ARCH 4621
Sustainable Architecture: The Science and Politics of Green Building

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Repentance and Redemption, Ron Barett, the New York Times.

  • Instructor: Jonathan Ochshorn
  • Time: T 2:30–4:25 p.m.
  • Location: 261C East Sibley Hall
  • Credits: 3

Students will examine the six basic components of sustainable building design (location, site, water, energy, materials, and IEQ) from both a historical perspective and as implemented through the LEED/USGBC rating system, in each case comparing the issues raised by building and environmental science with the political context within which those issues are considered. While not its primary purpose, this course will provide an excellent introduction for students planning to take the LEED Green Associate or Accredited Professional (AP) exam.

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