|Class Title||Green Development|
The built environment is a major source of society’s environmental impact, and is a major opportunity to find solutions. Recent attention to “green construction” emerges in many domains including energy systems, water use, construction processes, architectural design, site planning and brownfield development, just to name a few. At present, environmental issues can be considered in seemingly
unlimited areas of the design and construction process. Yet, advances are slow. General perceptions assert that green construction costs too much money; that the technologies are not available for meaningful change, and opportunities are rare. This seminar addresses these concerns. This is a survey course. Its goal is to explore this question from many perspectives. We will cover motivations for undertaking green construction projects, technical aspects of their design, obstacles to getting them done, and future directions of the field. The course is intended to increase awareness of green construction issues, so that students will know the range of existing knowledge and issues. Every student that takes this course may one day be involved in the design of a new home or office building. In that position rests the opportunity to shape living and working spaces that reduce their burden on the environment, both for the users’ benefit, and the benefit of generations to come.
|Prereq||none entered yet|