Author

Jose Quezada

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Architecture

First Advisor

Andrew Von Maur

Second Advisor

Thomas Lowing

Abstract

The terms "sustainability," "sustainable." or "green" are often used to define products or processes that ironically result in limited or negative environmental benefits. Today, our contemporary building construction industry tends to solve environmental performance issues with technological solutions that in some instances have become superficial "green" practices. At times, they lead to counterproductive outcomes and tend to disregard environmental lessons and processes used in the historical buidling traditions. The best traditional architecture responds to local environmental issues using the generational lessons from the past and present. The goal of this thesis is to identify how the best sustainable building practices found in tradition and modernity can inform the design of a Seventh-day Adventist school in Florida. A school was designed based on the literary review. A computer model was then built of the new design to see how it compared to a LEED certified school.

Subject Area

Architecture--Environmental aspects, School buildings--Environmental aspects

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