Description of Green Construction
Green Construction was founded upon the ideals of building more efficient, healthier buildings and homes. In Green Construction, we are trying to balance energy efficiency and cost effectiveness while conserving resources and keeping maintenance as low as possible. In other words, green building design involves finding the delicate balance between homebuilding and the sustainable environment.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed a universal rating system called the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). They have created a certification program that has become the benchmark for design, construction, and operation of green buildings. Most Green Building employers, especially architects, will look to hire candidates with relevant experience in addition to a LEED certification.
Green Construction Jobs
Urban Planner – This might be the hottest growth area within the Green Construction industry segment. Urban Planners and Land Use Planners outline and develop cities and towns. They do much of the business planning and construction of many of the related projects. Government officials rely heavily on Urban Planners to ensure compliance with industry standards.
Parks Planner – A Parks Planner identifies, evaluates, and surveys parcels of land for potential use as a recreational park. They develop the site and manage all of the construction.
Landscape Architects - Landscape Architects create environmentally friendly parks and recreation sites. These might include outdoor spaces to be used for exercise, nature walks, family picnics, sports and recreation, and other activities. Landscape Architects and Environmental Scientists work hand-in-hand to find better ways to sustain our natural resources.
Green Architects - Green Architects focus on reducing the drag that construction projects can have on our environment. They do this by zeroing in on ways to most efficiently utilize resources and energy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the new approaches being brought about by Green Building has increased the need for Green Architects. This trend is expected to continue.
- U.S. Green Building Council - http://www.usgbc.org/
- American Planning Association - http://www.planning.org/
- International City / County Management Association (ICMA) - http://icma.org/
- Sustainable Buildings Industry Council - http://www.sbicouncil.org/