ENGS-44 "Sustainable Design"
Design for pollution prevention should be a key feature of the education of the next generation of engineers. (Sheldon K. Friedlander, National Academy of Engineering, 1994)
The next industrial revolution is the design revolution. (...) Let’s design buildings, products, cities--literally everything--so no harm is done. (William McDonough, 2000)
The only way to make change is to make that which you hope to change obsolete. (Buckminster Fuller)
An interdisciplinary introduction to the principles of design for sustainability, with emphasis on the built environment. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and a major design project, students will learn to design buildings and other infrastructure with low to no impact on the environment. Emphasis is on creative thinking, strategies for managing the complexity of the product life-cycle of the infrastructure, and the thorough integration of human and economic aspects in the design. Homework and project activities provide practice in relevant engineering analyses.
Prerequisites: ENGS 21 (Introduction to Engineering), and
ENGS 22 (Systems) or SART 65 (Architecture 1)
Distributive type: TAS (Technology & Applied Science).
Emil Cashin, Kevin Dahms, Natasha Herring and Robbie Moss
Suggested textbook – not required:
Green Building Fundamentals, by Mike Montoya
Pearson © 2010, 2nd edition, paperback ($44.29 retail)
192 pages, paperback
Sustainable Construction – Green Building Design and Delivery, by Charles J. Kibert, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, 2nd edition, by Sandra Mendler, William Odell and Mary Lazarus, John Wiley & Sons, 2006.
Okala Ecological Design, course guide by P. White, L. St.Pierre and S. Belletire, 2004.
Sustainable Construction and Design, by Regina Leffers, Prentice Hall, 2009.
Term-long design project (see separate description)
Critical readings (semi-weekly)
Homeworks (semi-weekly, problem sets based on main lectures)
Field trips (occasional, see separate schedule)
20% Problem sets
20% Reading critiques
60% Main project
25% mid-term progress presentation
35% final project presentation and written report