Type of Document Thesis Author McClure, Rachelle Jewel Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04142008-005855 Title A University's Responsibility to Campus Sustainability: An Analysis of the Social and Fiduciary Responsibilities Associated with Sustainable Building Degree Master of Fine Arts Department Interior Design, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Eric Wiedegreen Committee Chair James Doran Committee Member Jill Pable Committee Member Keywords
- Green Building
- Sustainable Building
- Energy Model
- Financial Benefits Of Green Building
Date of Defense 2008-03-26 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis study deals with a university’s responsibility to adopt sustainable practices in both education and building. The study places emphasis on both the social and fiduciary responsibilities that affect students, faculty and universities alike. The objective is to address universities and companies that have taken leadership positions in identifying the positive benefits, such as increased performance from students and staff, reduced environmental impact and reduced costs associated with energy and maintenance fees. Field research was conducted to seek out leaders in the architecture and design industry that are carving new paths in financing, documenting and building green buildings.
The culmination of research from the review of literature and field interviews led the way to a project that analyzed the costs and benefits of a conventional university classroom building versus a sustainable one. The purpose is to design a general use classroom building that incorporates attributes that improve productivity and learning such as increased ventilation control, temperature control, lighting control as well as an increase in daylighting and use of non-toxic materials and surfaces. The project aims to analyze the costs from a net present value standpoint, in contrast to initial costs, to show that sustainable building not only increases student and staff success but also benefits the financial bottom line.
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