Staffers pass exam for ‘Certified Green Professional’ credential

Today’s explosion of technology almost demands that professionals seize every opportunity presented to stay abreast. That is what prompted Martin Scribner, AICP, PDS’ director of planning and zoning, and Andy Videkovich, AICP, senior planner, to attend a multi-day seminar in Indianapolis that focused on “green building” cosponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB).

Scribner and Videkovich were tested on what they learned at the conclusion of the sessions and both passed the exam. This makes them eligible for certification as a Certified Green Professional (CGP), an NAHB program aimed at fostering the construction of green buildings.

The NAHB uses the CGP designation as a way to identify builders, remodelers, manufacturers, and other professionals who are committed to green building philosophies and techniques. The course focused on an understanding that combining good, cost-effective building science with the right products and materials can help create buildings that are healthier and more efficient, while being kind to the environment. This also results in lower long-term utility costs to home owners.

By incorporating the National Green Building Standard into the curriculum, CGPs are trained to incorporate energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality, and sustainable and locally sourced products into their projects. Preservation of natural contours and water quality of a site is also considered.

Because operating and maintaining a home correctly is the key to the long-term success of a green project, a large focus of the program is home owner education—from designing the space to meet specific needs and choosing the right products to making sure new owners are advised on how to ensure everything works the way it is designed.

CGPs must successfully complete 18 hours of classroom instruction and have at least two years of building industry experience before they earn their designation. They are also required to adhere to the CGP Code of Ethics and complete 12 hours of building industry and green-related continuing education every three years.
 
According to Scribner, “Andy and I took the opportunity to earn this credential in order to better assist with Direction2030 implementation efforts and to stay in touch with smart and innovative building trends. I feel that over the long run, this kind of information and education will pay out dividends for our community.”