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UF/TREEO in partnership with the Green Building Initiative is offering training to designers and construction professionals on the rapidly emerging Green Globes sustainable building rating system, together with an optional examination that can earn the attendee the designation of Green Globes Professional (GGP).
This course will train and test design and construction professionals for the purpose of acquiring the Green Globes Professional (GGP) credential. Green Globes is a sustainable building certification program that is approved by the US government and the state of Florida for certifying public sector buildings. Backed by excellent customer support, Green Globes offers a streamlined and affordable way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings.
Why Green Globes?
Even though there are similarities among Green Globes, LEED, and other sustainable building rating systems, the Green Globes system does have a number of distinct advantages. In addition to being easy to use and affordable, Green Globes encourages designers and building operators to consider the elements of sustainability early in the evaluation process. For Green Globes projects a third-party Assessor is assigned not only to evaluate the design and perform an on-site review of the project, but to serve as a resource for the project team by answering queries about certification issues. This personal interaction results in a clear and understandable certification process that is well-known for its efficiency and timely decision making. A strength of the Green Globes system is that it is written in a clear and concise manner that allows beginners as well as experienced practitioners to be fully engaged in using the system in minutes.
Why Become a Green Globes Professional (GGP)?
Green Globes has provisions for awarding points for demonstrating an integrated design process that is facilitated by a construction industry professional such as an architect, engineer, or construction manager trained in the application of Green Globes. Similar to a LEED-AP, the Green Globes Professional (GGP) ensures that greening goals are established, excellent collaboration is developed, and that the data and other information required for certification are documented. The GGP course offers the training needed to both facilitate the use of Green Globes and sit for the GGP exam. Attendees can opt to sit for the exam at the end of the course to become accredited as GGPs. The course is conducted in a highly participative and interactive manner to optimize the learning experience of the course attendees.
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Charles J. Kibert Ph.D., P.E.
Charles is Director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment at the University of Florida and a Professor in the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction. He is co-founder and President of the Cross Creek Initiative, a non-profit industry/university joint venture seeking to implement sustainability principles into construction. He was co-chair of the Curriculum and Accreditation Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and helped create the first ever student chapter of the USGBC for which he serves as faculty advisor.
His research interests include sustainable development and construction, deconstruction, environmental impacts of construction, construction and demolition (C&D) debris recycling, and construction ecology and metabolism. He organized and teaches the graduate track in Sustainable Construction at the University of Florida and continuing education courses to industry on the subject. He organized the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Construction held in Tampa, Florida (1994) and Green Building Materials ‘96 held in Gainesville, Florida (1996) and international conferences on deconstruction held in the U.K. (1998) and U.S. (1999). He organized the Workshop on Construction Ecology held at the University of Florida (1999) to deepen the understanding of ecological principles in construction. He organized Rethinking Sustainable Construction 2006, and international conference held in Sarasota, Florida. He has been a visiting professor of sustainable construction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and was a Visiting Fellow at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. (read more......)
John A. Chyz
John is Managing Director of the Cross Creek Initiative, a non-profit/university joint venture seeking to drive research initiatives and deliver practical solutions for a sustainable planet. A fundamental part of this effort is focused on the built environment which we prefer to envision as a vast array of living, breathing systems woven within the fabric of human activity.
As an Engineer, Green Globes Assessor (GGA), ASHRAE Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), John brings a comprehensive skill-set to the Cross Creek team and each individual client.
Prior to joining the Cross Creek Initiative, John was a Design Engineer and PV Contractor with Cirion Energy Systems in Austin, TX., an alternative energy company focused mainly on the installation of grid-tied photovoltaic systems for commercial and residential buildings. (read more.....)