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

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Ron Barrett, in "Carbon-Neutral Is Hip, But Is It Green?", New York Times, 2007.

  • Instructor: Jonathan Ochshorn
  • Time: T 2:30–4:25 p.m.
  • Location: 142 E Sibley
  • Credits: 3
  • Territory of Investigation: Architecture and Ecology

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.

Format and Procedures: Primarily seminar format, including individual student presentations. Open to all architecture students, as well as others in the university with an interest in green buildings and the political/economic context in which "green" is defined.

Prerequisite: none.

Instructor permission required:

I had included criteria when the class was listed for pre-enrollment. Therefore, instructor permission is only needed for students who were unable to pre-enroll online.

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