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Implementing Leed Course Contents In The Bachelors Curriculum

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Conference

2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Curricular Developments in Energy Education

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

15.684.1 - 15.684.10

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https://peer.asee.org/16214

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51

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Jaby Mohammed The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi

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Sana Nawaz Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne

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Reynaldo Pablo Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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IMPLEMENTING LEED COURSE CONTENTS IN THE BACHELORS CURRICULUM

Abstract

Mounting energy constraints are enhancing the trend for sustainability; creating proficient demand for GREEN Building experts. This trend highlights the importance of individuals with LEED Professional Accreditation in hand. In today’s competitive market individual’s latent talents have to be exhibited effectively to make it count. LEED Accredited Professionals can tangibly bolster the efforts towards comprehending the idea of GREEN building industry in particular and render their valuable services towards the community at large. This research enlightens us on implementation of the courses required for LEED Accreditation in the curriculum of students at graduate level. This will provide students with an opportunity and platform to prepare for LEED Accreditation Exam alongside their formal university graduation. The research includes the implementation of LEED in the curriculum of Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and the results of two surveys conducted to ascertain the response of Indiana University-Purdue University students’ and Construction Industry across North East Indiana towards LEED Accreditation in general and LEED Accredited Professionals in particular.

Introduction

The need of the hour makes it incumbent for buildings to go ‘GREEN’ as there is no other way to circumscribe the growing energy crises. One of the most authoritative rating system to certify buildings as ‘GREEN’ is United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating System. The number of projects acquiring certification under United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Rating System is increasing at a great rate ensuing in the increased demand for the LEED Accredited Professionals.

A LEED Accredited Professional is one who has passed the LEED (AP) exam and withholds the awareness and skills needed to participate in the design process. The Professional encompasses the necessary skills to streamline the application and certification process. While government and professional organization are actively participating in promoting sustainability, the educational institutes are relatively slow in recognizing the need to incorporate sustainability concepts in their curricula. This issue needs to be addressed and the circumstances behoove the academic institutes to produce architects and engineers having a profound knowledge of LEED rating system in particular and sustainable design in general. Indian University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne has taken these facts into consideration and implemented Sustainable design in its curriculum of Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering Technology first time in spring 2008, The University is interested in getting its students and North East Indiana market response towards LEED Accreditation and evaluating that incorporating LEED contents in the curriculum was a prudent decision to achieve the aim of producing professionals having a consummate command over sustainable design.

Mohammed, J., & Nawaz, S., & Pablo, R. (2010, June), Implementing Leed Course Contents In The Bachelors Curriculum Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16214

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