10 Courses

Green Building Concepts Foundations

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 22/05/2020

Finished: 24/05/2020

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Introduction to LEED Certification

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 25/05/2020

Finished: 25/05/2020

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Introduction to LEED Credentialing

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 25/05/2020

Finished: 25/05/2020 

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Cert Prep: LEED Green Associate

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 25/05/2020

Finished: 25/05/2020

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Michelle Kaufmann's Platinum LEED Home Remodel: Start to Finish

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 25/05/2020

Finished: 25/05/2020

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Learning Design for Sustainability

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 25/05/2020

Finished: 25/05/2020

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Renewable Energy and Green Building Entrepreneurship

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of East Anglia

Started: 05/07/2017

Finished: 16/04/2020

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Urban Nature: Connecting Cities, Nature and Innovation

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Lund University

Started: 02/06/2020

Finished: 05/06/2020

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Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Lund University

Started: 04/06/2020

Finished: 04/06/2020

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Sharing Cities: Governance and Urban Sustainability

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Lund University

Started: 06/06/2020

Finished: 06/06/2020

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4 Books

Right First Time: An Architect's Guide To Creating Efficient And Successful Eco Homes

Author: Doug Johnson

Publisher: Rethink Press

Published: 2019

Started: 13/06/2021

Finished: 

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The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

Author: Dee Williams

Publisher: Plume

Published: 2015

Started: 12/06/2020

Finished: 

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Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

Author: Eric Klinenberg

Publisher: Duckworth Publishing

Published: 2013

Started: 04/03/2014

Finished: 12/03/2014

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The Rent Trap: How We Fell into It and How We Get Out of It

Author: Samir Jeraj & Rosie Walker

Publisher: Pluto Press

Published: 2016

Started: 10/06/2020

Finished: 03/06/2021

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Houses are made up of brick, cement, wood, slate, plasterboard, insulation, and a range of other materials that are responsible for carbon emissions during their production. It is incumbent upon housebuilders to consider the embodied emissions of these products and find more environmentally friendly alternatives. Timber frame houses, for example, have embodied COemissions around seven tonnes lower than a standard build house.
The best way for housebuilders to mitigate their environmental impact is to build high quality homes that last. This reduces the need for costly retrofitting or rebuilding in the future, which will cost time, money, and energy.” 

Tim Collins, Building sustainability into the UK’s housing stock, newstatesman.com, 27/09/2019

The life-cycles of the buildings we live and work in are a major source of large-scale environmental damage. It therefore stands to reason that a major rethinking of human habitation – from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition – is a key innovation that can help us solve the climate crisis and set a new green building trend that ensures we do not create unnecessary environmental degradation in the future.

Green building is using resource-efficient and environmentally responsible practices to build new or to repurpose already existing structures. 

When I was building and studying my MTA Portfolio, I was living in the City of Bristol in the UK. Bristol was voted the European Green Capital in 2015 in recognition of its ambitious environmental improvement and sustainable developments. Bristol opened my eyes to the real-world potential of green building and is one of the reasons I ended up including a module where I could take a deep dive into the concept. 

Bristol also has a seemingly never-ending housing crisis, which is not helped by the Bristol and Bath Green Belt which surrounds the city perimeter and heavily prohibits new building developments on what is otherwise untarnished natural countryside. Therefore, in addition to new green building developments, I was also witnessing urban regeneration on a massive scale with every and any available space or structure within the city boundary being repurposed for new housing. 

Considering how more and more people are living in built up areas, Bristol serves as real-world example of how, even under environmental restrictions, we can create/recreate urban green spaces for human habitation.