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      THE SYSTEMATIC COURSE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: Building a Course in Sustainable Construction for Students in the U.S.A.

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          The construction industry actively adopts the concept of sustainability to not only minimize the impact on the environment but also increase social and economic benefits through accepting sustainable design and construction practices. This growing trend in sustainable construction requires both new knowledge and new skills for sustainability, in addition to conventional knowledge, such as scheduling, estimating, contracting, etc. Due to this paradigm change in the construction industry, construction programs in the U.S.A. should offer sustainable construction courses in order to teach sustainable knowledge, technologies and skills to their students before their entrance into industry.

          The purpose of this study is to develop a sustainable construction course designed for university construction programs using a systematic course development approach divided into three stages including preparation, development, and improvement. The course described in this paper is used to illustrate the systematic development process and can serve as an example for faculty at other universities on how to use such a method. During the preparation stage, a syllabus review is conducted in order to recognize and evaluate current sustainable construction courses offered by construction programs. In addition, in-depth literature review is performed to identify current trends in sustainable construction courses and related research. The development stage consists of: creating the framework for a sustainable construction course, choosing the goals and objectives for this course, choosing the contents of the course, organizing the chosen contents of the course, and planning the course schedule. At the improvement stage, the proposed course is improved, reviewed, and evaluated by experts from both the construction industry and academia through a detailed feedback process. From this systematically developed sustainable construction course, students in construction programs can learn basic knowledge of sustainability and the importance of sustainable design and construction. They will be exposed to different sustainable building rating systems such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes, collaborative skills among construction participants, and the advantages and pitfalls of sustainable construction. In addition, construction students who become leaders in the industry will change the nature of the construction industry and society to help not only minimize environmental impacts caused by construction activities but also to secure our earth.

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          GREEN CONSTRUCTION: CONTRACTOR EXPERIENCES, EXPECTATIONS, AND PERCEPTIONS

          As the benefits of green building continue to change the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry and the number of green projects rises in the United States due to market changes, more construction firms are gaining experience with this new way of building and changing their expectations for new hires from degree-granting construction programs. This paper documents a baseline study of contractor experiences, expectations, and perceptions associated with green building conducted in Fall 2006. The study was based on detailed survey results from 87 different companies recruiting from three major university construction programs in the eastern United States (Auburn, Purdue, and Virginia Tech). The survey collected data regarding current experience levels and capabilities of companies with regard to green construction, corporate expectations of new hires in terms of green construction knowledge and skills, and respondent expectations and perceptions about the future of the industry with regard to green projects. The findings of this study support the growing importance of green building as a component of the whole construction market and provide a benchmark against which to measure future changes in the industry over time.
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                Journal
                jgrb
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Winter 2009
                : 4
                : 1
                : 169-182
                Author notes

                1Ph.D. Student, LEED AP, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, Virginia Tech, Email: yahn77@ 123456vt.edu .

                2Ph.D. Student, Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech, Email: kwon06@ 123456vt.edu .

                3Ph.D., LEED AP, Assistant Professor, Myers Lawson School of Construction, Virginia Tech. Email: apearce@ 123456vt.edu .

                4Ph.D., Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech, Email: jgwells@ 123456vt.edu .

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                jgb.4.1.169
                10.3992/jgb.4.1.169
                ©2009 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

                Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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                Pages: 14
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