Course Information: ARCH 4621
Department of Architecture, Cornell University

ARCH 4621 Sustainable Architecture: the Science and Politics of Green Building

Spring 2021

Jonathan Ochshorn

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Time: Tuesdays 11:20 am - 1:15 pm. Instruction mode: Online

Description: Students will examine the six basic components of sustainable building design (location, site, water, energy, materials, and IEQ) from both a historical perspective and as implemented through the LEED/USGBC rating system, in each case comparing the issues raised by building and environmental science with the political context within which those issues are considered.

While not its primary purpose, this course will provide an excellent introduction for students planning to take the LEED Green Associate or Accredited Professional (AP) exam.

Format and Procedures: Primarily seminar format, including individual student presentations.

Open to all architecture students, as well as others in the university with an interest in green buildings and the political/economic context in which "green" is defined.

3 credit hours.
Prerequisite: none.

Course requirements described in the "trailer" may need to be adjusted due to the Spring 2021 online teaching modality. Watch old course trailer on YouTube