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In keeping with the sustainable development principles of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and North Shore Community College's Green Curriculum Project, the college offers several Green Building and Sustainability courses.
A non-credit Certificate in Green Building is offered to students who successfully complete Green Building courses identified from the list of course below in consultation with Community Education staff. The courses are designed to provide students with knowledge in the clean/renewable energy and energy efficiency employment sectors. Several of the courses will provide students with the training necessary to acquire nationally recognized, stackable credentials in the energy field. A listing of course offerings (which can vary from semester to semester) is provided below.
CSA113 - Clean Energy 101
The course provides an inspiring overview of the future of clean energy. Students explore how the new Green Economy will provide technology and jobs as society transitions away from the nation's problematic dependence on fossil fuels. Contemporary applications of clean energy technologies such as solar and wind in large scale projects and single family residences are discussed in class. Power Point, video and printed material will be presented through lecture and discussion groups.
CSA145 - Solar Energy Technology
The course includes basic theory and hands on practical applications on the use of solar energy for commercial and residential applications. Solar technologies such as solar photovoltaic and solar thermal panels are included. Students learn how to perform a site survey using various tools and applied knowledge and are introduced to the basic concepts of solar energy production and solar hot water-based system components. The class is ideal for commercial building owners and home owners interested in learning about the benefits of solar energy production including return on investment.
CSA178 - Building Analyst Training
The Building Analyst course provides training in the principles of building science used to assess energy use and energy efficiency in residential homes. Students learn how a house works as a system to better understand where and how energy loss occurs and what methods and products can be used to increase energy efficiency. Hands on exercises are used to demonstrate the use the latest building science technology to resolve residential heating, cooling, base load and air leakage problems. By using a "whole house" performance-based approach, the course addresses a comprehensive range of interrelated building issues to identify improvements leading to a more comfortable, safe, durable, and energy-efficient home. The course prepares students for the nationally recognized Building Performance Institute's (BPI) Building Analysts certification exam.
CSA825 - Weatherization Installer Certification
The course provides instruction in the latest skills, materials and techniques for weatherizing existing homes to improve energy efficiency. A series of training modules on core competencies related to residential weatherization are presented. Topics include: basic building science skills, insulation, air sealing, and safe work practices. Successful students will be qualified to work as professional air sealing technicians and insulation installers and be prepared to take the Building Performance Institute's (BPI) Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer (WH-ALC) certification exam.
CSA828 - Starting a Successful Energy Efficiency Business
The residential energy efficiency service industry is expected to grow dramatically so it's a great time to start your new business or expand your existing HVAC, construction or other energy efficiency business to meet the demand! This practical course provides an overview of the field, business planning, management and operations, securing work, managing customer relations, health/safety issues and more.
CSA830 - Green Building Materials and Resource Management
The use of Green Building materials in construction is a sustainable practice that provides benefits to both building owners and occupants. The course provides information on what makes a material "green" and how to distinguish between manufacturers' "greenwashing" versus legitimate green materials labeling. Basic principles of Life Cycle Assessment are taught and students learn how to apply these principles in material selection/specification for green building projects. The course also identifies and discusses the role of third party product rating systems that aid in green material selection. The course concludes with an examination of material resources, conserving construction practices and effective construction waste management practices.
CSA831 - Indoor Environmental Quality
Maintaining good indoor environmental quality (IEQ), both during and after the construction process, is one of the key facets of Green Building. This course covers the primary factors affecting IEQ such as ventilation, indoor pollution, moisture, lighting, etc, and their relationship to other major facets of green building such as energy, materials, durability, and occupant control of comfort. Building design elements such as natural daylighting and Universal Design principles will also be covered.
LEED AP Building Design + Construction (BD+C)
Replacing the LEED AP for New Construction exam track, this specialty provides a standard for professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings.
LEED AP Interior Design + Construction
LEED for Commercial Interiors is the green benchmark for the tenant improvement market. It is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint. LEED for Commercial Interiors gives the power to make sustainable choices to tenants and designers, who do not always have control over whole building operations
LEED AP Operations + Maintenance (O+M)
Replacing the LEED AP for Existing Buildings exam track, this specialty provides a standard for professionals participating in the operation and maintenance of existing buildings that implement sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impact of a building over its functional life cycle.
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
For professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice, GBCI has created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. The Green Associate credential also serves as the first step for professionals pursuing a LEED AP specialization. New Tier I credential that attests to demonstrated knowledge and skill in understanding and supporting green design, construction, and operations.
CSA148 - Unrestricted Construction Supervisor Exam Prep
The course includes an in depth review of the use and interpretation of the Massachusetts State Building Code, the Handicap Access Code (521 CMR) and the Energy Code (IECC). Course will show how the codes are structured and how to navigate the codes to answer any questions that the codes address. At the completion of the course the student are prepared to take the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Construction Supervisors' License Exam (Unrestricted).
CSA279 - Restricted Construction Supervisors Exam Prep
Learn how to understand and use the Massachusetts State Building Code (1&2 family) and the energy Code (IECC). It will show how the codes are structured and how to navigate the codes to answer any questions that the codes address. At the completion of the course the student will be ready for the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Construction Supervisors License Exam (Restricted 1&2 family).
CSP160 - Microsoft Project 2010
Learn the basic skills to plan and manage projects effectively with Microsoft Project 2010. Create a project plan containing tasks, organize these tasks in a work breakdown structure containing task relationships, create and assign resources, and finalize the project to implement the project plan. Learn the best strategies for navigating the application using the new Ribbon in Microsoft Project 2010.
CAD 101 Principles of Computer Aided Design 1 (4 credits)
Pre: Communications & Mathematics Proficiencies
Presents an introduction to computer aided drafting and design systems and their applications. Topics include point, line, arc and circle generation using a variety of techniques for positioning, moving and copying geometry. Commands are presented for the manipulation of the display and its contents to prepare multiple view part drawings complete with dimensions, annotations and borders. Laboratory work includes the use of a microcomputer workstation. AutoCAD software is used throughout the course.
CAD102 - Principles of Computer-Aided Design 2 (4 credits)
Pre: CAD 101
This course will expand upon the topics presented in CAD101. Symbols, diagrams, parts, assemblies, and standards are discussed. Working, assembly and/or pictorial drawings of objects are drawn with sections, revolutions, and breaks as required. Three dimensional models are drawn using solids and wireframe techniques. Models are rendered, complete with lighting and scenes. Models are prepared for export to CAD-related software products. The AutoCAD software is used throughout the course.
The non credit division also offers several courses on sustainability including sustainable lifestyle and business sustainability. A listing of course offerings (which can vary from semester to semester) is provided below.
CSA245 - Sustainability and You: Design a Sustainable Life
A massive shift in human behavior is needed to effectively increase short and long term sustainability. This course provides a broader context of the sustainability imperative and focuses on personal engagement, and the ability of individuals to engage others, as the driving force that will make the difference. You will calculate, learn about and change your own carbon & water footprint. It offers an integrated interpretation of what a sustainable lifestyle is about; how we change behavior, make mindful choices, consider the impact of our lifestyles and find sustainable alternatives.
CSA246 - Sustainability and You: Design a Sustainable Life 2
Prerequisite: Completion of Part 1(or with Instructors permission). This course continues to explore the individual's integration of sustainability practices into their lifestyle. The case method will allow individuals to engage each other; the cohort of students will be the driving force that will make the difference. This is your chance for an integrated interpretation of what a sustainable lifestyle is about; you will share value, make mindful choices about your QBL impact and find sustainable alternatives together.
CSA247 - Sustainable Practices for the Entrepreneur
Sustainability Development is an enabling strategy not just for large public companies but also for entrepreneurs. This course offers a holistic perspective to business sustainability, starting with engagement of the individual and ending with cost savings, greater margins, increased product performance and further engagement.
CSA248 - Sustainable Practices for the Entrepreneur 2
Sustainability Development is an enabling strategy not just for large public companies but also for entrepreneurs. This course continues the holistic perspective to business sustainability addressed in Part 1, starting with engagement of the individual and ending with cost savings, greater margins, increased product performance and further engagement. This course is the perfect companion to Part 1; this deals with the softer side of best practices. Prerequisite: Completion of Part 1 (or with permission of instructor).
CSA223 Sustainability Series
A series of one hour classes geared for residents, local advisory committees, public officials and businesses to learn about energy, water conservation and trash recycling. The courses include CSA224 - Trash & Recycling 101, CSA225 - Energy 101 and CSA226 - Water 101.
CSM551 - Organic Landscaping Homeowners Series
A series of four, one hour classes geared for homeowners interested in organic landscaping. The courses include CSM552 - Here's the Dirt - Everything You Want to Know About Soil, CSM553 - Got Water? Water Wise Options, CSM555 - Toxic Free - Low/No Pesticides, CSM556 - Must Have Tools - Tools for Organic Landscaping and CSM557 - Design for a Green Lawn.