# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Green Building Infusion Units Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Green Building Infusion Units (GBIU/Locally determined)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Introducing Sustainability

  1. Describe the scientific research regarding climate change.
  2. Explore the human impact on the environment.
  3. Define key terms related to sustainability.
  4. Explain the relationship among green, green jobs, sustainability, and sustainable development.
  5. Explain the core concepts of sustainability and green efforts/initiatives.
  6. Define precautionary principle.
  7. Define ecosystem services.
  8. Define ecological footprint.
  9. Define tragedy of the commons.
  10. Define systems thinking.
  11. Define unintended consequences.
  12. Define quality-of-life indicators.
  13. Evaluate an industry practice using the three principles of sustainability (i.e., triple bottom line).

Examining Green Building in Architecture and Construction

  1. Describe the overarching significance of the building industry in humankind’s global “footprint.”
  2. Describe the integrated design process (cradle-to-cradle) to accomplish green and sustainable outcomes.
  3. Explain the “cradle-to-cradle” approach in comparison to “cradle-to-grave” life cycles of common household products.
  4. Design a new product from existing products using the cradle-to-cradle approach.
  5. Examine the effects on environmental and societal conditions throughout the life cycle of a building.
  6. Evaluate the benefits and costs of a green and sustainable application in design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment.
  7. Identify methods, materials, and techniques that are consistent with green building and sustainable design.
  8. Describe an energy audit for a facility.
  9. Evaluate options to reduce energy consumption.
  10. Evaluate the regional and global effects of green and sustainable building design and construction.
  11. Communicate the value of green and sustainable practices in a presentation.
  12. Identify the standards, regulations, and codes intended to create a more green and sustainable built environment.

Exploring Design/Pre-Construction Principles

  1. Identify appropriate members of an integrated design team, based on a given project.
  2. Consult expert sources in the design of green and sustainable building.
  3. Use patterns, systems, and flows of land, materials, energy, and natural resources in the design of green, sustainable building projects.
  4. Describe the growing significance of “embodied” energy (and water) in the total environmental impact of the building industry.
  5. Explain how site selection and design for the facility site and landscape can improve the impact of the built environment on the green environment.
  6. Describe how a site’s selection can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by governing necessary travel to and from the facility.
  7. Explain how redeveloping a brownfield site can represent a positive step for the community.
  8. Explain how choosing sites in already developed areas can save time and money and reduce negative impacts on the site.
  9. Assess the importance of not building on sites in areas with potential problems.
  10. Describe how a building’s relationship to the sun affects energy use.
  11. Use sustainable design principles in landscaping the built environment.
  12. Analyze the impact of material and energy sourcing in design of green and sustainable buildings.
  13. Analyze the impact of design decisions for lighting, heating, and cooling on the sustainability of buildings.
  14. Use energy modeling to determine the effect of design decisions and to differentiate among design alternatives.
  15. Explain how computer applications can be used to improve green and sustainable design decisions for a building.
  16. Calculate heating and cooling thermal loads for a building.
  17. Describe how appropriate landscaping can save energy and reduce pollution.
  18. Redesign an existing building to optimize its performance.
  19. Produce a cost-benefit analysis of employing green and sustainable practices in the operations and maintenance of building systems.

Applying Green Building Requirements to Construction

  1. Identify how various trades can affect each other’s work and can contribute to the greening of a building’s construction.
  2. Identify best practices unique to green building projects.
  3. Communicate the importance of a green design plan to subcontractors when pursuing third-party certification.
  4. Explain how properly constructed high-performance building envelopes can eliminate unnecessary uses of energy for heating and cooling.
  5. Describe how site management can mitigate and minimize the negative environmental effects of construction projects.
  6. Explain how indoor air quality considerations can mitigate and minimize the negative environmental and human effects of construction projects.
  7. Explain how the selection of tools and techniques can contribute to green construction of a building.
  8. Explain how the selection of materials and assemblies can contribute to green construction of a building.

Conducting Whole-Building Blower Door Tests

  1. Prepare the building for testing.
  2. Install the blower door frame in a door jamb.
  3. Install fan in the depressurization direction (fan blowing out).
  4. Install gauges on the door jamb.
  5. Install pressure hoses to gauges.
  6. Install the power supply for the blower door assembly.
  7. Zero the pressure gauges.
  8. Compile data on temperature (interior/exterior) and wind.
  9. Measure air flow and pressure.
  10. Analyze test data.
  11. Determine whether there are any leaks in the home.
  12. Remove the blower door.

Reducing Energy Use through Weatherization

  1. Explain the purpose, benefits, and origin of the weatherization program.
  2. Describe the methods and materials that could be used to reduce heating and cooling losses as well as air leakage.
  3. Describe how the components that make up a building shell can affect a home’s energy usage.

Implementing Green Maintenance Operations

  1. Describe how preventive maintenance can increase energy efficiency and reduce pollution from a building and its site.
  2. Describe how continuous commissioning (regular maintenance plan) can improve energy efficiency with existing equipment.
  3. Identify ways in which a lighting retrofit could reduce energy pollution and waste.
  4. Identify how water conservation choices in equipment and settings can save energy and reduce pollution.
  5. Determine how green cleaning products can reduce pollution in a building and throughout the product supply chain.
  6. Provide an example of how improving the performance and sustainability of one component in a building system can improve the performance and sustainability of related components.
  7. Analyze the replacement of fossil fuel-based equipment with renewable energies-based equipment when planning building updates.
  8. Conduct an energy audit.
  9. Demonstrate the economic benefits of employing green and sustainable practices in the operations and maintenance of building systems.
  10. Produce a water conservation audit for a local organization.
  11. Create a maintenance and replacement schedule for a given building product based on a life-cycle analysis.
  12. Describe how a previously developed site can be restored to serve as habitat for native species, improve ecosystem services, and reduce irrigation and pest management needs.