Sustainability, the ability to maintain a certain level of performance, for a determined amount of time. In this course, we will examine the 3 pillars of sustainability including the impact on the planet or environment, economic impact, and social acceptance. In addition, the course will explore the concept of resiliency and how building materials must be resilient to be sustainable.

Finally, the course will look at how cladding plays a role in these concepts by considering whether or note the material supports a minimal impact to the environment and a defense against elements - such as wind, rain, moisture, and UV rays - that could leave the structure intact with minimal maintenance.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine best practices in building materials specific to sustainability and resiliency.
  • Examine the science of life cycle analysis specific to materials and their impact on the environment.
  • Analyze the concept of recyclability and how this and how companies can work to keep materials out of landfills.
  • Identify resources available for architects and designers who specify polymeric cladding.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of polymeric cladding applications.