CIV 576S Sustainable Buildings
“Evaluating Claims about Sustainable Building Technologies”
Tutorial #2 Assignment
Issued: Monday January 25, 2016
Due: 9:00 A.M., February 8, 2016 Submitted on Blackboard in a PDF format
This is an individual assignment.
Please pay close attention to the marking criteria and format for the assignment.
You can find your assigned technology and an example of this technology on Blackboard. You must
complete this assignment on your assigned technology, but you are not constrained to the specific
example that is provided (e.g., you can likely find other examples).
Late assignments will incur a penalty of 20% per whole/partial 24-hr period.
Deliverable: You are preparing a one page summary of an assigned technology from the perspective of
whether it should be used in sustainable buildings and if so, when it makes sense to do so. Your audience
for this report would be somebody who is generally knowledge about sustainable buildings but does not
have specific expertise in your assigned technology.
VERY IMPORTANT: You should rely on peer-reviewed archival sources whenever possible in this
assignment. We will discuss how to find sources in class and in tutorial. If you search and have trouble
finding such sources on your topic, please seek assistance from the TAs or the instructor. An assignment
that relies on lower-quality sources will receive a grade no better than a B.
You should directly answer (and justify your answers to) the following questions in your summary:
a. What are examples the claims made about your assigned technology?
b. Are these claims supported by article(s) the literature?
c. What are the drawbacks or challenges with using your assigned technology?
d. Does your technology have a role in sustainable buildings?
e. Describe the context (e.g., climate, building type, location, etc.) where it would make the most
and the least sense to use this technology for a sustainable building.
Your summary is limited to one page (single-spaced, 12 pt type, 1 inch margins) for the text. The list
of references does not count towards this limit and should also not exceed one page (same criteria as
above). All information in your summary should be correctly cited (as discussed in class) and the list of
references should follow the format for the journal Indoor Air:
50% Quality of Answers to above questions (equally weighted)
Specifics: Is your answer complete, succinct, factually accurate, and completed with sufficient depth for
your reader to make a decision about further investigation of the technology for their application?
25% Quality of Writing
Specifics: Is your writing clear, free from errors, with appropriate transitions, organized in a manner that
makes it easy to follow and appropriately introduced and concluded?
25% Quality of References
Specifics: Are your sources of high quality (as defined above)? Did you follow the format for references
and citations? Note that you should focus on depth and fewer articles rather than breadth and more
articles with limited information from each.
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