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Integrating Sustainable Building Design And Construction Principles Into Engineering Technology And Construction Management Curricula

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Trends in Construction Engineering III

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9.773.1 - 9.773.24



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Luke Nicholson

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Integrating Sustainable Building Design and Construction Principles into Engineering Technology and Construction Management Curricula By Luke A. Nicholson, P.E.

Paper Session #2221


A sustainable system can be defined as a system exhibiting the characteristics of

continued successful operation indefinitely without degrading or reducing the supplies

that feed the system, and without degrading the system’s surrounding environment. This

definition can easily be applied to the construction industry, and thus is born the concept

of sustainable design and construction. As the world’s population continues to grow at

an ever-increasing rate, implementation of resource-efficient measures in all areas of

human activity is imperative. The construction industry and the built environment in

general represent one of the clearest and most significant avenues where improvement is

obtainable and necessary. Buildings have a very significant impact on the environment,

accounting for one-sixth of the world’s fresh water withdrawals, one-quarter of its wood

harvest, and at least two-fifths of its material and energy flows. In the United States, the

construction industry represents 10%-12% of annual Gross Domestic Product. The

building construction and design industries have recently begun to recognize that a more

sustainable path must be implemented if the industry is to continue to survive and remain

a vibrant and significant portion of the economy, providing jobs as well as necessary

services. Historically the construction industry has selected the least expensive initial

Nicholson, L. (2004, June), Integrating Sustainable Building Design And Construction Principles Into Engineering Technology And Construction Management Curricula Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13282

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