1.964 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.

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Dr. Eric Adams
Prof. Jerome Connor
Prof. John Ochsendorf

Teaching Assistant:
Rossella Nicolin

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session



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