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    Otterbein University
  Feb 19, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1038 - Identities, Dwellings and off the Grid Living

Hours: 4
The course examines a new approach to residential dwelling design aligned with personal identity and energy efficiency. By meeting the certification standards of the Passive House Institute, United States (90% efficiency), it is possible to construct a building that requires no furnace or a/c units. Students will first examine the role of “Identity” as a marketing objective in our society and review the applications where it is most prevalent. As an exercise, each student will also investigate a design of a residential dwelling aligned with his or her personal identity. The design will also explore sustainable building materials and techniques. This course welcomes any student who is interested in contemporary home design. One need not be overly concerned about technical abilities. Rather, the course will focus primarily on creative ways to incorporate unique and energy efficient design into a home as well as reducing material and energy cost significantly making unique home ownership accessible to more individuals.