Buildings are responsible for the largest share of energy use of all sectors (38 percent), have the largest share of carbon-dioxide emissions after the power sector, and through building envelopes have the largest share of impact on building energy and comfort. How can building information modeling (BIM) not just represent but also simulate building envelopes for air, water leakage, and optimization? This course proposes that this could be our industry “moon shot” to achieve processes, technologies, and organizational transformation to improve envelope performance. The “moon shot challenge” however is not just about technologies, but also about a whole new way of approaching the envelope in the context of architectural design, practice management, construction, and facility operations. “Who owns the envelope?” is a critical question that will be discussed. This course is fully approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 4 continuing education hours for architects. You do not need to be a member of the AIA to complete this course for continuing education credit in order to maintain your architect license. This course is accepted for continuing education in all 50 states and can be completed either online or self-study.
Learning Units: 4.0 LU/HSW (4 hours)
- Recognize what “green building” means as well as the global context of sustainable or green buildings.
- Evaluate building information modeling (BIM), integrated project delivery, and existing technologies for green building design as well as current challenges in achieving effective implementation of these technologies.
- Recognize the role of building-envelope airtightness in sustainable building envelope design and discover ways to achieve LEED points for an airtight building envelope.
- Review the roles of key industry organizations in support of the “moon shot” innovation initiative.