Green General Contractor by Barbara A. Somervill

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This group also researches new solar technology. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit group that works to increase green construction in the United States. Its LEED program certifies that buildings are energy and water efficient. It also makes sure that the buildings use recycled materials. Each year, the USGBC sponsors the Greenbuild conference, where green experts share their knowledge and green companies demonstrate new products. 21St Century SKillS liBrary Cool CareerS green general conTracTor glossary architectural (ar-kuh-TEK-chu-ruhl) having to do with designing buildings civil engineering (SIH-vuhl en-juh-NIHR-eeng) designing and constructing public building projects such as roads conserve (kon-SURV) to use less construction (kuhn-STRUHK-shuhn) the business of building permanent structures general contractors (JEN-uh-ruhl KON-trak-turz) people who organize and supervise building projects geothermal (JEE-oh-THUR-muhl) heat from the beneath the surface of the Earth habitats (HA-buh-tatss) the places and conditions in which living things live and grow insulated (IN-suh-LAYT-id) covered with material to prevent hot (or cool) air from escaping license (LYE-suhnss) a legal permission to do something mulch (MULCH) a protective covering put on the ground to help maintain soil temperature, retain moisture, prevent weeds, or prevent erosion reclaimed (ree-CLAYMD) something obtained from a waste product wind turbines (WYND TUR-bynz) machines that generate energy from wind for more InformaTIon BOOKS Brezina, Corona.

21st Century Content Emerging green professionals are the future of green general contracting. The USGBC Emerging Professionals program is geared toward young college graduates. The program is not limited to general contractors. It also serves architects, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals. Construction trends change with the national economy. In a slow economy, businesses and homeowners are less likely to construct new buildings. Construction increases when the economy improves. Experts predict that the United States will build about 15 million new buildings between 2010 and 2015.

Sirvaitis, Karen. Seven Wonders of Green Building Technology. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2010. gov/kids/greenCareers/generalContractor Check out an interview with a green general contractor on this NASA site. S. gov/kids/roofus Learn how green technology can make a home more efficient. 21St Century SKillS liBrary Cool CareerS green general conTracTor InDex bids, 11, 17 blueprints, 11 building codes, 14, 18, 26 building materials, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14, 16–17, 18, 20, 25, 27, 28 building sites, 9, 17, 26–27 estimates, 11, 14 recycling, 5, 6, 9, 13, experience, 13, 14, 17 18, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 global warming, 23 remodeling, 8, 18, governments, 17, 25, 26 26, 29 renewable resources, greenhouses, 20 24, 26 Greensburg, Kansas, 4–6, 8 salaries, 20 solar energy, 20, 24, insulation, 6, 18, 25 26, 29 certification, 5, 6, 14, 23, 29 landscaping, 12, 27 costs, 6, 9, 11, 14, laws, 14, 29 20, 22 LEED (Leadership in Energy and demand, 9, 13, Environmental 22–23, 25, 26 Design), 5, 6, 13, 17, 23, 29 economy, 28 education, 6, 13, 14, 17, 23, 26, 29 electricity, 6, 12 energy consumption, 5, 6, 9, 18, 24, 25, 26 natural resources, 5, 9, 22–23, 24, 27 taxes, 26 trade workers, 11–12 trees, 5, 9, 26–27 waste, 24, 26, 28 water consumption, 5, 6, 9, 18, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 wind energy, 6, 9, 20, 24, 25, 26 planning, 5, 11, 25 plants, 6, 17, 25 abouT The auThor Barbara A.

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