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Economic & Community
Development Division

Green Building and Renewable Energy

Green building and renewable energy are two of the most rapidly growing sectors in the United States economy. Government incentives, increasingly stringent building requirements, concern for the environment, the energy outlook, and consumer demand are driving this growth.

Central Carolina Community College's Chatham County Campus, in Pittsboro, N.C., is a leader in Sustainable Technologies. It is already supplying quality education at an affordable price to support these growing industries.

One of the programs offered is Green Building and Renewable Energy. It provides students with expertise in energy-efficient building techniques, renewable energy applications, and weatherization of existing homes. Classes consist of classroom instruction, field trips, and hands-on training. Students have installed solar hot water systems on the campus, providing a greater understanding of solar thermal applications in real time.

The program offers North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified training and testing in Solar Photovoltaic Systems. Successful completion of this class allows students to sit the Entry Level Certificate exam.

Instructors in the Green Building and Renewable Energy program have worked in the field for decades. The students benefit from the instructors' design and installation experience. Examples used by the instructors illustrate effective strategies in energy efficiency and modern design.

A Center for Sustainable Technology will open on the campus in 2010. It will include a Green Building and Renewable Energy laboratory, providing technical training with state of the art materials and technologies.

Click here to visit the Green Building and Renewable Energy website