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Zero-Net Energy Building Science Research: Nebraska Housing Case Study, Timothy Hemsath Aug 2011

Zero-Net Energy Building Science Research: Nebraska Housing Case Study, Timothy Hemsath

Architecture Program: Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity

What makes a new home sustainable? There is no simple answer and no silver bullet to reducing energy consumption, choosing the right building material or perfectly designed floor plan. Every case is different and every home-owner has their own perspective. To answer the question I was motivated to assemble this mini-portfolio of homes to begin identifying current best practices.

This booklet contains five newly constructed Nebraska homes. Each example identifies what high performance green building design elements, technologies and systems builders, architects and home-owners are using. The following five homes are not all Nebraska has to offer as examples, but ...


Rooted In Place: The Role Of Design In Small Town Identity, Todd Owen Sparks Aug 2011

Rooted In Place: The Role Of Design In Small Town Identity, Todd Owen Sparks

Masters Theses

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Longstanding critical theories on place, memory, and identity can begin to address critical questions that residents, civic leaders, and designers are currently facing in twenty-first century small town America. The rapidity with which many rural communities are now transforming is unlike any previous phase of transition; due in large part to a vastly expanding globalized economy and mass culture. Anonymous, exchangeable environments are quickly becoming a ...


We're Still Here: Culturally Sensitive Design And Planning, Ezekiel Craig Cooper Aug 2011

We're Still Here: Culturally Sensitive Design And Planning, Ezekiel Craig Cooper

Masters Theses

“In the 1700’s it was impossible to visit what is now known as western North Carolina without encountering the Cherokee. For the well traveled, it still is.”

In 2007, the above quote was used in a marketing campaign by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to attract tourists to the town of Cherokee, NC. Beginning in the early 1900’s, Cherokee evolved into a tourist destination because of the beautiful location, the historical importance and the offering of authentic cultural attractions. Millions of people traveled to Cherokee throughout the 1900’s just to get a glimpse of Cherokee life ...


A Comparative Study Of Environmentally Responsible Design Adoption By Architects, Facility Managers, And Interior Designers, Amanda Gale Jun 2011

A Comparative Study Of Environmentally Responsible Design Adoption By Architects, Facility Managers, And Interior Designers, Amanda Gale

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

The design and building industry has a tremendous impact on the environment that is often negative when environmentally responsible design (ERD) strategies are not adopted. The purpose of this exploratory, descriptive study was to determine the firm and practitioner characteristics that impact the adoption of ERD strategies, to ascertain practitioners’ knowledge of ERD strategies and certified products, and to document the adoption of ERD strategies using Rogers’ model of the innovation adoption process.

The web-based, national survey utilized a purposive sample of 146 architects, facility managers, and interior designers who belonged to professional organizations (AIA, IFMA, ASID, and IIDA) that ...


Fallingwater: Structure And Design, Avery Gray Jun 2011

Fallingwater: Structure And Design, Avery Gray

Honors Theses

Fallingwater is the country home designed in 1935 for the wealthy Pittsburgh merchant Edgar Kaufmann Sr. by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Since its completion in 1940 it has enthralled the American public and architectural enthusiasts; received countless awards and recognitions; and is generally held as one of the greatest pieces of architecture of the modern world. It is the most well known residential building in the world excluding those made for royalty. Whether this great fame is deserved or not is a matter of opinion but there are a number of features of this buildings design that cause it ...


Improving The Effectiveness Of Nursing Work Area Design In Inpatient Care Units, Laura Hamm May 2011

Improving The Effectiveness Of Nursing Work Area Design In Inpatient Care Units, Laura Hamm

All Theses

Nurses are the primary care givers for patients admitted to hospitals overnight and the design of the physical environment impacts the operational effectiveness of care delivery. Many nursing tasks are repeated across multiple patients (such as documentation, administering medications, assessing patients, etc) and there are strict protocols and procedures for how to administer these tasks to ensure the delivery of high quality care. A nursing model is often chosen by a nurse administrator who oversees its implementation in an effort to provide effective care delivery to patients admitted on a nursing unit in a hospital. Throughout the unit there are ...


Reclamation - An Eco-Industrial Park In Greenfield, Massachusetts, Sage W. Sluter May 2011

Reclamation - An Eco-Industrial Park In Greenfield, Massachusetts, Sage W. Sluter

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Honors Projects

Sustainable Industrial Design
Reclaiming a Brownfield in Greenfield, Massachusetts
Abstract:
For the senior capstone project at the University of Massachusetts, this student completed a conceptual site design project for the City of Greenfield. The City of Greenfield wishes to redevelop the Brownfield site, currently known as the Bendix Property, into an eco- industrial park. Working closely with the City’s officials, the student created a realistic vision for the site. After twenty years of soil and groundwater treatment, the site is ready to come back to life. The student investigated what an eco -industrial park is, and how the businesses ...


The Genesis Project: The Synthesis Of Man, Environment, And Technology, Omar Sidney Bakeer May 2011

The Genesis Project: The Synthesis Of Man, Environment, And Technology, Omar Sidney Bakeer

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


Defining Excellence In Healthcare Design: The Role Of Personal Qualities, Roger J. Vitello Apr 2011

Defining Excellence In Healthcare Design: The Role Of Personal Qualities, Roger J. Vitello

Interior Design Program: Theses

Healthcare design has been recognized as a legitimate area of specialization[1], a field. Expertise in the healthcare design and building process is needed. Where and how future healthcare design practitioners will be educated remains a challenge. While the evolution of research-based design for health facilities has grown since the 1980s little is known about how healthcare designers should be educated. [2] An understanding of personal qualities a graduating student is expected to possess is important to their education. [3] Knowledge about the qualities that determine excellence in healthcare design practice is sparse. By understanding which qualities have been effective ...


Integral Sustainable Design: Transformative Perspectives, Mark Dekay Jan 2011

Integral Sustainable Design: Transformative Perspectives, Mark Dekay

Mark DeKay

This book offers practical and theoretical tools for more effective sustainable design solutions and for communicating sustainable design ideas to today's diverse stakeholders.It uses integral theory to make sense of the many competing ideas in this area and offers a powerful conceptual framework for sustainable designers through the four main perspectives of: behaviours; systems; experiences; cultures.It also uses human developmental theory to reframe sustainable design across four levels of complexity present in society: the Traditional, Modern, Postmodern, and Integral waves. Profuse with illustrations and examples, the book offers many conceptual tools including:twelve principles of integral sustainable ...


Traditional Building Materials And The Sustainability Of The Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribal College Design, Riley Christopher-Gallagher Jan 2011

Traditional Building Materials And The Sustainability Of The Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribal College Design, Riley Christopher-Gallagher

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is about the ecological and cultural sustainability of a proposed design for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College (CATC) in Weatherford, Oklahoma. The culture of the tribes combined with sustainable building systems are used as a basis for decision-making regarding the method of design. Upon the completion of the design process, the proposed materials and systems selected were analyzed based on their embodied energy and contribution to the facility's ability to operate off-the-grid. In choosing concrete, steel, glass and bamboo, which contribute to proper functioning of the systems, the academic building will be able to operate completely ...