Dec 10, 2023
DRAFT 254 - Sustainable Design 5 Credits
Introduction to the philosophical and practical principles of green and sustainable design through the Sustainable Design will explain what sustainable design is in the built environment encompasses, why we should be practicing it, and some of the ways the building industry is incorporating Green design into built projects. This class is an introduction to the philosophical and practical principles of sustainable design through the exploration of environmental issues, sustainable materials and methods, and professional practices, including an overview of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and other building evaluation systems.
Course Note Hybrid Cross list with INT D 270
Quarters Typically Offered
Designed to Serve Any student wishing to be introduced to the ecological and sustainable design practices.
Active Date 2015-05-08
Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 24
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Week #1 Introduction to sustainable architecture, interior design, and the building industry. Why be green?
Week #2 Principles of green design, how the built environment affects and is affected by the regional and local context.
Week #3 Discuss economics of sustainable design: initial costs, long term costs, and life cycle analysis.
Week #4 Learning from history, preserving the good aspects of design from the past.
Week #5 Explain the phases of design and how to integrate sustainable design into each phase.
Week #6 Construction documents and construction administration, how to ensure that the design and methods are performed the way you intend; the importance of evaluation post-occupancy.
Week #7 Principles of sustainable site design and water use strategies, consumption of land; HVAC and electrical usage strategies.
Week #8 Indoor Air Quality, Indoor Environmental Quality, daylighting; sustainable products.
Week #9 Assessment methods (i.e. LEED)
Week #10 Assessing buildings (i.e. Passive House) ourselves.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will investigate through case studies the building industryâ€™s impact on the environment.
Students will be able to integrate sustainable principles into the design phases.
Students will be able to identify and examine sustainable design practices and their impact on indoor air and environmental quality.
Students will compare and critique different building evaluation systems.
Students will examine the economic impact and
cost implications of design decisions from a life
cycle analysis perspective
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