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Sustainable Design (SDT)

SDT 1550  Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control  (3)                          as required
This course will focus on storm water runoff during the construction phase of a project and will present the various methodologies employed to control this potential pollution source.  Coursework will provide a basic understanding of soils and how they behave when exposed during construction; 2 hours of lecture with occasional laboratory demonstrations. Prerequisite: MAT 1221, placement level 3 or equivalent 

SDT 2550  Storm Water Modeling and Permitting (3)                                   as required
This course will focus on Vermont storm water permitting and modeling of storm water systems using HydroCAD; 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory/studio per week. Prerequisite: None

SDT 2560  Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic Technology (2)                    as required
This course introduces the basics of solar photovoltaic technology, including solar resource assessment; PV materials and modules; systems components; system sizing and design basics; mechanical mounting systems; installation methods; and performance analysis. The course prepares a student to take the NABCEP PV Solar Entry-Level Knowledge certificate exam; 21 hours of lecture, 21 hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: None

SDT 3000  Sustainable Design and Technology Seminar (1)                                     fall
This course brings together the diverse group of students who enter the SDT program and introduces them to the concept and ethos of sustainability. Readings, films, and other media will be used and outside speakers will be invited. Students will explore their own particular interests in sustainability and present their findings to the class. Internship opportunities will be discussed; 1 hour of seminar per week. Prerequisite: None

SDT 3010  Mediation and Communication (3)                                                         spring
This course introduces students to the basic causes and nature of human conflict. Students will use case studies and role playing to explore the nature of working in groups, the types of conflict that occur, and very basic techniques that can be used to discuss, explore, and sometimes resolve conflict; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: SS, except for SDT students) Prerequisite: Junior standing

SDT 3020  Environmental Permitting (3)                                                                  spring
This course introduces students to the federal, state, and local permitting process. Issues include an introduction to the legal foundation of the permitting process and a historic prospective on environmental permits. Typical topics include the Clean Water and the Clean Air Acts, the Vermont 2000 Farm Bill, Act 250 hearings, and planning and zoning boards. Students will be required to attend permit hearings outside of regular class hours; 1 hour of lecture, 3 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: None [Course fee: $10]

SDT 3111  Energy Systems and Sustainability (3)                                                 spring
This course provides a survey of the technical issues related to energy systems and resources. An overview of energy conversion systems will be studied in terms of current and potential capacity, distribution issues,   technology installation, and life-cycle costs. Energy resources are reviewed in terms of supplies, production, and distribution. Specific technical topics will include the drivers for sustainable energy development; current energy systems (fossil fuel, nuclear, hydroelectric); internal combustion systems; distribution and power transmission; electrical systems; and renewable energy technology, biofuels, biomass systems, and hydrogen-based technology; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: CIS 1050 or equivalent and math placement level 2 or higher 

SDT 3119  Introduction to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (1)         fall
The purpose of this course module is to provide an understanding of the codes and standards that govern the determination of the sustainable design status of buildings. The course will focus on the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design “Green” building rating system for new construction, as well as the energy standards that are included in it, particularly ASHRAE 90.1, 62, and 55. The course will include case studies and an example project on which students will be expected to assess the LEED standard. Lectures introduce topics and methods of application; the laboratory emphasizes the application of the LEED standard and required documentation; 2 hours lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week for 6 weeks. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ARE 3112

SDT 3121  Sustainable Design and Technology Studio I (3)                                      fall
Through short team projects, all Sustainable Design and Technology students will begin to solve interdisciplinary problems in sustainable design, applying basic concepts learned in the Sustainable survey courses and the technical courses in each discipline. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams on projects that focus on each discipline. Student teams will participate in a stepped process involving problem evaluation, design alternatives, calculations, graphic representation, and presentation to the class and a professional panel. The course introduces students to the design of low-energy systems in small buildings and provides tools for analysis in the schematic phase; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: SDT 3010 [Course fee: $25]

SDT 3130  Environmental Soils (3)                                                                                 fall
The student will develop a basic understanding of soils and how soils are considered a resource in Vermont. The course will stress understanding of soils in the current and anticipated environmental permitting requirements. This course focuses on hands-on familiarity with soils, soil characteristics, maps, tools, resources, and technical writing; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1210 or placement level 2 [Course fee: $50]

SDT 4020  Ground and Surface Water (3)                                                               spring
The student will develop a basic understanding of hydrology in subsurface and surface environs. The groundwater unit will cover water flow dynamics, chemical characteristics, drinking water, well hydraulics, water supply source protection and groundwater contamination. Surface water topics include geomorphology of rivers and streams, chemical characteristics of surface water, watershed planning, and storm water run-off; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Junior standing in SDT program

SDT 4030  Renewable Energy Systems (3)                                                            spring
This course introduces students with a background in engineering and technology to renewable energy systems. Thermal and electric power-based technologies are studied in terms of resource assessment and analysis; component-level system design and integration; energy efficiency; siting analysis and installation issues; performance monitoring; and policy and regulations. Laboratory activities involve work with solar thermal, wind, solar PV, and other technologies and activities include resource assessment and analysis; system design and integration; installation and system performance monitoring; and energy system simulation and optimization. Case studies and system and installation designs are developed; 2 hours of lecture, 3 of hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ARE 3050 or MEC 2010 and 2050, ELT 2072, 1032, or 1080

SDT 4110  Building Controls & Commissioning (3)                                              spring
This course in the Green Buildings technical core looks at two important areas for sustainable commercial buildings: integrated control systems and the hands-on ‘fine tuning’ that is essential for a building to operate efficiently. The first part of the course will concentrate on an overview of digital control systems (electrical circuits and basic  system design). The second part of the course focuses on the detailed knowledge needed for the emerging field of building commissioning, now a requirement of the LEED  certification process; 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ARE 3010, 3112, 4030, and SDT 3119

SDT 4112  Green Sites Technical Survey (3)                                                                fall
This course introduces students to issues related to environmentally responsible site design. Students will gain a broad view of issues related to sustainable site development including environmental resource identification, site permitting, civil design parameters, utilities, ecological landscape design, and agricultural potential. Use of natural features and best practices will be highlighted, utilizing GIS and real-world scenarios; 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: None

SDT 4113  Green Buildings Technical Survey (3)                                                 spring
This course introduces issues related to the design, delivery, construction, and assessment of “green” buildings. Students will obtain an overview of events and environmental conditions that sparked the green building movement, as well as acquire an understanding of how to implement and evaluate integrated design strategies, building materials, and systems. We will discuss methods for measuring building performance, costing models for determining financial feasibility, and various “alternative” building techniques for both residential and commercial buildings; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: SDT 3111 and 4112

SDT 4122  Sustainable Design and Technology Studio II (3)                              spring
This capstone project course  is a continuation of SDT Studio I to build on the skills of the individual disciplines developed there. This course will bring multidisciplinary student teams together to solve real life problems that integrate the knowledge of all the SDT concentrations. Working with a client and experts in the field, each team will develop and present their concepts for a sustainable solution. This course requires that students draw upon solid knowledge of the SDT core, as well as the technical courses in their own concentration. The final solutions will be presented to the class and a panel of professionals; 6 hours of studio per week. Prerequisite: SDT 3121 [Course fee: $25]

SDT 4130  Sensitive Ecosystems (3)                          spring
Through study of local ecosystems, complex interactions and interconnected relationships will be explored. Students will develop critical and analytical thinking and communication skills by participating in course discussion and written work. The course aims to provide students with a deeper appreciation of the complexity of natural ecosystems and the impacts of human and natural disturbance. Students will be able to provide examples of critical interactions within ecosystems and identify situations where ecosystems have become broken or where humans are creating synergies; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO 1020 or 1220 and LAH 1050

SDT 4801/4802  Summer Internship/Internship Review (0/1)                     summer/fall
Students enroll in the internship upon successful completion of their junior year core curriculum. The internship requires students to spend at least 5 weeks in an employment setting with an institution or firm that is employing, or seeks to employ, sustainable technology. This practicum is designed to broaden a student’s understanding of how sustainable technologies are implemented in the real world. Students will be enrolled in the 1 credit internship review in the following fall term; graded Pass/No Pass. [Course fee: $250]