Instructor: Bonnie Prinse

Board: Texas Board of Architectural Examiners

Credit Hours: 1.00
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Approval Number: J607ENV13


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Course Description


This one-hour online course is designed to provide the student an overview on how to build for energy efficiency. Building for energy efficiency is a process of design in which multiple disciplines and seemingly unrelated aspects of design work together for a beneficial outcome. The goal is to achieve high performance and multiple benefits at a lower cost than the total for all the components combined. This process often includes integrating green design strategies into conventional design criteria for building form, function, performance and cost. A key to successful integrated building design is anticipation of people from different specialties of design: general architecture, HVAC, lighting and electrical, interior design, and landscape design.



Course Objectives


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain energy efficiency design strategies
  • Describe passive solar design, passive solar heating and cooling
  • Discuss thermal storage strategy and daylighting
  • Identify building envelope components
  • Choose energy efficient exterior doors, storm doors and insulation


Instructor Bio


Bonnie PrinseBonnie Prinse

Ms. Prinse holds a BS Degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and has pursued master degree studies in Aquatic Zoology at the University of South Florida. She has written scientific portions of impact statements for wetland/upland land delineation, endangered species studies, and water quality testing while employed with a civil engineering and architectural firm in Tampa, FL. Her experience in environmental studies and new construction lend itself to documentary film making, particularly environmental stories that have taken her to the Amazon in Peru and to Costa Rica. Most recently her involvement with earthen construction projects led to a video production showcasing the benefits of building “green.”



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