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Sustainable Buildings: Design and Construction in the 21st Century

Interested in learning more about green design and construction strategies? Join your colleagues and friends at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Sustainable Buildings: Design and Construction in the 21st Century
Patrick Gallagher, LEED AP
Vice President of Estimating, BP Mechanical Corporation

The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction to renovation and deconstruction. However the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team take an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project. This course teaches the basics of sustainability and the essential strategies and work practices that make buildings green. You gain an understanding of the impact buildings have on the environment and the unique challenges of building a green sustainable building.
Meets: Tuesdays, May 22, 29, June 5, 12, and 19 (6:10-8:10PM)

Patrick Gallagher is the Vice President of Estimating for BP Mechanical Corporation. With over twenty-six years of experience in mechanical contracting and with the firm since 1991, Patrick now oversees the estimating, sales and business development of the company. With over eighty million in annual sales BP Mechanical is a leading HVAC contractor in the tri-state area. Patrick is the Chairman of the Subcontractors Trade Association Green Building committee, is a instructor for the Urban Green Council GPRO program and is currently the chief editor if the GPRO Mechanical program.

This first session is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend the full 10-hour course.

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Contact Desmond Beirne for more information: or 212-854-0149.

This course is part of CERC’s Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. Courses may be taken on an individual basis or you may pursue the full 12-course Certificate.

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Marie @ Anbo Manufacturing
Marie @ Anbo Manufacturing
12 years ago

We really should build sustainable buildings nowadays because of the state of the environment. If we want to save planet earth then we should go green as soon as possible before it’s too late.