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Adams, Eric, Jerome Connor, John Ochsendorf, and Rossella Nicolin, 1.964 Design for Sustainability, Fall 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 08 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Design for Sustainability

Fall 2006

Photograph of the Zion National Park Visitor Center.
The Visitor Center at Zion National Park is an example of a sustainable building, with features including photovoltaic panels and natural ventilation. (Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes from the instructors and guest lecturers, and examples of student presentations in the projects section.

Course Description

The course considers the growing popularity of sustainability and its implications for the practice of engineering, particularly for the built environment. Two particular methodologies are featured: life cycle assessment (LCA) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The fundamentals of each approach will be presented. Specific topics covered include water and wastewater management, energy use, material selection, and construction.

Syllabus

The course considers the growing popularity of sustainability and its implications for the practice of engineering, particularly for the built environment. Two particular methodologies are featured: life cycle assessment (LCA) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The LCA methodology is a rigorous, quantitative approach to environmental impact evaluation that tallies the impacts of products throughout their lifetimes; it has been used successfully in a number of industries (particularly packaging and manufacturing) but less frequently in the built environment. The LEED rating system awards points to projects for achieving specific goals considered relevant to sustainable design, and rates built projects according to the total number of points achieved. The fundamentals of each approach will be presented. Specific topics covered include water and wastewater management, energy use, material selection, and construction.

Class meetings will consist of general lectures and guest lectures, often followed by a tutorial/discussion session. Students are required to conduct and present a group case study, the topic of which will be decided per group according to interest.

Course Grading

ACTIVITIES PERCENTAGES
Homework 2 - Carbon Dioxide 10%
Homework 3 - Life Cycle Assessment 10%
Homework 4 - Sustainable Buildings and Sites 20%
Final Project 60%

Each homework will be assigned one week before the due date, with the sole exception of the Final Project.

Calendar

LEC # TOPICS KEY DATES
1

Introduction

The Green Engineer
Chris Schaffner, The Green Engineer, LLP

 
2 Sustainability and the Building Industry
Prof. John Ochsendorf, MIT Architecture
Homework 1 due
3 Current U.S. Trends
Prof. John Ochsendorf, MIT Architecture
Homework 2 due
4 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Dana Ozik, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering
 
5 Sustainable Design in Practice
Mark Webster, SGH Consulting Engineers
Homework 3 due
6 The Genzyme Building
Rick Aimes, Next Phase Studios
Byron Stigge, Buro Happold Consulting Engineers
 
7 Student Presentations

Homework 4 due

Final Project assigned

8 Energy in Buildings
Prof. Leslie Norford, MIT Architecture
Project proposal due
9 Materials
Prof. John Fernandez, MIT Architecture
 
10 Water and Sanitation
Dr. Eric Adams, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project progress report due
11 Stata Center Tour
Robert Cunkelman, MIT
 
12 Project Working Session  
13 Final Presentations 1 Presentation due
14 Final Presentations 2 Report due



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