Course Preview - The Practice of Sustainable Design: Commercial Buildings

The Practice of Sustainable Design: Commercial Buildings (BSP730)

Course Description:

This one-hour course provides an extensive review of how the principles of sustainable design are applied in the design of a new or renovated building. The following key areas are reviewed:

  • Energy efficiency, looking at insulation, ductwork, the building envelope, and green roofing
  • Water efficiency, plumbing systems and irrigation
  • Materials, durability, recycling, and interiors
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), VOCs, and air quality systems
  • Advanced areas of sustainable design such as renewable energy and stormwater utilization

An additional feature of the course is to provide relevant LEED® credit information along with the review described above. In virtually every topic in each of the key areas described above, the learner will find a brief description of what LEED credit is involved in the design options or implementation details being discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe some of the design issues pertaining to critical components of the building such as insulation, ductwork, the building envelope, and green roofs
  • Describe some of the sustainability practices that apply to efficient water delivery systems
  • Describe how durability is incorporated as a sustainable design principle when designing the building’s external surfaces
  • Describe some of the issues pertaining to recycled, regional, and wood building materials
  • Describe how sustainable design issues pertain to interior materials
  • Describe some of the key design issues that concern indoor environmental quality
  • Describe some of the design considerations pertinent to renewable energy systems, and rainwater and stormwater
  • Describe specific LEED credits that pertain to each of the above areas of commercial building design and construction

Credits: AIA 1 AIA (HSW HSW)

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