Buildings and the environment have a symbiotic relationship: not only does the environment impact the materials, design, and lifespan of a building, but buildings play a role in climate change. This puts architects, engineers, designers, and others in the AEC industry in the unique position of being able to contribute to sustainability initiatives, helping to mitigate climate change through sustainable practices, including adopting innovative HVAC technologies that will positively impact future generations.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the state of the climate and the ways in which climate and other external factors inform or influence building design.
  • Evaluate the current inefficiencies of buildings and the potential future impacts on a growing population.
  • Identify ways to mitigate climate change and resolve building inefficiencies via HVAC and other methods.
  • Discover opportunities to earn LEED credits and other energy certifications.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of sustainable design best practices.