Green Building Specialization

Sustainable living is a vital issue on many people’s minds today. Mainstream public and politicians alike have resolved to reduce pollution and waste and reverse global warming. This is particularly true for those in the building industry, whose daily decisions have a critical impact on the health and well-being of the community and the environment.

Building accounts for approximately 40% of U.S. primary energy consumption
(USDOE)

Green Building is a world-wide movement to create cleaner and more energy efficient buildings. From energy and water sustainability to recycling of dumpster debris, the potential impact of providing higher education in this field is tremendous.

The Green Building specialization in the Building Systems graduate concentration in Environmental Conservation provides the practitioner or returning student with a platform for acquiring professional training in environmentally responsible building practices. Depending on your needs, choose between these graduate programs:

  • Thesis/Dissertation-based M.S. or Ph.D. program. This research-based graduate program requires students to complete a thesis/dissertation in addition to coursework.
  • Professional M.S. program. This 1-2 year program does not require a research-based thesis. Students complete a number of courses, which can include a practicum.

Fields of Study

  • Building energy modeling
  • Efficiency of building energy systems
  • Clean energy systems
  • Building analysis and forensics
  • Energy retrofitting
  • Urban impacts of buildings
  • Occupant comfort

Who should enroll?

  • Architects, Engineers, Builders and Building Officials who wish to enhance their knowledge of sustainable building methods and materials.
  • Design and construction professionals who desire a deeper understanding of the environmental impact of construction and ways to mitigate it.
  • Students in the building field seeking a focused, non-thesis graduate program that allows for interdisciplinary study and practical training.

Faculty Advisors

Simi Hoque – Energy modeling and building performance diagnostics

Ben Weil – Building analysis and retrofitting

Ajla Aksamija – Building science and sustainability, emerging technologies, digital design

Peggi Clouston – Sustainable building materials and bio-based composites

Alex Schreyer – Building materials, building information modeling, and digital solutions


To Learn More and Apply

Follow the links on our Graduate Studies page.

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Last updated: July 3, 2015