Sustainable Construction and Design

Sustainable Construction and Design

Sustainable Construction and Design

The Sustainable Construction and Design program prepares students to design and construct residences that are both sustainable and highly energy efficient. Students learn how to construct new homes that are durable, use very little energy for heating, cooling, and lighting, and provide a healthy environment for the occupants. The program utilizes a “whole systems approach” to train graduates to understand the integral relationship between materials, building techniques, mechanical systems, and subcontractors in the production of energy efficient and sustainable homes. Students will learn about the use of green and renewable materials, the proper installation of all components and sub-systems, and the reduction of construction site waste.

Students will apply the concepts they learn in hands-on building experiences. Building training includes but is not limited to: foundations, concrete work, advanced framing, siding, roofing, thermal and moisture protection, drywall installation and finishing, stair construction, finishing, cabinet installation, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, appliances, and landscaping.

Students will also learn to perform energy audits on existing homes to identify problems, develop solutions, and retrofit those solutions cost effectively. 

The Sustainable Construction and Design program follows the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) training, assessment, certification, and career development standards for residential construction and maintenance craft professionals. Program concepts align with the U.S. Green Building Council's initiatives.

Transfer Information

Hawkeye's Industrial and Engineering Technology department has a block articulation agreement with the University of Northern Iowa to transfer general education and technical credits. Graduates may transfer credits into the Construction Management program at UNI. For more information, contact a program advisor.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Kendra Wyatt-Koger
Buchanan Hall 128
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Program Advisors

Jacob Kvinlaug
Butler Hall 123C
319-296-2329 ext.1314
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Ben Strickert
Butler Hall 123D
319-296-2329 ext.1326
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Dave Grunklee
Butler Hall 131A
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