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New Online Course in Leed Construction Management

Participants Will Gain Sustainable Building Knowledge for Successful Industry Careers

IRVINE, Calif. – December 7, 2010 – University of California, Irvine Extension announces the availability of a new 10-week online course titled, “LEED Construction Management.” The course was created to equip participants with an understanding of the concepts in sustainable construction and the documentation and submittal requirements for LEED compliance. With registration taking place now, instruction begins Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 and runs through March 20.

“This course offering continues UC Irvine Extension’s commitment to providing cutting edge learning and professional development for tomorrow’s sustainability leaders,” says Melanie Mitchell, assistant director of business, management, and legal programs at UC Irvine Extension. “Businesses that invest now in sustainability continuing education will gain a competitive advantage and a profound return on investment.”

The “LEED Construction Management” course will provide students with the ability to explain the concept of sustainable construction and its importance, and regulations required for businesses looking for leadership in this area. Topics covered will include the LEED Green Building Rating system and how to identify the construction credits required under the system, pre-construction feasibility reviews, and LEED contract language and green building certification processes. By the end of the course, participants will create a portfolio of documents to reference when submitting for LEED construction credits in the field.

Course instructor, Kenneth Howe, CPA, LEED® AP, has been active in real estate, accounting and development for over 20 years. He has developed, maintained and invested in numerous hotels, retail properties and housing projects―positioning him as a respected leader of the accounting, real estate and development communities in Orange County, Calif.

“Building owners who are investing in existing properties rather than building new projects have created demand for leadership in environmental and energy-efficient design because it translates into lower energy costs, reduced cost of ownership and utility rebates,” says Howe. “This easily accessible course will provide participants with the knowledge needed to successfully navigate LEED compliance for buildings and construction projects, increasing their value to employers.”

The course is an elective for the Light Construction and Development Management Certificate Program.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.