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Recycled Glass Surfaces: Raising the Bar for True Sustainability

Recycled glass surfaces take waste glass right out of the curbside recycle bin, and from many other often overlooked sources, and transform it into highly durable, uniquely distinctive surfaces. This course is an introduction to recycled glass surfaces, and how their low environmental impact, imaginative "upcycling" of an abundant domestic resource, sustainable manufacturing and end-of-life re-purposing define what is possible in a sustainable building product.

Learn At Your Own Pace:

You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the “upcycling” process of using post-consumer and pre-consumer/post-industrial sources of waste glass to produce recycled glass surfaces, a product of higher value without high additional energy use.
  • Evaluate the sustainability of recycled glass surfaces (or any product presented as “sustainable”), by its source, content, manufacturing process, business practices and complete life cycle, as well as how it fits into a sustainable building, including potential LEED contribution.
  • Compare key performance criteria of recycled glass surfaces with other types, to analyze relationship of sustainability to other important requirements of surfaces.
  • Describe real-life examples of the use of recycled glass surfaces and practical issues of designing, specifying, and selecting suppliers to achieve maximum performance and sustainability.

AIA logo Credits: 1.00 HSW

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit


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