Welcome to the Green Building Learning Center
We offer online, green building classes that prepare people to design and build smartly, sustainably and beautifully. These very popular classes in green building practices have been taught at Santa Fe Community College by ADC Network since 1997. Over fifteen years they have evolved and advanced so many students now call them “Master Classes”.
Classes are moderated and taught by Dan Clavio and Robin Dorrell; experts in each field are brought in to present and teach. Classes are presented for home owners, those who are planning to build a new home or commercial project, remodel their existing home, and for professionals in the field, such as builders, designers, architects, real estate agents, lenders and appraisers. The series presents an overview of numerous key topics in the Green & Sustainable Home Building field, focusing on one area in each class.
Introduction to Green Building
We review Site Design, Plan Implementation; Resource, Energy & Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education.
We also dis­­cuss financial incentives and tax credits …  

Energy-Efficient Remodeling
How to get the most “bang for your buck” when you remodel your home. We look at the key components of remodeling and building technology.
Ensure that improvements save you money … 

Solar Electric and Photo-Voltaics (PV)
We will review system designs and how to incorporate them into existing buildings (retro-fits) as well as planning for new construction.
Costs, financial incentives, tax benefits …
Elements of Great Design
Includes massing, layering of space, light and shadow, texture, color, indoor-outdoor spaces plus basics of passive solar design.
Beautiful, functional & energy-efficient homes …
Alternative Building Materials
Adobe, Straw Bale, Pumice-Crete, Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), and Aerated Autoclave Concrete (AAC), Advanced Framing with insulation
Pros and cons of different building methods …
Water Harvesting and Recycling
This class provides an introduction to solutions and systems for harvesting water that falls on your property and re-using household water.
We also discuss Gray Water and Black Water …