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Sustainable Design & Construction Practices
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Postgraduate (PG)
School of Engineering

'Sustainable Design & Construction Practices' is an elective course offered in M. Tech. program in Structural & Construction Engineering at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus.

Sustainability in the built environment: sustainable development relative to ecological, economic and social conditions – efforts in sustainable development and construction – international organisations involved. Ethics and sustainability: environmental and resource concerns – resource consumption by construction industry-Green building movement. Ecological design – concept – major contributions. Building assessment and eco labels – standards (LEED, GRIHA) – assessment structure and process. Green building design process – documentation requirements. -Sustainable site and landscape – storm water management, heat island mitigation- assessment of sustainable sites. Building energy issues - building energy design strategy- building envelope – internal load reduction – energy optimisation - renewable energy systems. Reducing carbon footprint. Built environment hydrologic cycle – water resources issues – strategies for conservation and recycling – waste water and storm water handling strategies. Materials resources - Life cycle assessment – embodied energy – Green building materials and products – assessing for environmental impacts – design for deconstruction. Indoor environmental quality – issues and causes, components of integrated design – emissions from building materials. Construction operations – site planning, indoor air quality during construction – materials management – Construction and Demolition – waste management – building commissioning – LEED credits for different aspects. -Green building economics – quantifying benefits. Recent advances in sustainable construction.

  • Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, Kibert, C.J., John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
  • Introduction to Architectural Science - The Basis of Sustainable Design, Steven V. Szokolay., Elsevier, 2007.
  • Sustainable Construction, Sandy Halliday, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013.
  • A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering, Dejan Mumovic and Mat Santamouris (Ed), Earthscan Publishing, 2009.
  • Green Architecture: Advanced Technologies and Materials, Osman Attmann, Mc-Graw Hill, 2010.