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Reducing Embodied Energy in Masonry Construction - Sept 2010

Continuing Education

Learn At Your Own Pace - You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives - At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain the significance of embodied energy in masonry.
  2. Discuss the impact of CO2 emissions in the production of masonry, and the potential for reducing this carbon footprint.
  3. Reduce the environmental impact of masonry construction.
  4. Evaluate and compare alternative brick products.

AIA logo Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW

This course was approved by the GBCI for 1 GBCI credit hour(s) for LEED Credential Maintenance.

Brick has been a mainstay of building construction throughout history and continues to be one of the most favored building materials around the world. With sustainability becoming a basic requirement for all products and materials, conventional clay brick has come under increased scrutiny, primarily due to the fossil fuel energy required to fire brick kilns and the associated CO2 emissions. A new type of brick and paver has recently been introduced. Produced from beneficial reuse of the byproducts of generating electricity from coal, they do not require energy-intensive firing. The appearance, weight and performance characteristics of these new bricks are virtually identical to conventional clay brick, but with significantly reduced embodied energy and associated CO2 emissions, high recycled content and EPA recognition as a "beneficial" use for coal ash waste. This course discusses the sustainability profile of both conventional and fly ash brick, and provides a detailed explanation of the important energy, environmental and performance issues, including achieving LEED® points, involved in selecting sustainable brick products.

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit
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