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Sustainable Design & Building Information Modeling


Buildings are the largest single resource consumer in the world. The United States consumes 25% of the world's energy and the US building industry accounting for 40% of those resources. In order to solve the problem of global warming, we need to look at the AEC industry and move towards a truly sustainable building practice built on solutions which embrace conservation, efficiency, health, prosperity and elegance. Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows designers to change communication and workflow, making the practice of architecture more efficient and better equipped to address global climate change and resource issues. It allows the design team to create the building in a virtual environment and test a number of design variables with climatic givens to test and streamline building performance optimizing resource and material usage. This class will investigate the solutions currently available using BIM to provide more sustainable building solutions. Knowledge of a BIM application is not necessary, but it is strongly recommended to gain the full benefit of the lessons in this class. There are minimum computer system requirements for this course.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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