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Practices of Sustainable Design for Homes (BSP705)

Course Description:

The main objective of the Practices part of Sustainable Design for Homes is to provide an extensive look at how the principles of sustainable design are applied in the design of a new home or renovation project. After a brief review of Part 1, the basics of sustainable design practice are reviewed: Energy efficiency, looking at insulation, ductwork, the building envelope, and roofing Water efficiency, fixtures and irrigation Materials, durability, recycling, and wood Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), moisture, VOCs, and air quality systems Advanced areas of sustainable design such as renewable energy and stormwater utilization

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe some of the design issues pertaining to critical components of the house
  • 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 home’s external surfaces
  • Describe some of the issues pertaining to recycled, regional, and wood building materials
  • Describe some of the key design issues that concern both moisture and VOCs in providing healthy indoor air quality
  • Describe some of the design considerations pertaining to renewable energy systems
Credits: AIA 1 AIA (HSW HSW) GBCI 1 GBCI

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