The Building Science Group has launched the Cluster for Sustainability in the Built Environment at the University of Maryland (CITY@UMD). The Cluster's mission is to understand the fundamental principals of built infrastructure's impact on energy consumption, environmental quality, and population well-being. This understanding enables the creation and management of healthy urban ecosystems.
The Cluster for Sustainability in the Built Environment has been collaborating with the University of Maryland's Fascilities Management to develop and deploy a campus wide energy use dashboard. The dashboard, which aims to launch at the start of Spring 2016 Semester, will display meter measurements and building analysis for over a hundred UMD buildings that are in the centralized UMD-FM system.
The Cluster for Sustaniability in the Built Environemnt at the University of Maryland (CITY@UMD) plans to build environmental and climate chambers to study different ventilation strategies, indoor thermal comfort, and indoor/outdoor building science validation studies.
A graduate certificate in Sustainability for the Built Environment will be launched in Fall 2014 /Spring 2015 at the University of Maryland. We plan to have three certificate programs with the same topic of Sustainability for the Built Environment to be residing in A. James Clark School of Engineering, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation as well as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. There three certificate programs will be merge in one professional Masters Program in Fall 2015.
Urban microclimate from the perspective of transient heat and mass transfer using building energy simulations for building clusters as well as LEED building certification criteria. The focus is on understanding building energy consumption and environmental impacts from the individual building scale to a neighborhood scale
Discussion of the major sources and end-uses of energy in our society with particular emphasis on renewable energy production and utilization. Introduces a range innovative technologies and discusses them in the context of the current energy infrastructure. Renewable sources such as wind and solar are discussed in detail. Particular attention is paid to the environmental impact of the various forms of energy.
Students will be provided with current and future trends in energy resources and technologies while providing them with the necessary skills to conduct energy audit/analysis on both commercial and residential facilities. Energy accounting procedures for electrical, mechanical and HVAC systems will be covered in detail, along with economics/life-cycle costing analysis.
The goal of the course is to drive energy efficiency innovation in appliances and equipment used in and around U.S. buildings. To achieve this goal, the course will address and discuss in detail on the psychrometric processes, vapor compression cycles, appliances and heat exchanger designs. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the potentials of these emerging technologies and experience various aspects of research and development in engineering.
This course addresses the fundamentals of sustainability for project managers including best practices of modern sustainable construction and project management. Commercial and residential buildings consume about 40 percent of the energy used in the United States. The course therefore emphasizes the application of the sustainable development standards to the built environment, including the practical operational aspects of sustainable facility project management.
Studies metrics of sustainability as included in rating standards, including LEED. All students will take the LEED GA test. Course offered in fall semester.
ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 400 or permission of department. Principles and methods of site analysis; the influence of natural and man-made site factors on site design and architectural form. Course offered in spring semester.
Prerequisite: ARCH 401 and ARCH 410 or permission of department. Strategies of sustainability as related to the broader context of architectural problem solving.
This is a practical issues course addressing the business impacts and drivers of sustainability. Students taking this class will receive broad-based business issue exposure to a wide range of sustainability-oriented topics and be challenged to think about the business issues and impacts of sustainability across numerous subject matters. The goal is for students to apply macro insights gained from this class to their ongoing curriculum, coursework class assignments, and professional careers.
This is an advanced survey course on the field of ecological design and engineering. Principles of ecological engineering are applied through design of biologically-based waste treatment systems.
This course discusses the importance of our ecosystems and the services they provide. Forestland, wetlands and our marine resources are increasingly recognized for their ecosystem services provided to society, to include clean air and water, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, carbon storage and pollination services. This course will prepare students to deal with the complex issues involved in understanding those and other ecosystem services and their importance to society and environmental sustainability.
Problems of waste management and recycling in human societies are covered. The industrial ecology approach to design is contrasted with analogous patterns and processes from natural ecosystems.
Design, construction, and evaluation of wetlands restored or created for ecosystem enhancement or mitigation. Topics will include ecological restoration theory, goal-setting, practices for establishing wetland hydrology, substrate, and vegetation, and restored ecosystem monitoring and functional assessment.
Role of energy in environmental and human-dominated systems and their linkage. Discussion of the historical and modern production and consumption of energy. Energy systems simulation modeling, energy analysis and energy auditing. Review of national energy policies and proposed alternatives.
This workshop aims to generate initiatives into research supporting innovations in designing, constructing and maintaining building stock and other civil infrastructure to be more resilient and sustainable.
In March 2014 engineers, designers, and researchers from around the world met at the SESYNC headquarters in Annapolis, MD. There they attended a workshop that explored creative new approaches to solving transmission problems of airborne infections in sustainable and healthy buildings.
A major need for achieving sustainable construction and manufacturing is to establish meaningful measurements for the complex attributes of sustainability suitable for lifecycle considerations. What one can measure, one can manage. NIST, ASCE, ASME and the University of Maryland are holding a workshop to address this challenge. Workshop will take place on June 12-13 at the ASCE Bechtel Center in Dulles, VA