ARH 430 Climate & Energy Use: Sustainable Strategies

ARH 430 Climate & Energy Use Sustainable Strategies


This course examines methods of passive building strategies that minimize a building’s energy consumption. The course will consider the costs and benefits of renewable practices such as photo-voltaic panels and wind power. Students will learn to evaluate the effects of passive solar design, thermal mass, glazing types, and wall construction.

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Course Learning Outcomes


  • Discuss the global and local environmental realities that guide sustainable development, green building, and ‘green living.’
  • Discuss the financial rationale for green, or ‘high-performance,’ building.
  • Differentiate between current green certification programs, standards, and codes.
  • Articulate green project goals and describe strategies toward their implementation.
  • Critique/evaluate building designs and provide constructive suggestions for reducing environmental impacts and ongoing operating costs.
  • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC A.7 History and Global Culture: Understanding of the parallel and divergent histories of architecture and the cultural norms of a variety of indigenous, vernacular, local, and regional settings in terms of their political, economic, social, ecological, and technological factors
  • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.6 Environmental Systems: Ability to demonstrate the principles of environmental systems’ design, how design criteria can vary by geographic region, and the tools used for performance assessment. This demonstration must include active and passive heating and cooling, solar geometry, daylighting, natural ventilation, indoor air quality, solar systems, lighting systems, and acoustics