Certified Green Professionals in Demand

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The NAHB rolled out its Certified Green Professional ("CGP") program earlier this year and already 1,000 builders, remodelers, and other members of the home building industry have earned the CGP educational designation.  Potential CGPs must complete 24 hours of classroom training, of which, 16 hours must be qualified green building instruction.  In addition, potential CGPs must have two years industry experience, sign a code of ethics, and commit to fulfilling continuing education requirements.

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The educational designation is a major aspect of the NAHB’s National Green Building Program

Speaking of the program, NAHB President Sandy Dunn said, "Home owners and home buyers are demanding more green products and features in their homes, and the building industry wants to meet that demand. That’s how this market works … the CGP designation is a sign of professional commitment.  These 1,000 are ready, and I can guarantee there are hundreds more just waiting to join their ranks."

Other green building educational certifications include LEED Professional Accreditation ("LEED AP") and Cascadia GBC’s Living Building Leader Program, which requires LEED AP as a basis for its certification.

Via Environmental Leader + NAHB.


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  • Josh

    LEED AP is not difficult and not an indication of knowledge or skill.

    Living Building Leader is good stuff!

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Can’t say I agree or disagree with you on the LEED AP statement, but I am studying for the exam myself. I do think LEED AP is an indication of acquired knowledge of the USGBC’s certification system and sustainability (generally), but maybe not necessarily of skills. Which is probably why the USGBC is rumored to be proposing a separation of practitioners and non-practitioners.

      • Josh Stack

        I definitely agree that LEED AP course covers the specific LEED rating system that it is focused upon. But I really disagree that LEED really teaches about “sustainability” or “green building”…it teaches LEED’s version of green building, which scientists are showing isn’t really sustainable, using the commonly-accepted definition of ‘sustain.’ A world of LEED Platinum buildings is still an Earth destroyed. Just a little more slowly.

        The true value of LEED to me (and this value is immense) is in changing the information flows in the built environment, to create a new awareness of things like externalities, true costs, etc…

        But LEED itself is just a tool, not a system of sustainability.

        But there’s good news in that the USGBC is open to reevaluation (given the constraints of any organization that evolves to become less dynamic and able to change)…its decision about performance-based standards for wood products to replace the FSC certification and its Regionalization efforts are good examples. That said, it seems these days when environmental organizations hit a certain critical mass, with too much energy in organizational structure, they are less able to adapt to the ecological and other realities.

        And LEED Accredited Professionals are not professionals. And nevermind that it is professionals destroying the world anyway! :)

        For trainings, I’d highly recommend the Living Building Leader series. It’s good stuff.

        Sorry for the rank but merely knowing something about a rating system is not knowing sustainability.

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