Autodesk Environmental Design and Technology 2011 Curriculum

The Environmental Design and Technology 2011 curriculum is a program intended to help high school students apply their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) knowledge to real-world problems. Students can learn about sustainable building practices through interactive exercises designed to help reinforce understanding.

This curriculum is part of a new high school course being taught in Washington State. The industry-based, hands-on course focuses on four major themes: the nature of sustainability; the technical methods, practices, and materials that support sustainability; systems theory as it applies to the complex interrelationships among humans, the built environment, information management, and the natural world; and the validity of ethics and values in the decision-making processes in regard to energy management.

Lessons include a series of experiential, realistic, and technical examples that help students explore the complex issues of sustainability through the compelling practice of green building design. Students will also explore the basic principles of energy use, waste, water conservation, site selection, and construction technology, and they will learn how these apply to the built environment. The course culminates in a design project, where the students analyze and design a green building of their own.

Introduction to Green Buildings, Energy, and Energy Analysis

This material offers students information that will enable them to explore green buildings and especially the role of energy and energy analysis in buildings. Students will be introduced to realistic building models, green building and energy vocabulary and concepts, and they will explore simple design and analysis tasks both by hand and with Autodesk® Revit® MEP software and Autodesk® Design Review software.

Building Systems and Advanced Energy Analysis

This group of lessons further explores buildings, building technology, and energy use in the built environment. Students will learn about the technology of traditional and high-performing systems (HVAC, lighting, and power) present in the built environment and how they drive energy use. Students will also have the opportunity to utilize computer aided design, models, computer aided analysis, and building information modeling (BIM) to better understand buildings.

Author Biography

David Redding has more than 10 years' experience in architectural engineering. He has worked primarily in the areas of mechanical systems design, energy and fluid modeling, construction management, and facilities infrastructure planning. David is a LEED®-accredited professional with a focus on energy modeling and life-cycle analysis. In addition, he assisted in the design of LEED-certified buildings.

Recently, David has moved away from the design of buildings into the field of technical education. In this role, David develops and teaches online and classroom courses on the subjects of BIM and green building technology.

BIM Curriculum

Learn how to fluidly design, communicate, analyze and plan using BIM models in an IPD framework. Use Autodesk Revit 2014 to access the functionality of all the Revit disciplines in one interface.  

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Sustainability Workshop

Learn the principles of designing a net-zero energy building and simulate your work digitally to evaluate its economic and ecological viability.

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