June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
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The Innovative Development of Sustainable Technologies in Undergraduate Programs: Case Study – Bio-Diesel Project
Sustainable principles and the so-called “green” technologies apply to all building systems from planning to design and from construction to operations and deconstruction. The construction industry has recently realized the necessity of having their engineers to get acquainted with green building practices. In this paper, a project has been developed and is aimed at developing two pedagogical models within the curriculum; one is to cover the theoretical and practice-oriented sustainability components, and the other is for implementing applied research in the area of sustainability. Many students undertook both models during their program of study and as a result reaped the benefits of their developed skills in a fairly new realm of engineering, i.e. sustainable engineering and green construction. The outcomes of implementing these two models were visible and appeared in the students’ efforts to create and invent new products, some of which have been already built and utilized by them. Some of the students who decided to continue their exposure and hands-on experiential learning in this field have completed the development of a working prototype to produce bio-diesel fuel as an example. This paper summarizes the development stage of the contents of such courses in engineering that led to innovative products and to a positive empirical scholarship. This paper provides presents the outcomes of such combined pedagogical and scholarship encounter along with the lessons learned.
Key Words: Bio-diesel, green technologies, sustainability, recycling, reuse, prototype, LEED, USGBC.
Since 2003, a pilot program at the department was initiated to offer a series of courses that addressed sustainability principles and philosophies. One of these courses was intended to cover the planning, design and construction of green buildings and facilities. This course achieved a number of pedagogical goals to include the design and construction of buildings that are resource-efficient, safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, and adaptable to the environment and to the future. Major concepts in construction management, construction materials, energy efficiency, air/water quality, and other state- of-the-art sustainable practices were covered in this course. Furthermore, a number of case studies from the local industry will be analyzed and presented. The LEEDTM Green Building Rating System2.0 that was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council was used as a source document in this course. It provided an advanced model for evaluating buildings and is becoming an industry standard. Various innovative technologies and governmental standards to rate the sustainability of buildings were also used. A major term project and couple site visits and guest speaker lectures were also conducted during
Shami, M. (2007, June), The Innovative Development Of Sustainable Technologies In Undergraduate Programs: Case Study ? Bio Diesel Project Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2970
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