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ARCH 1030 - Sustainable Building Design & Construction

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly CNST 1030)

Our built environment has an impact on the natural environment, and on our health and well-being. Students will analyze the building site, determine sustainable building systems and materials based on current USGBC LEED principles and requirements, and propose the integration of technology to create a comprehensive design and construction solutions.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

When Offered: Fall semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply industry-appropriate terminology of sustainable building principles.


  1. Define terminology of sustainable building principles
  2. Use terms associated with sustainable design and construction.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to utilize the USGBC green building council LEED rating system within a new residential and commercial building.


  1. Identify the different LEED Certifications including Commercial and Homes.
  2. Recognize the levels of certification including Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
  3. Identify the environmental categories that can achieve points for certification.
  4. Describe LEED Green Associates and other professional certifications.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recommend strategies to reduce environment concerns about the site conditions and the ecological footprint of construction operations.


  1. Explain different strategies that can be used to reduce the footprint of construction operations
  2. Analyze the impact of human settlement on the environment.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to evaluate the use of proper building materials to maintain a sustainable building.


  1. Identify the composition of materials used in a building.
  2. Indicate different material life cycle environmental impact.
  3. Investigate ways to salvage and utilize existing materials and equipment, structures, sites, and fixtures.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze water supply and waste water systems.


  1. Outline ways to reduce water consumption
  2. Explain strategies for protecting water quality
  3. Describe individual and neighborhood wastewater treatment systems

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compare different mechanical and electrical systems energy efficiencies.


  1. Identify various energy efficient mechanical systems
  2. Identify various energy efficient electrical systems
  3. Identify various energy efficient materials within the building design

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to calculate the benefits and cost of green building design and construction.


  1. Compare the initial cost of green design and construction with the savings over the lifetime of the building.
  2. Identify various costs of sustainable materials.

Outcome 8: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to generate a BIM 3D model with sustainable features.


  1. Create solar sun studies
  2. Complete an energy analysis
  3. Create recyclable material lists
  4. Select materials based on thermal properties.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Terminology of sustainable design and construction
  2. USGBC and LEED
  3. Ecological Footprint
  4. Building Materials
  5. Water Supply
  6. Waste Water Systems
  7. Mechanical and Electrical Systems
  8. Cost of Green Building Design and Construction
  9. BIM Sustainable Documentation and Analysis

Primary Faculty
Grant, Janice
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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