DAVIDSON, N.C. — Trane has been named a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Provider and will offer curriculum to equip professionals with the continuing education needed to stay competitive in the sustainable building industry.
To become an Education Provider, Trane developed courses that were peer-reviewed and approved by USGBC as having educational content meeting USGBC's quality requirements for LEED Professional Credential holders and the green building marketplace.
The company's initial Engineers Newsletter Live (ENL) course offerings, listed below, have been approved by USGBC and will help LEED APs and Green Associates maintain their credentials by counting toward Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Continuing Education (CE) hours:
- Air Handling Systems, Energy and Indoor Air Quality (1.5 CE hours).
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standards 62.1 and 90.1 and Variable Air Volume Systems (1.5 CE hours).
- Energy Savings Strategies for LEED and the Energy Policy Act (1.5 CE hours).
- Fans in Air-Handling Systems (1.5 CE hours) (available March 24).
"It is an honor to have the USGBC recognize Trane leadership and expertise in the green building industry," said Scott Tew, leader of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand. "We are pleased that our technical knowledge, practical experience and resources can help others in the industry produce safe, comfortable and energy-efficient environments."
To be USGBC approved, courses must relate to green building practices, support the LEED rating systems and be non-commercial. For LEED Professionals' credential maintenance, LEED APs with specialty must earn 30 CE hours (6 LEED-specific) biennially and LEED Green Associates must earn 15 CE hours (3 LEED-specific) biennially.
The LEED AP with specialty credentials signify an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices with the ability to specialize in applying LEED to specific project types: Building Design + Construction, Interior Design + Construction, Operations + Maintenance and Homes or Neighborhood Development. For professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice, the LEED Green Associate credential denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations. As of March 1, 2010, there were more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders.