Past Track - Energy and Sustainability in the Built Environment

Advances in the use, conservation and management of building energy are expected to have a big impact on overall energy consumption. An EaSE Graduate Option Program specialization in Energy and Sustainability in the Built Environment provides students with knowledge and skills in building energy systems and understanding how to meet the objectives of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. Topics range from environmental control to sustainable housing, and energy usage and management.

Two courses from one of the four sets listed here will satisfy the specialization requirements.

Building Environments

ABE 436: Renewable Energy Systems
ABE 476: Indoor Air Quality Engineering
ABE 498: Special Topics; qualifies for this specialization if the section is Environmental Control for Buildings

Energy Transport

ME 400: Energy Conversion Systems
ME 401: Refrigeration and Cryogenics
ME 402: Design of Thermal Systems
ME 502: Thermal Systems
ME 520: Heat Conduction
ME 521: Convective Heat Transfer
ME 522: Thermal Radiation
ARCH 594 Spec Prob Building Sci & Tech qualifies for this specialization if the section is Building Mechanical Systems or Building Energy Simulation

Building Construction

ARCH 432: Construction of Buildings
ARCH 441: Heat and Moisture in Buildings
ARCH 576: Architectural Design Seminar; qualifies for this specialization when taken for at least 3 credit hours and the topic is Climate Responsive Building Skins or High-Performance Building. (Note: This course fills up quickly. Ask the instructor whether he or she will add you to the roster.)
CEE 498: Sustainable Construction Methods

Sustainable Built Environment

CEE 498 Special Topics qualifies for this specialization when taken for at least 3 credit hours and the topic is Sustainable Housing, Sustainable Urban Design, or another advisor-approved topic. Two approved courses of CEE 498 on different topics may be combined for a specialization area.
CEE 498 EWS: Sustainable Design of Energy and Water Systems
CEE 498 SIS: Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
ARCH 480: Sustainability Principles (2 credit hours; counts as one course towards the specialization or breadth requirement when combined with 1 to 2 advisor-approved additional hours.)
LA 450; Ecology for Land Restoration
UP 446: Sustainable Planning Seminar (formerly ARCH 580)
UP 547: Growth Mgmt and Regional Plng
UP 494: Special Topics in Planning; qualifies for this specialization when taken for at least 3 credit hours and the topic is Sustainable Site Planning