systems. 

Bill Washburn's construction class is entitled "Build a House" and is approved for 3 hours of general credit through the Arizona Department of Real Estate.  Enroll now in this Arizona real estate class now.