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110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students finish exploring strategies to reduce material impacts throughout the building life cycle. The lesson revisits how different approaches to a building’s end of life determine whether a building life cycle is linear or cyclical. They apply what they’ve learned throughout the module to include demolition waste in a construction and waste management plant that diverts waste from the landfill. In addition, they examine how deconstruction can greatly increase the materials that can be salvaged and recycled. Students compare various strategies to create a sustainability spectrum for the end-of-life building stage. The lesson ends with students returning to their Sustainable Building Life Cycle Projects, which they began in Lesson 5.1, to take their designs to the next level by including regenerative methods. This final effort captures the essence of the LEED Material Resources Impact Category of promoting regenerative life cycles.

165 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students examine building strategies—such as acoustic design, thermal design, air quality control, quality views, interior lighting, maintenance practices, and ergonomic furniture—that can increase occupant comfort, happiness, and productivity. They also investigate how occupant control over temperature and ventilation-regulation systems can improve the satisfaction and well-being of occupants. Then students conduct a school survey to gain a better understanding of occupant comfort and make recommendations for improving the indoor environmental quality of the school.

55 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students explore how daylighting and other lighting strategies used in buildings impact occupant comfort and energy use. Then students apply what they've learned by examining the lighting throughout the school building, identifying well-lit and poorly lit areas of the school. Working in pairs, students then conduct research to evaluate the benefits and challenges of daylighting as well as design strategies that increase daylighting. Finally, students create a design for a building that maximizes daylighting and other beneficial lighting technologies for ideal occupant comfort.

165 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students focus their study of the Materials and Resources Credit Category on waste produced during building occupancy and maintenance. They evaluate how waste produced by building occupants can be managed sustainably, using their school as an example. They identify waste streams in their classroom garbage and tour the school to find out about current waste production and management. Through interviews with stakeholder groups in the school community, they then investigate the main sources of trash in different areas of the school and how that waste is handled in sustainable or unsustainable ways. Then, they represent their stakeholders in teams that work to create a new waste management policy for the school that diverts as much waste as possible from the landfill through planned recycling, reuse, and composting. Finally, student groups continue to evolve their building life cycle projects based on their growing understanding of the Materials and Resources Credit Category.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students consider factors that can impact a building’s energy performance. They analyze energy-related problems that might occur and discuss ways to prevent and resolve those problems. Students then explore how the building commissioning process can help ensure that building projects are designed and executed to meet stated goals. They discuss the different tasks of a Commissioning Agent as a building is designed, built, and occupied. Finally, they consider what might motivate building occupants to adopt more energy-conservation practices and they share their ideas in the form of an energy-conservation campaign for a hypothetical business.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students explore specific health hazards caused by air pollutants within the built environment. Via a matching game, they identify common pollutants, such as mold, particulate matter, and carbon monoxide. Then, students focus on a specific pollutant to research its source and potential health impacts. A presentation helps students pull together what they’ve learned and the larger impact of these pollutants. To complete the lesson, students create posters to communicate how indoor air pollutants affect the health and well-being of occupants.

165 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students explore the fact that many buildings today primarily use nonrenewable energy resources over renewable energy sources. Students examine various energy sources and make a case for the use of renewable energy as the primary source of power for the built environment. Students also examine case studies of net-zero and carbon-negative design practices in buildings and cities. Then they collaborate to design a net-zero building for the future.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students consider how green builders can gain confidence that the sustainable materials they purchase are actually sustainable. They take a close look at materials for a specific part of a building, exploring the ingredients of those materials, where they come from, and how that impacts the sustainability of the materials. Students learn about a variety of environmental product declarations and third-party certifications that improve product transparency so green builders know what they are getting. Then they collaborate and conduct research to make recommendations for a sustainable purchasing program. The lesson ends with students returning to their Sustainable Building Life Cycle Project, which they began in Lesson 5.1, to add what they learned about sourcing reliable sustainable materials.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students examine technologies that can be used to minimize building energy needs for credits in the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Credit Category. Students play a card game to learn about energy-efficient techn-ologies related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting, and plug-in electrical uses. They also identify technologies and strategies that affect the efficiency of the entire building energy management system. They conduct research to explore in-depth how technologies, such as energy recovery ventilation systems, automatic sensors, smart home technology, and the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, make buildings more sustainable. This lesson heightens student awareness of how sustainable choices in technology can affect personal comfort in the built environment as well as reduce the building’s environmental impact.

165 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

In this lesson, students examine building strategies that can reduce the impacts of materials during building construction. They determine ways to employ source reduction during design and construction and explore opportunities to use salvaged and recycled materials when building. This lesson cultivates skills students will need in a real-life work environment by having them apply their newfound knowledge to helping construction managers and architects find ways to reduce material impacts. It also encourages them to think creatively about how they can make buildings more sustainable as they develop an initial concept for a building product made of recycled materials. Finally, student groups continue to evolve their building life cycle project based on their growing understanding of the Materials and Resources Credit Category.