2017: “Creating a Greener Future”
From ancient times when dung was a building material to today’s modern plastics, metals and insulation, buildings are meant to provide a safe place. Today’s builders use “sealed” buildings to help with efficiency but can unknowingly create a “sick building”. Sick Building Syndrome leads to decreased production and health problems associated with the very buildings people live or work in because of the materials or plans used in its construction.
Your challenge is to identify a specific problem associated with buildings or homes, building materials, problems associated with efficiency, damage mitigation, indoor environmental quality or a topic of your choosing. Your team will identify a specific problem, explain and analyze in detail, and design a solution that can mitigate the negative impacts set forth by the challenge.
|Identify a specific problem associated with buildings or homes, the materials they’re built with or other problems associated efficiency, damage mitigation or a topic of your choosing. Explain the specific impacts on environmental conditions, human health and/or economic impacts.|
|Research and describe the scale of the problem and the affected populations.|
|Analyze the foundations and causes of the specific issue you chose. Investigate, understand in detail, and explain.|
|Design a solution that uses clean technology to address your identified problem, and explain how it would help mitigate the negative impacts of your stated problem.|