Students must enroll in this course to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Design Specialization. This junior-level course builds upon the foundations of sustainable design principles and processes developed in previous courses by challenging students to further develop and apply their understanding of the environmental, social and economical impacts of resource use, design strategies and building technologies to a variety of design applications. Emphasis is on thinking critically about the interdependence of sustainability issues and strengthening problem-solving and communication skills through in-depth analysis of sustainable design procedures as they apply to high performance buildings using collaborative, research-based application of strategies and performance-based specifications, as well as a variety of third-party sustainable design rating systems. Coursework must be completed using the sustainable knowledge and strategies obtained to date. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to analyze and apply industry recognized sustainable design strategies and approaches using appropriate LEED and other Sustainable Design rating systems within residential and commercial design projects.