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Building Performance
Sustainable Building

Low Carbon Building - Self Study

Bruce King • Last updated 02/2021

4.4/5 (view ratings)
437 students
1 module
47 minutes
7 assignments

Course description

What good is a “Net-Zero” building if just the act of creating it dumps a huge load of CO2 into the air? The urgency of climate disruption demands that we reduce impacts now, not slowly over the next 50 years. Here we will look beyond reducing operating energy to also reducing the effects of construction and material choices.

This course is more of an introduction to low carbon building, rather than a 'how-to' course. You can expect to see some interesting examples and get exposure to some interesting new concepts. The goal is to whet your appetite and get you thinking in new ways.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Low Carbon Building: Getting to Real Zero

In this module, you'll watch the lecture video and check out a couple of supplementary resources.

  • READ: Course Learning Objectives (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Presentation Slides (PDF) (.pdf)
  • REFERENCE: Required Reading Assignments (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Low Carbon Building: Getting to Real Zero (47:03) (47:01 minutes)
  • 10 Questions, Multiple Choice


Bruce King

Ecological Building Network

Bruce is an engineer, author, and the founder and director of EBNet, an open, collaborative group of builders, scientists, architects and engineers that provides practical technical guidance for designing and constructing better buildings. Bruce and EBNet are currently organizing the BuildWell Symposium, a gathering of the world’s thought leaders in the field of green... Learn more


118 reviews

437 students have taken this course

by Jitendra kumar Sharma 04/30/2020

today situation of environment it is important for future generations

by saikiran muthyala 04/22/2020

very nice

by Dinesh K 04/15/2020

by Saravanan S 04/11/2020

The course is useful

by Ashley Kucko 03/18/2020

Great information about low carbon buildings, existing structures as well as how to use these practices in future construction

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