A comprehensive course that focuses on sustainable design through energy conservation, passive solar architecture, and advanced computer energy simulation techniques. Develop thorough understanding of "Green Building Design"; currently the fastest growing segment of the building industry. Master advanced computer energy analysis using the industry standards DOE's eQUEST software. Learn about the LEED' "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" Green Building Rating System for New Construction and become a LEED' Accredited Professional.  Graduate-level requirements include an  additional research report on selected passive solar systems.


  • Be aware of the principles and theories that deal with environmental context and the architect's responsibility with respect to the global environmental issues, including sustainability, relevant codes, regulations and standards and their application to physical and environmental systems.
  • Understanding and review of major environmental systems that emphasize energy conservation and passive solar techniques including investigation of human factors, climate/microclimate and building envelop.
  • Enable the students to acquire the necessary skills to conduct site survey methods, use of tools and instruments and to run computer energy simulation programs as tools to analyze the energy performance of existing residential and commercial building and/or new esign projects.
Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E