The manufacture of building materials, and the construction, use and deconstruction of buildings are, among others, the major cause of greenhouse gas emissions. In this age of climate change, it is critical to assess the environmental impacts of such materials and buildings. This course presents Carbon Footprint, a term used to discuss the amount of greenhouse gases that when emitted exacerbate the global warming of the planet. After a discussion of the background of Carbon Footprint, this course discusses the various concepts of terminologies and provides a deeper understanding of the environmental standards, the standards related to Carbon Footprint, the use of Carbon Footprint in volunteer building certification programs such as LEED, Green Globes, BREEAM, etc.
Learning Units: 5 LU/HSW
- Upon completion of this course, the student will understand Carbon Footprint in the context of buildings.
- The student will be able to learn various Carbon Footprint concepts such as Zero Net Carbon Buildings, Low Carbon Buildings, Carbon Neutrality, etc.
- The student will understand and be able to describe Carbon Footprint and its importance in the age of climate change.
- The student will have a full understanding regarding Carbon Footprint standards as well as its use in volunteer certification programs such as LEED, Green Globes, BREEAM, etc.
Course Author: Ravi Srinivasan