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Green Building Design, Bachelor of Science Degree

Enrolling for the Fall of 2014!

Description:
The Green Building Design degree focuses on creating buildings and communities that can power themselves with efficiency and the energy of the sun, earth and wind. 

Green Building Design is one of three integrated Bachelors of Science degrees offered via Vermont Tech’s Sustainable Design & Technology program:
  • Green Building Design
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Land Use 

Students enrolled in any of these three degrees take a common core of classes during their first three years. In their senior year, they work together in cross-disciplinary teams in two intensive, capstone courses, applying problem solving and design skills to real world projects. Students may complete both the Architectural Engineering Technology and Green Buildings Design degrees in five years using a tailored dual curriculum map.

Program ObjectivesWhat will students learn to do in Green Buildings Design? 
  • Design energy efficiency residential and small commercial buildings incorporating  passive and active renewable systems;
  • Apply computer simulations, energy codes, and green building standards to optimize building performance;
  • Create designs for comfortable, low energy buildings and communities with minimal impact on the earth;
  • Work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team using strong graphic and verbal skills to present ideas; and
  • Learn to integrate state of the art knowledge in this rapidly evolving profession. 

Curriculum:
This unique course of study combines the concepts of architectural design with the rigorous application of energy efficiency and renewable systems. By creating designs within the framework of a rigorous study of building engineering, students will be able to apply their skills to a wide range of emerging careers in sustainability.  

Possible career options:
  • Designer: of buildings that use little or now external energy sources (net zero buildings).
  • Systems engineer: analyze systems to maximize energy efficiency. 
  • Job site assessment: evaluate sites for passive or renewable energy options.
  • Consultant: apply green building energy codes and LEED standards. 
  • Field inspector: verify energy efficiency during design and construction.

Potential employers:
  • Architects and engineers
  • Energy efficiency consultants
  • Renewable energy companies
  • Building commissioning agents

Students may complete both the AET and Green Building Design degrees in five years. See the dual AET GBD curriculum map.

Green Buildings, SDT BS Degree for 2014
Freshman FALLFreshman SPRING
CourseNameCR
SDT-1000SDT Orientation1
ENG-10XXEnglish Composition 3/4
CIS-1050Spreadsheets1
BIO-1020Intro Enviro Sci4
ARE-1010Woodframe Construction3
ARE-1021Arch CAD I2
14/15
CourseNameCR
MAT-1420Tech Math5
PHY-1041Physics I4
ARE-1210Construction Mat. Methods6
SDT-1XXXIntro to Green Sites3
18
Sophomore FALLSophomore SPRING
CourseNameCR
PHY-1043Physics II for Arch3
ARE-2031Environmental Sys I3
ARE-2040Construction Practices3
ARE-2051Arch Design I3
SDT-2XXXIntro Renewable Energy3
15
CourseNameCR
MAT-1520Calculus for Engineering4
CPM-2030Elemen Theory Struct3
ARE-2032Environmental Sys II3
ARE-2052Arch Design II3
SDT-2XXXIntro Green Buildings3
16
Junior FALLJunior SPRING
CourseNameCR
ENG-2080Tech Comm3
CHE-1031General Chemistry I4
ARE-2022ARC CAD II3
ARE-3112Code Loads EM1
SDT-3119LEED1
BUS-XXXXBUS Choice3
SDT-3000Internship Prep1
16
CourseNameCR
ARE-3040Electrical / Lighting3
SDT-3130Teams & Leaders3
SDT-3XXXPassive Solar Design**3
ARE-3130Design Sys Integration3
ARE-3050Fluids & Thermodynamics4
16
Senior FALLSenior SPRING
CourseNameCR
ELE-3XXXEle @ 3000 level3
ELE-XXXXAH/SS elective3
ARE-4020AE Management3
ARE-4030HVAC Systems4
SDT-3121SDT Studio I3
SDT-4820SDT Internship Review1
17
CourseNameCR
ELE-XXXXAH/SS Elective3
ELE-XXXXAH/SS Elective3
SDT-4110Building Controls & Commis3
SDT-XXXXSDT Tech Elective3
SDT-4122SDT Studio II3
15
128 total credits