Course Description:

This course examines both mass market and custom hard goods, and the criteria for making appropriate choices when designing or selecting hard goods for a sustainable interior.  Both natural and manmade materials will be covered, as well as finishing processes.  Through research and analysis students will become familiar with new and remanufactured goods, including issues related to sourcing, transportation, and LEED certification.

Educational Objectives:

  • Understanding the role of hard goods in the creation of environmentally responsible interiors.
  • Understanding how hard goods can contribute to indoor environmental quality.
  • Familiarity with the methods of evaluating natural and man-made interior finishes and furnishings.
  • Understanding the component parts of all decorative hard goods from woods, plastics, composites, stone, ceramics and glass to substrates, adhesives, and finishing options.
  • Familiarity with certification programs that apply to the hard goods market.
  • Understanding new and remanufactured options in satisfying end-user goals
  • Understanding transportation economics and labor issues in the section process.

Professor:  Doug West, IIDA LEED AP

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