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"Mineral resources are the building blocks on which modern society depends, knowledge of their physical nature and origins, the web they weave between all aspects of human society and the physical earth, can lay the foundations for a sustainable society" 
        ~ Ann Dorr, Author of Minerals: Foundations of Society
This course focuses on production and use of sustainable materials and technologies. Course topics include; renewable and non-renewable building resources, determining whether a material is sustainable (to ensure that environmental claims are verifiable, accurate, meaningful and reliable), the acquisition of raw materials, their processing, manufacturing, and transportation to site. Project topics also include the construction design process and the non-renewable energy consumed to maintain, repair, restore, refurbish or replace materials during the life of a structure. Economic topics include; supply chain and budget/cost analysis. Field investigations include current and future urban energy systems.