Greening of Competency Models

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  • Understand scientific principles critical to the construction profession: physics, chemistry, geology and environmental science, hydraulics, hydrology, & engineering.

  • Comply with 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.

  • Operate, maintain, 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: construction waste, demolition debris, land clearing debris, disposal, recycling, salvage, reuse, deconstruction, commingled, source separation.

  • Reuse or recycle materials, e.g.: concrete, masonry scrap, metals, clean wood, plastics, insulation material, un-tempered glass, carpet and carpet pad, ceiling tiles, plumbing fixtures and equipment, lighting fixtures and electrical components, cardboard packaging.

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