1st Edition

LEED Lab A Model for Sustainable Design Education

By Patricia Andrasik Copyright 2021
    356 Pages 129 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    356 Pages 129 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Facility performance evaluations inform the long-term life of a building and do not end with design or construction. To this aim, Patricia Andrasik created LEED Lab, in collaboration with the US Green Building Council, an increasingly popular international interdisciplinary collegiate laboratory course, which utilizes campus buildings as demonstration sites to facilitate the green assessment of existing buildings. LEED Lab: A Model for Sustainable Design Education uses the LEED O+M building rating system to measure and achieve performance-driven campus facilities in which the readers work and operate.

    The book explains in simple terms the theory, tasks, tools and techniques necessary for credit implementation and achievement, and includes case studies and exercises for practical application in each chapter. Readers will learn the conceptual scientific framework used to understand existing operational performance and how to quantify sustainable synergies, create green campus policies with administrators, and understand systems such as energy and water in a research-based application. The entire manual is accompanied by a vast online ‘Teaching Toolkit’ to provide helpful educational resources such as syllabi, lectures, examinations, assignments, Individual Student Progress Presentation (ISSP) templates, web resources, and much more.

    An excellent guide for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in LEED Lab or a similar campus building assessment course, as well as construction or architectural professionals and facility managers, this manual navigates the complexities of using a green building diagnostic tool such as LEED O+M towards greater environmental literacy.

    1.  Introduction  2. Methodology  3. Platform 4. PHASE 1: Feasibility 5. PHASE 2: Implementation  6. Site  7. Water  8. Energy  9. Materials  10. Air Quality  11. PHASE 3: Documentation


    Patricia Andrasik is an associate professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America (CUA) and a licensed architect in Washington, D.C. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Slovak University of Technology while earning her Master of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. She then taught as a visiting professor in Beirut prior to returning to the US to practice.

    Informing design through performance metrics, and using performance metrics to inform building operations and maintenance, have become the foundations of her teaching and scholarly research, and internationally recognized by the publications/conferences of organizations including JNIBS, NBI, AASHE, ACSA, AIA/COTE, and others.

    Andrasik has created several novel courses to promote environmental integration into architecture. She was awarded seed funding to integrate building performance analytics (BPA) into the design process for local and international architectural projects, and collaborated with Autodesk to run a pilot class for analytical plug-ins. In addition to co-authoring Heating Cooling Lighting: Sustainable Design Strategies Towards Net Zero Design (Fifth Edition, 2020), Andrasik co-founded BEEnow, a non-profit organization inspiring NAAB-accredited schools to emphasize the teaching of low-energy design, and recently received the President’s Award for the Advancement of Teaching at CUA.