Green-N-Site (Slide No. 1) We welcome you to the 2009 AGC National Convention. This presentation is titled “GREEN-N-SITE” which is basically a case study in developing Green Building Training Programs
Our next challenge, is how do we train the project team? We could have just given them the 400+ page LEED reference guide on Friday and said “. . .have this memorized by Monday …” but that was not going to happen. OR we could tailor a program that would help them be successful.
Before preparing a program, you must set objectives and decide how to go about giving instructions. You have to identify the group of people you are training, within each group who will be trained and then have a reference center and continuing updates for the groups.
Adult Learners: Identify the group to be trained. Are you training everyone, everyone who works on a green project, or specific members within the green project? In this case we had three large groups – pre-development, the design team, and construction. So we began the task of separating the materials to meet the needs of the groups. Anytime you teach someone a new task you should first understand the different learning styles of people There are three basic learning styles and then combinations of styles to address when teaching adults. 1. -visual learners, auditory learners, kinesthetic learners -Visual Learners-generally think in terms of pictures, often prefer to see things written down in a handout, text, they remember things best by seeing something written
Visual learners like charts, graphs, maps and other visual learning tools We remember less than 10% of what we hear -able to retain more information with visuals
Auditory learners are those who generally learn best by listening. They typically like to learn through lectures, discussions, and reading aloud. They remember best through hearing or saying items aloud. Some of you will remember items said today because of the tone or volume of our voices. -remembers names, but forgets faces -remembers by listening, especially music -distracted by noise -written information will have little meaning until it has also been heard -read explanations aloud to them -make up songs, or poems to help them remember -records lectures to hear again later
Kinesthetic learners are those who learn best through experiencing that which they are trying to learn, they remember best by writing or physically manipulating information; -Hands On -need to be able to highlight or underline and write notes -remember what was done, not what was seen or talked about -don’t hear things well, need to be shown -movement is important -attack things physically -learn by imitation and practice -touches things to get a sense of them -may have had or is having difficulty reading -impulsive, loves games -may be athletics, cooks, runs, sails, dances -need hands on experience Most people use all three styles to some degree.
When you teach your children to fish or hit a baseball or teach your mother how to record her favorite programs on the DVR you will notice that people learn things in different ways. Just be sure your program addresses the needs of everyone. One other issue is educational background.
One other piece of the puzzle with adult learners is their educational background: the development part of the company, the design team and construction are different at different levels. The Construction staff has many more people involved in actually building the building. There may also be language barriers that may need to be addressed
When new information has to be imparted to the company, some companies already have a method of passing on information, but sometimes it has to be created. One method is Train the Trainer: -You ask department heads or construction managers in your case or you may need to expand your training to include a representative of the subcontractors you use to attend a Green Building session -they should be the type of person who can embrace change; can be positive; and can transfer the information to others -they have to “buy in” to green building and walk away as a member of the Green Team -WEBINARS
Pre-development/acquisitions and the design team we invited everyone involved through “ go to meeting” / webinar and in person. -With Construction we included a two part session 1)we gave an overview of Green Building itself, then 2) a session on LEED and specific responsibilities of the construction dept the Construction Manager, project manager, superintendent and assist superintendent attended
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Green-N-Site AGC 2009 National Convention San Diego Green-N-Site: Green Building for Developers, Designers, and Contractors 1
Green-N-Site Presented by: Cynthia Fairchild, LEED® AP Michael Fairchild, AIA, Florida GC, LEED® AP
<ul><li>Adult Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the group to be trained </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the d ifferent learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the diversity of educational backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Train the Trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Construction Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Project Managers </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Files </li></ul><ul><li>SharePoint </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Education/Updates </li></ul>
<ul><ul><li>SharePoint </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adult Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the group(s) to be trained </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the d ifferent learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the diversity of educational backgrounds </li></ul>
Visuals Increase Retention We remember less than 10% of what we hear verbally Source: Wharton University Study Message Retention in Presentations Source: PowerGRAPHICS Category: Cylinders 10% 20% 30% 40% Verbal Presentation With Visuals Verbal Only Presentation
Auditory Learner <ul><li>30% of learners are auditory learners </li></ul><ul><li>written information will have little meaning </li></ul><ul><li>until it has also been heard </li></ul><ul><li>read instructions/explanations aloud </li></ul>
Kinesthetic Learner <ul><li>Learn by imitation and practice </li></ul><ul><li>May not understand if the information is not presented in their style </li></ul><ul><li>May write while you are speaking to them </li></ul>
Visual Learners Auditory Learners Kinesthetic Learners OR Combination of all three
Adult Learners • Recognize the diversity in educational backgrounds
<ul><li>Train the Trainer </li></ul><ul><li>Representative from each department </li></ul><ul><li>Construction Manager, Project Manager </li></ul>
We invited: 1. Pre-Development, Development 2. The Design Team 3. Construction Staff included: Construction Manager Project Manager Superintendents Assistant Superintendents
Green-N-Site Specializing in Sustainable Building Education and Training Facilitators for owners and developers, the design team, and general contractors Implementation strategies for your company LEED® Accredited Professionals/Members USGBC Cynthia Fairchild, LEED® AP Michael Fairchild, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP