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M - Intermediate

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Typically offered:

Every other year

Every day, we live, work, study, eat, play, relax and sleep in buildings. Americans spend around 87% of our time inside buildings. What makes a building sustainable? This course will be an exploration of green building concepts, materials, and best practices. We will use the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process as a framework for understanding buildings, including their materials, energy use, water consumption, site location, occupant health, and interconnection with the surrounding community. LEED is the most widely used green building certification in the world, with more than 110,000 certified projects representing 24 billion square feet of building space. This course will include field trips to local building projects and/or building material producers, presentation(s) from architects or design professionals, reading core LEED materials, independent research, and group projects. Students will apply their knowledge to building projects on or off campus. Students will be evaluated based on participation in class, completion of homework assignments and group projects/presentations. Students who complete this course will be prepared for the LEED Green Associate exam and certification ($100 cost to complete certification). This course is designed for students interested in construction, design, sustainability, community planning, climate resiliency, and touches on an array of other subject areas


ES10506 Physics & Math of Sustainable Energy, or permission of instructor.

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