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Lecture 2

Lecture 2

Sustainability by design

Information for your cards
Information for your cards

  • Name

  • Major

  • Year

  • Email address you will check regularly


  • Main interest in taking this class, what you intend to get out of it

Service learning assignments
Service learning assignments

  • A way for you to connect with low-cost housing construction in our area

    • Poverty

    • Is it possible for “green design” to be low-cost?

  • Learn something about how houses are built, materials, project planning, etc

  • Write up a contract to agree to 32 hours work

    • Should be signed by Susan Bishop or Pam Dorr and will require their signature

  • All hours are to be logged on SL Pro


  • The LEED-NC process is well documented in the HOK text

    • Great if you are interested in commercial construction, provides background for the LEED process as practiced in industry

  • Others are posted online or handed out in class

  • Much will be on a ‘need to know’ basis as everyone may be doing different sorts of projects

How this class works
How this class works

  • Service learning (ongoing)

  • Theory and discussion (weekly seminar)

  • Work in teams of engineering/NC students

  • Choose a semester project to be the focus of your green design

  • The last half of the class is spent on this project

  • Produce a comprehensive design portfolio, presentation to stakeholders, full report with specifications, display poster

  • GOALS: some LEED experience, practical design experience

  • If you want to become a LEED AP, you can use this class as a jumping off point for your study

    • But this class is not an exam prep class

Semester projects idea 1
Semester projects: idea 1

  • Green redesign of a small house or commercial space

    • Ideally, one that’s replicable and being replicated

      • Your project will have ongoing impact

    • Based on an existing design

      • You get access to design and materials list/budget from partner organization

  • Framework: LEED NC or LEED-Homes

  • Work with organization to develop green innovation that is within the relevant budget and other constraints

Semester projects idea 2
Semester projects: idea 2

  • Partner with Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization (HERO) on the neighborhood design for the “50 zeroes” project

  • 1-2 groups

  • Must have some expertise in AutoCAD – drawings will be required

  • Framework: LEED for Neighborhood Development, LEED-Homes, other input from HERO

  • Work with HERO on a development plan that will result in a viable neighborhood

Semester projects idea 3
Semester projects: idea 3

  • Green redesign of an existing building

  • Framework: LEED-EB, others

  • Two current options (2 groups)

    • Building at Canterbury Chapel

      • Contact: Jon Chalmers

    • Willie King’s studio, New Memphis, Alabama

      • Contact: Debbie Bond

  • Must be able to get or produce PLANS for the building as constructed

  • Must design improvements to fit the client’s desires under a budget specified by them

Reflection papers
Reflection papers

  • You’ll write these on your own and share them with the class

  • Informed by service learning work

  • Topic one (two parts):

  • What does owning a home mean in America?

  • Is our current housing system sustainable? Why or why not? Consider economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

Design projects in this class
Design projects in this class

  • Identify project:

    • How are you interested in contributing to the sustainable landscape?

  • Identify project scope with stakeholders

  • Identify LEED tools

  • Work through all credits systematically

  • For each credit:

    • Potential improvements

    • Cost

      • Capital costs

      • Operating costs

      • Life-cycle costing

    • What are the barriers to implementation?

      • Availability of materials and products?

      • Contractor knowledge/ability

      • Industry standards

      • Code issues

      • Materials or labor costs

More on the design process
More on the design process

  • What other, innovative ideas could help increase sustainability?

    • Economic

    • Environmental (and health)

    • Social

  • “Meeting our needs without compromising future needs”

  • Develop a spreadsheet to document credits

More intro on leed
More intro on LEED

  • LEED CREDIT CATEGORIES for New Construction:

  • Sustainable sites (SS)

  • Water efficiency (WE)

  • Energy and atmosphere (EA)

  • Materials and resources (MR)

  • Indoor environmental quality (IEQ)

  • Innovation and design (ID)

Credit categories for leed homes
Credit categories for LEED-Homes

  • Innovation and design process (ID)

  • Location and linkages (LL)

  • Sustainable sites (SS)

  • Water efficiency (WE)

  • Energy and atmosphere (EA)

  • Materials and resources (MR)

  • Indoor environmental quality (EQ)

  • Awareness and education (AE)


  • 14 February: topic due

  • 28 February: proposed project outline due

  • 6 March: midterm report and project presentation due

    • To a group of stakeholders and reviewers

    • For feedback and for staying on track

  • 1 May: final report, design portfolio, and poster due

  • 8 May: final presentation to stakeholders and reviewers (& open to the public)


  • Introduction to blueprints

  • Reading plans, “material takeoffs”

  • Introduction to LEED process

    • LEED-NC sustainable sites and materials credits

For next time
For next time

  • Go over Handouts, become familiar with all credits related to sustainable sites and materials

  • LEED-Homes – read through and acquaint yourself with the basics

  • Pp 41-48 in HOK book on Project Definition for commercial projects

  • Begin logging hours on SL Pro