Greening of Competency Models
Understand scientific principles critical to the construction profession: physics,
, geology and environmental science, hydraulics, hydrology, & engineering.
regulations and building codes
, and apply industry standards to ensure quality work.
Be aware of and comply with governmental regulations, local and state building codes, contract provisions, and construction standards.
Recognize and abate all types of environmental hazards.
, and interpret data from air sampling equipment.
Set up and maintain decontamination systems.
Remove, package, dispose of, and document hazardous materials.
Take steps to prevent/control wind or water erosion in land development and construction.
Obtain relevant permits when work will impact wetlands and take steps to minimize negative impact.
Recognize and mitigate safety hazards including hazardous materials, environmental hazards, and accident conditions at any type of construction site.
Demonstrate knowledge of hazardous properties
of materials such as radiation
, toxicity, flammability, reactivity, corrosivity, and limits of fire resistance exposure.
Use Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
information to manage
, use, and dispose of hazardous materials.
Exhibit basic understanding of flows of heat, air, and moisture through the home and various methods used to control them.
Understand what is meant by “the house as a system” as it relates to the evaluation of prospective remodeling projects.
Have a working knowledge of the environment’s impact on the home and its occupants.
Describe the process of “testing in/testing out” as it relates to building science and remodeling projects.
Recognize and research green building trends in the residential construction industry including use of new materials, technologies, and processes.
Understand the growth and impact of green building practices.
Explain the environmental and economic benefits of green building practices.
Incorporate new methods and materials into design and construction of residential buildings.
Meet requirements to verify that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.
Select sites well suited to take advantage of mass transit when possible.
Protect and retain existing landscaping and natural features.
Select plants that have low water and pesticide needs.
Use compost and mulches.
Perform home energy audits to determine the energy efficiency of a structure.
Develop strategies to provide or increase natural lighting.
Select sustainable construction materials and products.
Minimize wastewater by using water conserving fixtures.
Follow waste management plans per contract requirements.
Minimize construction waste and demolition debris.
Understand waste management terminology including:
, demolition debris, land clearing debris, disposal,
, salvage, reuse, deconstruction, commingled, source separation.
Reuse or recycle materials, e.g.:
, masonry scrap, metals, clean wood, plastics,
, un-tempered glass, carpet and carpet pad, ceiling tiles, plumbing
fixtures and equipment
, lighting fixtures and electrical components, cardboard packaging.
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