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T3-D: The Development of a Pilot University Course in Partnership with USGBC to Engage Future Sustainability-minded Professionals

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Richard Petty

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5-3-2018 3:45 PM

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This paper describes an undergraduate engineering technical elective developed for the James Madison University (JMU) Department of Engineering in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The course, ENGR 498 Green Building and Construction, was offered during the spring semester of 2017. During the course, students explored the topics of building science, construction, and the complexities of sustainable design through the lens of LEED certification programs. The goal was to support the development of sustainability-minded industry professionals and to introduce students to careers in green building and construction. Real-world experiences were achieved through engagement with existing on-campus LEED certified buildings, interacting with USGBC/GBCI professionals, and practicing architecture professionals. Site visits to an industrial construction site, a residential “green” construction site, and University buildings served as rich learning environments. Students learned how to perform energy audits, were given an introduction to energy modeling of structures, and performed an analysis of existing storm water collection systems for verification of targeted LEED point categories.

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Mar 5th, 3:45 PM

T3-D: The Development of a Pilot University Course in Partnership with USGBC to Engage Future Sustainability-minded Professionals

Richard Petty

This paper describes an undergraduate engineering technical elective developed for the James Madison University (JMU) Department of Engineering in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The course, ENGR 498 Green Building and Construction, was offered during the spring semester of 2017. During the course, students explored the topics of building science, construction, and the complexities of sustainable design through the lens of LEED certification programs. The goal was to support the development of sustainability-minded industry professionals and to introduce students to careers in green building and construction. Real-world experiences were achieved through engagement with existing on-campus LEED certified buildings, interacting with USGBC/GBCI professionals, and practicing architecture professionals. Site visits to an industrial construction site, a residential “green” construction site, and University buildings served as rich learning environments. Students learned how to perform energy audits, were given an introduction to energy modeling of structures, and performed an analysis of existing storm water collection systems for verification of targeted LEED point categories.