January 31, 2008 / Issue No. 1-08
 
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Water
EPA Fast Tracks Rule To Set Limits on Sediment in Construction Runoff
AGC Joins Coalition in Comments to U.S. EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wetlands Jurisdictional Guidance
New Energy Law Includes Stormwater Standard for Federal Development Projects
EPA Announces Several New Resources for Stormwater Professionals
Air
AGC Comments on Last-Minute Changes to Californiaís Off-road Diesel Rules
AGC Weighs in on Green House Gas Provision in Energy Bill, Wins Short-Term Safeguard
EPA Announces Webcast on 2008 Diesel Retrofit Funding Opportunities
Chemicals
New Rule Regulates Chemical Storage Facilities and Operators
News & Events
Donít Miss the Unveiling of AGCís New LEED Course for Contractors at 2008 Annual Convention; Registration Reopened
AGC Environmental Network Steering Committee To Meet at 2008 Annual Convention; All Attendees Welcome
AGC Audio Conference Planned to Provide Contractors with the Basics of Green Construction
Complete Recordings from AGCís 2007 Environmental Audio Conferences Now Available
AGC-EPA Interface
Environmental Performance Metrics for Construction

  Donít Miss the Unveiling of AGCís New LEED Course for Contractors at 2008 Annual Convention; Registration Reopened
AGC is now accepting additional registrations for the debut of its new course on the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. After selling out at its previous limit of 40 registrants, AGC has decided to expand the audience for the first appearance of its new LEED course to accommodate 90 registrants. The full-day course will kick off at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 9th, in advance of the 2008 AGC Annual Convention.

More and more project owners are seeking LEED-NC certification for their buildings. This full-day course, Building to LEED®-NC, provides an overview of the rating system with a focus on the means and methods of construction. Attendees will gain a more complete understanding of their role on a LEED-NC project — helping them remain competitive in an increasingly green market.

Convention attendees can register by “checking the box” for this special event on the Convention registration form. To register and for more information on the AGC Annual Convention, go to http://www.agc.org/2008convention.

Attendees will learn about all of the prerequisites and credits within the six LEED-NC categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design Process. Attendees will also learn which credits have major, moderate, or some impact on construction practices. The course details the ways those credits with a major impact will affect —

  • Estimating decisions and project cost,
  • Scheduling activities, durations and logic,
  • Project administration and documentation,
  • Contracts and agreements, and
  • Field operations and subcontractor management.

Building to LEED®-NC will benefit individuals in the construction industry (general contractors, construction managers, and higher-tier subcontractors) currently working on, or planning to work on, LEED-NC projects. It will be especially helpful for those preparing to use the rating system for the first time.

This course relies on a highly participatory learning environment including classroom presentations, in-class exercises, and instructor-led discussions.

Following the Debut

AGC developed this course as a standard curriculum for AGC Chapters and other organizations to use when delivering local educational programs for contractors on the LEED rating system.

AGC is planning train-the-trainer programs to ensure that AGC Chapters have access to a group of qualified course instructors. AGC will choose instructors with both LEED-NC and construction experience. If you are interested in teaching future courses, please contact AGC’s Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org or (703) 837-5415.

Acknowledgments

AGC based this course on the results of research conducted by the Construction Management Program at Michigan State University, which was funded by the AGC Education and Research Foundation through the Klinger Award.

For more information on green construction, contact AGC’s Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org or (703) 837-5415. [ return to top ]