INDES 145 Introduction to Sustainable Design • 5 Cr.
Discover the past, present and future of "Green Design". How can we design more sustainable and healthy environments today? Students study global environmental issues and their impact on the design process, including the history, principles and theories of sustainability, life-cycle design practices, relevant green design terminology, and the LEED Green Building Rating System. Prerequisite: INDES 140 with a C- or better or equivalent course from another college or permission of instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Accurately identify and describe principles and theories of sustainablity using effective research methodologies.
- Understand and demonstrate the application of Cradle-to-Cradle Life-Cycle design practices by conducting critical evaluation of building materials using Cradle-to-Cradle criteria.
- Understand the application of the LEED Building Rating System by accurately identifying and describing how the five key areas of human and environmental health are managed for immediate and measurable impact on building material.
- Demonstrate an understanding of global environmental issues by identifying the ways in which sustainable design practices can help preserve the global ecosystem.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between built-environment and ecological systems by identifying ways in which these systems inform and influence each other during the design process.