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Economics of Green Building


From the start of the current green building movement, the issue has been surrounded by a combination of myths and supposition, based on estimates, projections and resistance to change. For the last ten years, however, it has been possible to test these assumptions by studying the actual costs and benefits of completed green buildings. This course will examine the economics of green building, including first costs, operating costs and maintenance costs, as well as the importance of integrated design to controlling these costs. Green building benefits due to increased efficiency and durability, well-designed daylighting and healthy interior environments will also be reviewed. Both government and private sector policies, regulations and programs which encourage or discourage the construction of green buildings and green communities will be considered. Among these are tax and development incentives, zoning requirements, certification requirements, building codes and grants.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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