Sustainable Building Systems
The Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems integrates elements of an architectural engineering program with construction management while embracing the concepts of engineering sustainability as related to energy and materials usage and the effect on the environment. The Sustainable Building Systems program focuses on the design and operation of buildings to provide a comfortable, healthy, and productive environment and landscape with minimal energy and environmental impact. Prospective students for the MSSBS program are engineering, architecture, business or science majors, and industry professionals pursuing careers in architecture, architectural engineering, real-estate development, construction and facilities management and its related fields, who desire to gain cutting edge knowledge in sustainability practices for building systems design and infrastructure development.
The MSSBS program strives to address a societal need for professionals who will effectively integrate building systems development while embracing sustainable architecture, engineering, and management practices to satisfy the growing demand for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The program will prepare students for executive roles in sustainability engineering and architectural practice, development, and research in either the private or public sectors. Students will develop leadership and decision making skills to implement sustainable building practices. Elements in the program curriculum will include an overview of green building codes and standards including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as well as other international rating systems. Students will be prepared to take the LEED Green Associate examination, an internationally recognized green building certification system, offered from the U.S. Green Building Council, post-graduation. Graduates of the MSSBS program will be involved in design and construction management, architecture and engineering design, and the decision making or policy planning that will deliver sustainable building systems to the global market.