Sustainable Building Design
Meeting growing global energy demand, while mitigating climate change and environmental impacts, requires a large-scale transition to clean, sustainable energy systems. Students and professionals around the world must prepare for careers in this future energy landscape, gaining relevant skills and knowledge to expedite the transformation in industry, government and nongovernmental organizations, academia, and nonprofits.
The building sector represents a large percentage of overall energy consumption, and contributes 40% of the carbon emissions driving climate change. Yet buildings also offer opportunities for substantial, economical energy efficiency gains. From retrofit projects to new construction, buildings require a context-specific design process that integrates efficiency strategies and technologies.
In this course, you'll be introduced to a range of technologies and analysis techniques for designing comfortable, resource-efficient buildings.
The primary focus of this course is the study of the thermal and luminous behavior of buildings. You'll examine the basic scientific principles underlying these phenomena, and use computer-aided design software and climate data to explore the role light and energy can play in shaping architecture.
These efficiency design elements are critical to the larger challenge of producing energy for a growing population while reducing carbon emissions.
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Who should attend?
- Strong English language skills
- Ability to perform basic mathematical operations
- Undergraduate study of architecture, physics, environmental science, sustainability, and/or engineering helpful
- Some experience with computer-aided design helpful
- Energy Use in Buildings
- Understanding Climate
- Designing with Climate
- Daylight Simulations
- Electric Lighting
- Heat Flow
- Thermal Loads
- Thermal Simulations
- Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation (HVAC)
- Designing a Sustainable Building
- Grading Final Project
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a partner institute of EdX.
8-10 hours per week
- Verified Track -$199
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Understand the scientific principles underlying the thermal and luminous behavior of buildings
- Learn to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a range of technologies for creating comfortable indoor environments
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