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Remodeling Gets Greener with New REGREEN e-Courses from ASID and USGBC

Published year: 
2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ASID and USGBC unveil REGREEN e-learning courses to increase educational resources for sustainable residential renovation projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2009) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced four new REGREEN e-learning courses. The first in a larger series of online self-paced courses that supplements the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines, each 2 hour course provides interior design professionals, contractors and others working in the built environment with in-depth instructions, best practices and guidelines for sustainable renovation projects.

“REGREEN has been guiding people through sustainable renovation projects since its inception in 2008 and these e-learning courses will drastically increase REGREEN’s reach,” said Thom Banks, Hon. FASID, deputy executive director for ASID. “One day all renovations will be sustainable, and ASID is proud to be working with USGBC to create the educational opportunities to make this happen.”

“These new courses will be a highly valuable resource to both consumers and design professionals,” said Jennifer Owens, USGBC manager of residential education. “As the interest in green residential retrofits continues to grow, the REGREEN program will continue to be the benchmark for home remodeling energy and resource efficiency. Participants in these courses will gain comprehensive understanding of the program and learn how green remodeling contributes to the greater environmental good.”

The four new e-learning courses, available for purchase on demand at www.asiduni.org for $39.99 each for ASID and USGBC members or $59.99 for non-members, are:

REGREEN: A Bath Remodel

This course explores specific REGREEN bath renovation strategies as described in a case study and identifies best practices to incorporate into future bath remodeling projects. By the end of this course participants will be able to describe the key elements in a green bath renovation and to explain the benefits of green bath remodeling to clients.       

REGREEN: A Deep Energy Retrofit

This course explores specific strategies for maximizing energy efficiency as described in a case study and describes tactics to incorporate into future green residential remodeling projects. By the end of this course participants will be able to explain the key elements in deep energy retrofits and to articulate their benefits to clients.

REGREEN: A Guide for REGREEN Remodeling Projects

Green remodeling is the design and construction of projects that reduce the environmental impacts of remodeling. By the end of this course participants will be able to explain the market demand for green remodeling, describe the way the REGREEN Guidelines can be accessed, and select appropriate strategies for applying REGREEN guidelines to their next remodeling project.

REGREEN: A Kitchen Remodel

This course explores kitchen renovation strategies as described in a case study and identifies tactics to incorporate into future kitchen remodeling projects. By the end of this course participants will be able to explain the key elements in a green kitchen renovation and will be able to articulate the benefits of green kitchen remodeling to clients. 

More information about REGREEN can be found at www.regreenprogram.org.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.  www.asid.org

About USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 14,500 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the cutting-edge Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 72 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups.  For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

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