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
This course features lecture notes
from the instructors and guest lecturers, and examples of student presentations in the projects
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.