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INT D 270 - Sustainable Design

5 Credits
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.


Quarters Typically Offered
Spring Day

Designed to Serve Any student wishing to be introduced to sustainable design practices and how they apply to the built enviornment.
Active Date 20200330T21:15:39

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 24
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline
  • Introduction to sustainable architecture, interior design, and the building industry. Why be green?
  • Principles of green design, how the built environment affects and is affected by the regional and local context.
  • Discuss economics of sustainable design: initial costs, long term costs, and life cycle analysis.
  • Learning from history, preserving the good aspects of design from the past.
  • Explain the phases of design and how to integrate sustainable design into each phase.
  • 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.
  • Principles of sustainable site design and water use strategies, consumption of land; HVAC and electrical usage strategies.
  • Indoor Air Quality, Indoor Environmental Quality, daylighting; sustainable products.
  • Week #9 Assessment methods (i.e. LEED)
  • Assessing buildings (i.e. Passive House) ourselves.

Student Learning Outcomes
Articulate the building industries impact on the environment.

Integrate sustainable principles into the design phases.

Compare and critique different building evaluation systems.

Specify sustainable materials & processes, & document compliance with LEED

Articulate the economic impact and cost implications of design decisions from a life cycle analysis perspective

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