ACT-222: Sustainable Residential Design

This course is INACTIVE
Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Architecture/Construction Tech
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Sustainable Residential Design
Cross-Referenced Course
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ACT-128, ACT-136, and ACT-150
Catalog Course Description

Focuses on developing a residential design for an assigned site and client while following good design and sustainability principles. Includes site analysis and planning, building programming and design, and a set of presentation drawings along with a partial set of construction documents. Along with freehand sketching, course utilizes multiple software applications including, but not limited to, AutoCAD, Google® SketchUp, Photoshop, and PowerPoint.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Sustainability as a design consideration
  2. Analyze a site for appropriate use
  3. Programming a residential design project
  4. Functional organization through “bubble-diagramming”
  5. Coordinating building requirements with natural site amenities and legal restrictions
  6. Schematic design of plans, sections, elevations, and 3-D views
  7. Analysis of construction materials and processes
  8. Development of final design presentation documents
  9. Design development for pre-construction document preparation
  10. Development of construction documents
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Analyze and organize site parameters for building placement
  2. Analyze and organize functions for a specific residential design
  3. Create schematic views using appropriate software
  4. Create a comprehensive design presentation using appropriate software
  5. Select appropriate materials, finishes, appliances, and equipment with consideration for appropriate sustainability qualities
  6. Translate a design presentation into usable construction documents*
  7. Produce properly formatted construction documents
  8. Utilize building codes as they relate to residential design and construction
  9. Apply CAD and other computer skills in the preparation of documents
General Information

This course is being deactivated as part of the catalog cleanup project in 23/WI. It is not part of any active program and has not been offered in 3 or more years.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment is based on performance of periodic lab projects. All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details
  1. Provide, in writing, a request to the department indicating the proposed rationale for requesting credit and describing the type of college-level learning upon which the request is based.
  2. Submit a portfolio of work and documentation to substantiate the request.
  3. Schedule an interview with the appropriate instructor(s) to discuss the request and portfolio.
Effective Term
Summer 2024