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.
AIA Course Number: AIAPDH150
Learning Units: 5 LU/HSW