Design for Sustainability

Photograph of the Zion National Park Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center at Zion National Park is an example of a sustainable building, with features including photovoltaic panels and natural ventilation. (Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.)


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Fall 2006



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The course considers the growing popularity of sustainability and its implications for the practice of engineering, particularly for the built environment. Two particular methodologies are featured: life cycle assessment (LCA) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The fundamentals of each approach will be presented. Specific topics covered include water and wastewater management, energy use, material selection, and construction.

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Eric Adams, Jerome Connor, John Ochsendorf, and Rossella Nicolin. 1.964 Design for Sustainability. Fall 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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