At the end of this course the student will have/be able to/will understand:
An understanding of what is being referred to, when "net zero" is being discussed.
An overview of broad strategies used in designing sustainable buildings.
Identifying sources of more environmentally friendly materials for incorporation in projects.
Why buildings renovated for adaptive reuse are arguably the greenest buildings.
How incorporating passive design principles can reduce future energy use.
Use of the earth's temperature below the frost line to preheat and precool incoming air.
A good understanding of different options for insulating building envelopes.
How LEED certification can be sought and obtained.
Different ways in which green power can be purchased.
Criteria that can be used in purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates.
The various technologies used to generate power on site from renewable resources.
Steps to be taken in planning for an on-site renewable generation project.
The primary differences between renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets.
How clean water state revolving funds are used to finance conservation projects.