Buildings Educational Materials
Curricula, Publications and Resources
Signs Curriculum Materials Project
This curriculum package, intended for architecture students, addresses
physical building performance issues. The materials "seek
to instill a fundamental awareness about the numerous ways in
which design decisions affect a building's physical performance--from
energy use, to indoor environmental quality, to occupant well-being."
The Center for Sustainable Systems, housed at the University
of Michigan, has a number of on-line documents available that
focus on sustainable architecture. The documents are portions
of curricula modules.
Design Education Initiative
A strategic partnership of the Interior Design Educators Council
(IDEC), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA),
the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and
Metropolis Magazine, who have pooled their resources to gather,
share and disseminate information about green design.
Utility Report Cards
A web-based Energy Information System that reports and graphs monthly utility data for schools. In addition to helping school staff track and compare energy use, the URC is also intended for teachers and students to use as an instructional tool to complement energy education materials available through DOE's EnergySmart Schools program.
Home Energy Checkup and Audit
The Alliance to Save Energy offers an interactive Home Energy Checkup that provides instant feedback. There's also a version of the audit to use as a home energy lesson plan for children.
for a Sustainable Environment
This website from the EASE project offers recommendations, strategies
and models for sustainably-oriented curriculum reform in architectural
Green: Design with Values
A special supplement to Metropolis Magazine addresses sustainable
design education, reporting on the Metropolis survey on green
design education, as well as the May 2002 "Teaching Green"
College and University Programs
Degrees with Sustainable Emphasis
The Wallace Research Group offers an online listing of International
Architecture and Building Environment degree programs with some
measure of emphasis on sustainable, environmental or green design
State University Major in Environmental Design
The university offers a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts
with undergraduate Major in Environmental Design, for students
interested in alternative careers in design, construction, and
Science Program, University of California at Berkeley
This program is dedicated to the energy efficiency and environmental
quality of buildings. It offers bachelor's, masters and doctorate
degrees, as well as research opportunities.
in Sustainable Design
Boston Architectural Center offers a Certificate in Sustainable
Design that may be earned at either the undergraduate or graduate
level, that focuses on sustainable design and green practices
in building design.
An educational institute providing undergraduate and graduate
design students with a detailed understanding of the impact
that design has on the environment and exposing them to alternative
strategies for reducing that impact. Ecosa also offers programs
for architecture instructors.
San Francisco Institute
The Institute offers a Master of Ecological Design degree program
with options for students with architecture degrees, degrees
in other fields, or work experience. The Institute also offers
distance learning courses in Ecological Design, Planning and
of Texas at Austin
The Graduate Architecture program at the University of Texas
at Austin offers a Certificate of Specialization in Sustainable
Design in conjunction with its Master of Architecture degree.
Workshops and Training
The U.S. Green Building Council offers introductory, intermediate
and advanced trainings in its LEED rating system at numerous
locations throughout the country each year.
Design Professional Development Program
NCARB, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards,
offers a monograph on Sustainable Design that discusses theory
and practice and presents detailed case studies. Architects
complete an online quiz to receive continuing education learning
Through their Education for Sustainability project, EDI introduces
the principles of ecological design to children and youth through
hands-on design/build projects linking culture, nature and techology.
Nature Sustainable Design Program
Within Second Nature's education for sustainability work, the
sustainable design program focuses on assessing, advocating,
and institutionalizing sustainable design in architecture and
design schools and conducting professional outreach.
Buildings Industry Council
The SBIC offers several different workshops which can be customized
and offered on location. Topics available include "Low-Energy,
Sustainable Building Design for Federal Managers," and
"Green Building Guidelines: Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy,
Solar Energy International
Solar Energy International offers workshops on installation
of solar and wind power systems, design of solar homes and natural
Offers workshops and classes for owner-builders
and contractors on how to build with adobe, rammed earth, pressed
block and other indigenous building technologies, as well as
passive solar workshops.
Nonprofit organization offering hands-on courses in design/build
construction for homeowners and students or professionals. One
or two-week courses or weekend workshops are offered for homeowners
or for-credit courses are offered for architecture students
or professionals. The Design/Build curriculum teaches students
to integrate the design and construction processes. Some courses
are especially appropriate for individuals who have real architectural
projects in mind, while other courses teach specific design
and construction skills to the serious student or professional.
Course topics include solar design, ecological design and materials,
strawbale home construction, and use of other alternative and
traditional building materials.
Last updated: January 18, 2005
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