Instructor: Bonnie Prinse

Board: West Virginia Board of Architects (WVBA)

Credit Hours: 1.00
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Approval Number: J607ENV14

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Course Description

Florida CILB Course Approval Number: 0010091
Oregon CCB Series B Course Approval Number: SRB0016

This one hour interactive distance-learning course is designed to introduce the participant to the concept of using roofing materials to reduce a building’s energy requirements as well as contribute a mitigating effect to the local urban environment.

Think about this: Every year in the U.S. about $40 billion is spent just to cool buildings! That amounts to one-sixth of all energy we consume annually. So it’s little wonder why the popularity of cool roofing is higher than ever. By incorporating a cool roof in a building simply makes that building more comfortable and energy efficient. As a result cool roofing products now come in a variety of materials – from factory-coated metal to shingles and tiles. According to the Cool Roof Rating Council there are even “cool” dark colored products which might seem to contradict conventional thinking on color.

The course will explore what some of these materials are, why they are so important to be familiar with, how you as a professional can benefit from using cool roofing and where to get more information.


Course Objectives

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

  • Discuss a brief history of the modern roof
  • Define terminology and benefits
  • Describe sustainability concerns in the construction industry
  • Recognize cool roofing materials
  • Explain energy savings and cost comparisons
  • Suggest incentives and rebates

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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