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ARCH 4621 Sustainable Architecture: the Science and Politics of Green Building

Spring 2019

Jonathan Ochshorn

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Course outline

(Always under construction)

PART I: Introduction and history

week 1 Jan. 22, 2019
Introduction to sustainability, science, politics, and their interrelationships

week 2 Jan. 29, 2019 [assignment due]
History of sustainability: Vitruvius, Eitel, Diamond, Markham

week 3 Feb. 5, 2019 [assignment due]
History of sustainability: Leopold, Carson, Brundtland, McDonough

week 4 Feb. 12, 2019 [assignment due]
Sustainability in relation to politics and economics (Part I): Shapiro, Held & Hill; Janda et al.

week 5 Feb. 19, 2019 [assignment due] [in-class presentation assignment issued]
Sustainability in relation to politics and economics (Part II): Shapiro, Held & Hill; Janda et al.

PART II: LEED and its categories

week 6 Feb. 26, 2019 February Break — No Classes

week 7 March 5, 2019 [assignment due] [final paper issued]
LEED Intro: USGBC v3.0 and v4 Intro and Preface, Murphy

week 8 March 12, 2019 [assignment due]
LEED in relation to location-transportation and site: DiLorenzo, Jacobs, Weisman, Wilson, LEED Reference Guide (double-length reading)

week 9 March 19, 2019 [assignment due]
LEED in relation to energy: Crosby, Weissenbacher, Energy Codes 101, LEED Reference Guide

week 10: March 26, 2019 [assignment due]
LEED in relation to atmosphere: Royal Society & National Academy of Sciences, Gegenstandpunkt (on climate change), LEED Reference Guide

week 11 April 2, 2019: Spring Break — No Classes

week 12 April 9, 2019 [assignment due]
LEED in relation to water: Gross and Dodge; Outwater; LEED Reference Guide

week 13 April 16, 2019 [assignment due]
LEED in relation to materials: Roberts on LEED and vinyl; Moore, pro vinyl; Walsh, against vinyl, LEED Reference Guide

week 14 April 23, 2019 [assignment due] [in-class presentation assignment due]
LEED in relation to indoor environmental quality: Holladay; Laquatra; LEED Reference Guide. Course evaluations.

PART III: Case studies and conclusions

week 15 April 30, 2019
Case studies (student presentations of sustainable buildings)

week 16 May 7, 2019
Cases studies; the future of sustainability: what sustainability sustains; current issue.

Final paper due during exam week, day and time TBD (either deliver hard copy to my office, or email word.doc or pdf as attachment)