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Issues in Green Building Design, Construction and Operation

Session Date
ENGR 498-08
5/21 - 7/13/2018


This project involves understanding the impact and implications of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system by focusing in one of the more important categories of LEED in the context of the renovation of an existing building. LEED was created by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to help building owners and operators to be sustainable and environmentally responsible.The LEED certification system is composed of eight categories. Four of these categories, namely (1) Location and Transportation, (2) Sustainable Sites, (3) Water Efficiency, and (4) Innovation, are important in that they can fetch up to 43 points, accounting for 39% of the points one can obtain towards full certification.The objective of this research is to evaluate the condition of Alumni Memorial Hall on IIT’s campus, relative to credits related to these four categories in the LEED certification system. Alumni Memorial Hall was designed by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe in 1945-46, at a time when issues about energy and atmosphere were not well understood and such considerations were rarely used in the design of buildings. Since its construction, Alumni Memorial Hall has undergone several minor repairs and renovations, but it is not clear how many of the maximum 43 points Alumni Memorial Hall could fetch in the credits related to the selected four categories.The students who participate in this research are expected (1) to learn the importance and implications of LEED, (2) to understand the importance and implications of the four categories selected for this research, (3) to survey Alumni Memorial Hall by recording the conditions in each and every space in the building, and (4) to perform a thorough assessment of the deficiencies in this building relative to these four categories in LEED certification. (CRN:33771)