BuildingGreen offers the go-to online resource for sustainable design professionals. For students at architecture and interior design programs It’s the essential tool to prepare them for professional practice. University libraries have turned to BuildingGreen for over 25 years as an economical resource accessible to the whole campus community. Students and faculty find the BuildingGreen website easy to navigate. It’s mobile friendly too. What are the key challenges faculty face in teaching sustainable design? Google searches yield a gazillion results, which one has the real answer? Give students a dependable publication to begin their research. Best practices change over time. BuildingGreen covers the basics, and also has its finger on the pulse of an exciting and evolving industry. The fact that BuildingGreen resources are intended for professionals was something that I highlighted when I introduced the material to them So I think that made the students much more receptive to the material, knowing that this was something that wasn’t just helpful to them at this stage as being students, but would assist them as they enter the professional world after school. Use BuildingGreen syllabus supplements to enhance course curricula. Find relevant articles to use as required and recommended reading. Complement core academic texts with content that reflects issues facing designers in the field. The fact that BuildingGreen serves an architecture firm’s Sustainable Design Leaders means our content has direct application to actual design challenges. Professors have easy access to a database of sustainable design research compiled over the last thirty years. Both as a professional and also as an instructor of architecture and programs focused on sustainable design, being able to have that relevancy it is something that you can’t achieve with the latest edition of a textbook. That it’s meant to be more responsive to the marketplace and the information is more up to date. So it works in conjunction with the textbook really quite nicely. Students can begin to understand the complexity of issues around design strategies that conserve energy and how to choose materials using green guidelines. Amidst the noise, I can always point them to that as a go-to resource that they can always confide in and find the information that they’re looking for. BuildingGreen’s content supports research for studio classes because of its relevance to each phase of design. Having confidence in what you are reading online is key in today’s world. BuildingGreen has been a thought leader in sustainable design for over two decades. Over that time, we’ve built up a network of professionals who share their expertise and lessons learned. If you don’t know the answer to the question you pull out Siri Or you go straight to google, and you ask the question there. And sometimes it’s hard to filter the information that you get back to understand What’s reliable? What’s important? What’s unbiased? so having a resource that is credible and reliable and not financially driven is really critical in trying to get to the bottom of a real difficult question. Our goal is to provide our readers with the most relevant and top-of-mind topics and issues What are the key focus areas in sustainable design? Certainly energy is front and center Faculty who need to maintain their AIA or LEED credentials can earn continuing education credits. The topic of water has great significance in a sustainably designed building. Take advantage of the discussion questions following the article to engage students during class, Or use the questions as essay prompts. So I used a BuildingGreen article really talking about analyzing different types of insulation because I wanted to have students understand both the thermal benefits, but perhaps the lifecycle impacts of some of the insulation So that was extremely valuable for them to understand that not all insulation is equal Interior design programs will find a strong focus on indoor environments and will benefit from our infographics Step back and look at how the integrative process is key to a successful sustainable design this webcast shows what integrative process means in practice Avoiding toxic chemicals has become an essential topic to any sustainable designer. We cover the basics with short primers like this one. How does transportation play into sustainable design? This feature article highlights BuildingGreen’s thought leadership. Contact me directly to set up access and see for yourself! Give your school community the best online resource focused on sustainable design.