A Greener Future Starts at Home

A Greener Future Starts at Home

to take this course

In this course, the design professional will consider how appliances within residential spaces can contribute to an environment that is both healthy and energy efficient. An overview of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program will be discussed as well as the purpose of certifying products that are energy efficient. Then, we will survey some features of appliances used in kitchens, that promote safer and healthier living for their owners and for the world in general. We will also explore appliances that can be used in more compact locations, saving construction expense and reducing noise while providing occupants with clean clothes and dishware. These appliances use minimal space but provide powerful cleaning with the use of smart technology. We will end the course by discussing sustainability practices initiated by responsible manufacturers to ensure progress is being made annually toward a long-term goal of using natural global resources responsibly, while helping consumers make educated choices about appliances that improve their daily lives.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Discuss the purpose of the ENERGY STAR program and explain how its certified products are contributing to the cause of protecting the planet and people
  2. Examine features of various appliances to illustrate how they are cost-effective, energy efficient, time-saving and able to foster healthier lifestyles
  3. Explore advanced technologies being used in appliance design to show how products are being changed to consume less energy and space, yet promote a cleaner living environment for building occupants
  4. Analyze how responsible manufacturing practices contribute to environmental sustainability and have lasting effects on humans and the earth
Design Category (CSI Division): 
(11) Equipment
AIBD Division: 
Building Design
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Delivery Format: 
Narrated Video
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Course & Quiz Details: 

10 Multiple Choice and True/False Questions

A score of 80% or higher is required to receive a certificate of completion