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Penn State DuBois Hosts Lean and Green Construction Course

8/6/2008 —

DuBois - The Continuing Education Department at Penn State DuBois has joined researchers at University Park to introduce a cutting edge course for people who work in the construction field.  “Lean and Green:  Developing Innovative Processes for High Performance Buildings” will focus on methods for making new buildings more energy efficient. 

According to representatives with Penn State DuBois Lean and Green Research Initiative, sustainable, or green buildings use less energy, require fewer resources, generate less waste, and provide better, more productive environments than regular buildings.

“Going green and sustainability are the buzz throughout Continuing Education right now,” said CE Representative, Jeannine Hanes.  “Folks are concerned about saving money, and along with it, saving the earth.” 

But researches warn that designing and building a green facility is no easy task.  Systems are more complex, and need to be integrated with other building elements. Construction is done with sometimes unusual materials, and to different standards.  For this reason, Hanes said, anyone involved with a green building, in almost any capacity, could benefit from the course.  She said planners, architects, engineers, construction employees and operators, managers, designers and owners could all gain a better knowledge of these new and developing construction methods.

The course will be held Thursday, September 25, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Penn State DuBois.

To register, or for more information, contact Jeannine Hanes at 814-375-4836.   

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