Welcome to Arch 8565

Cloud 9, Media-TIC, Barcelona, 2010. Photo by Iwan Baan.

MATERIAL PERFORMANCE IN SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

GRADUATE SEMINAR, SPRING 2014, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

The opportunity to design high performance “green” buildings challenges architects to create or find environmentally friendly materials and construction processes that suggest future value. Concepts such as designing for adaptability, disassembly, reuse, reduced waste or energy self-sufficiency promise important innovations. The selection of materials in architecture design and construction is inextricably linked to assessment methods for determining environmental and resource impacts over the life (and afterlife) of buildings.

This course investigates the complex issues associated with green building material selection, fabrication, construction and deconstruction processes in the production of high performance sustainable building designs. Using case studies and class exercises, students will apply LCA assessment tools (BEES, Athena, and others) as measures of green building performance, and creatively strategize the redesign of major building components.

Read more about this course here.