PROCESS-BASED POLICY DEVELOPMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION ON PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY RENEWAL PROJECTS

Open Access
Author:
Wisse, Ashley L
Graduate Program:
Architectural Engineering
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
June 21, 2010
Committee Members:
  • Dr David Riley, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • Sustainability
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Renewal Projects
  • Renovation
  • LEED
  • Policy Development
  • OPP
Abstract:
Recent research has demonstrated that without consideration of a project’s surrounding impacts, the erection of civil infrastructure can have severe negative consequences not only the environment, but also occupant health, social interaction, and economic feasibility. The world’s infrastructure, including: the buildings, bridges, roads and site work we use every day, are extremely influential aspects of culture and society; implementation of sustainability to current design methodology, of these structures, has the potential to create a momentous paradigm shift towards green design tactics, while improving building occupant health, environmental health, and economic well-being. This thesis endeavor discusses and explores possible implementation of sustainable methodology on Penn State University Park campus renewal projects through development of a sustainable design policy. Policy implementation on these projects was chosen due to their abundance throughout campus, diverse nature, and lack of previous sustainable incorporation. Most institutions are currently focusing on implementation of sustainable design within the setting of large, new construction projects; however, successful sustainable implementation on these smaller renewal projects can in turn create a large aggregate sustainable improvement across the campus in its entirety.