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Joshua H. Cloud
CM 540
Seattle Campus

Sustainable Construction

Study of sustainable construction techniques and best practices. Focuses on use of U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards to evaluate alternatives and select techniques for constructing sustainable projects. Offered: Sp.

Class description

CM 540 is a study of green building as it applies to commercial and institutional buildings. Over the course of the quarter students will be introduced to the many strategies, processes, and materials used for the design and construction of high performance green buildings. The course will look at the industry from the perspective of the general contractor, using the U.S. Green Building Councilís LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard as a framework to discuss the current environment of the industry, while also helping students to realize the ecological, economic, and social benefits of green building. Theory, history, current state of the industry, and best practices will be analyzed as students will be expected to apply readings and the material discussed in class towards weekly case studies and a final term project that will be used to measure overall understanding of the subject matter.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joshua H. Cloud
Date: 03/06/2008