Green Building with Concrete Course Launched

Staff | September 28, 2010

Silver Spring, Md. — The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has been approved as a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Provider and is launching its first approved course titled Green Building with Concrete on Tuesday, July 15, in Silver Spring, Md. The USGBC Education Provider Program presents high-quality professional development courses to further enrich the knowledge and understanding of green building theory, techniques and trends for building professionals. NRMCA's new Green Building with Concrete course received USGBC Education Program status after a comprehensive review of the course materials, course content and instructors.

The course provides detailed instruction on how the use of concrete can minimize environmental impact of buildings and public works projects during construction and operation. It helps engineers and architects utilize concrete building systems to design high performance buildings that conserve energy and maximize occupant comfort. The seminar provides detailed background on stormwater best management practices, including pervious concrete pavement systems in combination with bioretention swales, conventional concrete pavements and green roofs to reduce stormwater runoff and overall impact of construction.

The course also provides detailed instruction on how concrete can be used to minimize urban heat islands. It includes suggestions on how to incorporate optimal recycled content into concrete to balance environmental impact and long-term durability. Attendees will learn the details of concrete building systems and pavements, including engineering properties and construction techniques to minimize environmental impact. This course will also help designers — including civil engineers, architects and landscape architects — develop details and write project specifications for sustainable concrete building and pavement systems.

Specific course topics include: The Environmental Attributes of Concrete; Climate Change and Concrete; Green Building Rating Systems and Concrete; Energy; Performance of Concrete Building Systems; Stormwater Best Management Practices; Optimizing Recycled Content; and interactive problem solving break out sessions and a course assessment

The course will first be offered on July 15 in Silver Spring, Md. Course registration and additional information are available at The course has been added to USGBC's growing catalog of courses and is listed on the USGBC website,