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2021-2022 College Catalog 
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BCT 265 - Sustainability for Building Trades

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Fundamentals of sustainable design. Includes green building practices and implementation. Also includes green building concepts, site and building planning and development, materials, strategies, cost benefit analysis, and practical applications in the current construction business environment.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss current green building standards.
  2. Explore strategies for employing green building design and development.
  3. Examine environmental impacts of building or not building green.
  4. Investigate economic impacts of building or not building green.
  5. Identify and research historical perspectives of green building practices.
  6. Develop a vocabulary of technical terms related to environmental projects with the impact of sustainable design.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to understand the roll of the owner, contractor, civil engineer, architect, building official and the LEED Accredited Professional (AP).
  8. Evaluate cost implication of green building.
  9. Discuss site development, sustainable water usage onsite, and impacts and control of water runoff.
  10. Explain site selection strategies.
  11. Discuss building commissioning, startup, and use with identification of key players.

  1. Green Building Fundamentals and Sustainability in the Building Industry
    1. The bottom line
    2. Economic, social, and environmental imperatives          
  2. Sustainable Design and Green Building
    1. Sustainable design practices
    2. Reduction, reuse, and recycling of materials
    3. Green building practices
    4. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
  3. Evaluating Cost Implications of Green Building
    1. Soft and capital costs
    2. Life-cycle cost and long term investment considerations
  4. Site Development Considerations
    1. Site evaluation
    2. Site development
    3. Brownfield development strategies
    4. Encouraging alternative transportation
    5. Reducing site disturbance
    6. Reducing heat island effect
    7. Reducing pollution of site from building and lighting
    8. Building orientation          
  5. Managing Site Water Runoff
    1. Erosion and sedimentation
    2. Stormwater management
  6. Improving Water Use Efficiency
    1. Water efficient landscaping
    2. Water efficient buildings
    3. Recycling wastewater
    4. Rainwater reuse
  7. Improving a Buildings Energy Efficiency
    1. Heating and cooling systems
    2. Passive solar heating and cooling
    3. Maximizing energy performance
  8. Renewable Energy Sources    
    1. Wind, photovoltaic,
    2. solar thermal, geothermal,
    3. hydroelectric, biomass, and tidal systems
  9. Onsite Renewable Energy Sources
    1. Photovoltaic
    2. Biomass
    3. Geothermal
    4. Wind
    5. Hybrid systems
  10. Improving a Building’s Material Use
    1. Reusing existing building stock
    2. Selecting building materials
    3. Recycled materials
    4. Material transportation impacts
    5. Rapidly renewable resources
    6. Recycling construction waste
  11. Improving a Building’s Indoor Environmental Quality
    1. Ventilation systems
    2. Methods for improving indoor air quality during construction

Effective Term:
Summer 2015

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