Introducing Standards and Sustainable Design

    Volume 4, Issue 7 (July 2007)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 2 August 2007

    Page Count: 11


    Kelly, William E.
    Professor, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

    (Received 2 March 2007; accepted 26 June 2007)

    Abstract

    The ABET Engineering Criteria require a capstone design project where students use “appropriate engineering standards.” One of the ABET design constraints that students must consider is “sustainability.” The new United States Standards Strategy has as one of its goals to “establish standards education as a high priority within the United States private, public and academic sectors.” The first Fundamental Canon of the ASCE Code of Ethics states in part that civil engineers “shall strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development in the performance of their professional duties.” ASTM E 2432-05 Standard Guide for General Principles of Sustainability Relative to Buildings provides a framework for organizing student design projects to accomplish multiple objectives. However, IEEE’s experience in introducing standards in senior design courses indicates that the senior year may be too late and that the introduction to standards should occur in the first or second year. The purpose of this paper is to outline strategies for including standards and sustainability in courses throughout curricula to build the experience, knowledge, and interest necessary to fulfill the ABET capstone requirements in a meaningful way.


    Paper ID: JAI101070

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI101070

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    Title Introducing Standards and Sustainable Design
    Symposium Common Ground, Consensus Building and Continual Improvement: International Standards and Sustainable Building, 2007-04-20
    Committee E06