F&ES 894a / 2014-2015

Green Building: Issues and Perspectives

Credits: 3
Fall 2014: Th, 1:00-3:50, Kroon G01
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Our built environment shapes the planet, our communities, and each of us. Green building seeks to minimize environmental impacts, strengthen the fabric of our cities and towns, and make our work and home lives more productive and fulfilling. This course is an applied course, exploring both the technical and the social-business-political aspects of buildings. Topics will range from building science (hygrothermal performance of building enclosures) to indoor environmental quality; from product certifications to resilience (robust buildings and communities in the face of disasters and extended service outages). The purpose of this course is to build a solid background in the processes and issues related to green buildings, equipping students with practical knowledge about the built environment. Extensive use will be made of resources from BuildingGreen, Inc., one of the leading information companies supporting green building and green building professionals. The course is primarily a lecture-discussion one with some fieldwork, substantial emphasis on research and group project work, and online individual testing.

The course will be strengthened by several guest lectures, bringing in leading green building professionals from across the country and across many disciplines: from architecture to material science, from engineering to green building business. This class will meet once a week, with the instructor available to students during that same day. 

Limited to 24
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