Title page for ETD etd-09172004-174006

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kutzer, Bernhard W.
Author's Email Address bkutzer@vt.edu
URN etd-09172004-174006
Title 'SUSTAINABILITY AS A DESIGN TOOL' a sustainable biology and chemistry teaching laboratory for Georgetown University in Washington D.C. "inform[ation]al backbone"
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
Small, Steve Committee Member
  • sustainable
  • laboratory
  • competition
Date of Defense 2004-06-22
Availability unrestricted
Like much of the world, the United States is currently experiencing intense growth, especially in and around its cities. Unfortunately, this growth is often at odds with the natural environment. In order to reduce the demand of foreign energy resources designing with "green" or ecologically responsive design objectives in mind is vital. We may think of cars and factories as the most obvious enemies of the environment, but buildings consume half of the energy used world wide.

The idea of this thesis project was to explore the possibilities of sustainable strategies.That is to develop an energy intensive building based on ecological principles as design tools that demonstrate the economic value of sustainability, and to highlight an energy intensive building type as an example of energy-responsive-living that actually 'looks good'.

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