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Sustainable Design 101: A Syllabus Supplement for Green Building Coursework

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College professors: here’s a curriculum module you can use to introduce students to sustainable design using BuildingGreen articles.

Boston University Admissions Building retrofit by Goody Clancy

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Intended for design professionals, BuildingGreen provides an independent “living textbook” that integrates perfectly with sustainable design courses while exposing students to the most cutting-edge sustainability strategies and real-world green building case studies.

Here we offer an Intro to Sustainable Design curriculum especially formulated for institutions that have access to the following articles through a campus-wide BuildingGreen subscription.

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Introduction to Sustainable Design: Syllabus and Assigned Readings

Week 1—Welcome and Introductions

Lecture: Introduction to the green building movement

Video: PBS Architecture 2030 Ed Mazria – Design e2


Week 2—The Scope of Green Building

Lecture: Whole-systems thinking and integrated design; introduction to LEED and Living Building Challenge


Week 3—Looking Beyond Buildings

Lecture: Green building is about more than buildings.


Week 4—Land-Use Planning

Lecture: The importance of land-use planning in creating sustainable communities


Week 5—Site and Landscape

Lecture: Integrating buildings into the landscape


Week 6—Water Management on the Site

Lecture: Stormwater and innovative management practices


Week 7—Water Conservation

Lecture: Understanding and conserving what could become the greatest restraint on development


Week 8—Energy Conservation and Efficiency

Lecture: Green building begins with energy savings.


Week 9—Renewable Energy

Lecture: After reducing our demand, considering our energy supply

Week 10—Buildings and Health

Lecture: An unhealthy building cannot be a green building.


Week 11—Buildings and Wellness

Lecture: A healthy indoor environment extends beyond concerns about toxic chemicals and pathogens.


Week 12—Materials and Resources

Lecture: Understanding the environmental impacts of what goes into our buildings


Week 13—Material Health

Lecture: Understanding the health impacts of what goes into our buildings


Week 14—Building Durability

Lecture: Longer-lasting buildings are greener buildings.


Week 15—Looking Ahead – Climate Adaptation

Lecture: Today’s buildings must be adaptable to an uncertain future.


Week 16 – Wrap-up

      Lecture: Course review

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