4.447J / 1.819J
Design for Sustainability

Presents thought processes and quantitative tools, including life-cycle assessment (LCA) and the LEED rating system, applicable to integrated/whole building design with the goal of minimizing the waste of materials, energy, and water. Readings, lectures, site visits, and assignments encourage systematic thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration to make sustainable design a reality. Includes a team project of students' choice, such as a conceptual design of a sustainable new building, a "green" retrofit, or a comparative LCA.