Certificate in Sustainable Design

The New Jersey School of Architecture is taking the lead in preparing building designers to design green buildings with sustainable design strategies.  Sustainability is an integral focus of environmental, economic, and socially responsible design that is increasingly being embraced by the business community.

Why study Sustainable Design at NJIT?

The New Jersey School of Architecture has taken the lead in preparing building designers to design green buildings with sustainable design strategies. Sustainability is an integral focus of environmental, economic, and socially responsible design that is increasingly being embraced by the business community. The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Design recognizes the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Guidelines in setting sustainability goals and notes the Council’s actions that are transforming the market. As of June 2008 over 5700 design firms are members of the US Green Building Council and there are 43,000 LEED accredited  professionals.

All courses in the Sustainable Architecture Graduate Certificate program count toward continuing education credits in architecture in New Jersey and New York.

Credential relates in its entirety to NJIT Master of Architecture or NJIT MS in Architectural Studies.

What will I learn?

  • Environment design of buildings. The five characteristics of green buildings: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The US Green Building Council's Green Building Rating System, review of several major buildings of exemplary design.
  • Supportive ambient conditions, including thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality, visual comfort, and appropriate acoustical quality, overall physical and psychological well-being for workplace quality, performance and productivity.
  • Evaluation of heating and cooling loads, impact on fuel consumption, energy software analysis for design and efficiency. Technology of passive solar design and building integrated photovoltaics.
  • Environmentally sensitive site design; issues of wildlife habitat, erosion, ground water recharge, and threats to water quality of surface water bodies and aquifers. Water reclamation, materials and energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling.

Prerequisites

Eligibility for admission requires completion of an undergraduate degree in engineering, the sciences or a closely related area. For information regarding the Pre-Requisites for these courses or to speak with the School of Architecture please call (973) 642-7576.

Take Note

Check the course descriptions for more information. Some courses have prerequisites and must be taken in order.

Faculty Advisor: E. Bales

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