ARH 430 Climate & Energy Use: Sustainable Strategies

ARH 430 Climate & Energy Use Sustainable Strategies


Learn passive and innovative strategies to minimize a building’s aggressive energy and resource consumption. You’ll examine the benefits of renewable resources and well-building design, focusing on best practices revealed both in vernacular architecture and forward-thinking contemporary design case studies.

Prerequisites: ARH 315

Featured Image: Dutch Farm House

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.

NAAB Criteria


  • PC 3 Ecological Knowledge and Responsibility How the program instills in students a holistic understanding of the dynamic between built and natural environments, enabling future architects to mitigate climate change responsibly by leveraging ecological, advanced building performance, adaptation, and resilience principles in their work and advocacy activities.
  • SC 1 Health, Safety, Welfare in the Built Environment (understanding) How the program ensures that students understand the impact of the built environment on human health, safety, and welfare at multiple scales, from buildings to cities