AGC launches new green programs at 89th Annual Convention

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) announced the debut of new green programs at its annual convention in Las Vegas last week. The new initiatives will help to educate contractors about green trends in the building industry.

“We are at the forefront of educating members on building green and providing the most up-to-date information on industry standards,” says AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr. “Our members are building our nation’s leading green projects.”

AGC will introduce a new full-day course for contractors sponsored in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Clean Diesel Program called Building to LEED-NC. The course will discuss overview and the impact on construction practices, to explain the contractor’s role in a project intended to achieve certification under LEED-NC and outline all prerequisites and credits within the LEED-NC rating system identifying which requirements have a major, moderate or some impact on construction practices.

The curriculum materials will be made available to AGC chapters and other organizations.

AGC is also delivering an audio conference on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 2 p.m. ET titled “green construction basics.” This audio conference will include a glance of the recently completed research from Michigan State University, which aided the AGC to develop its course Building to LEED-NC.