Release Date: January 11, 2013

Architectural engineering targets energy efficiency

walters-spt.jpgLawrence Technological University’s five-year master’s degree program in architectural engineering helps prepare students to have an impact on the future of the planet. Students learn how to improve energy efficiency in buildings through a better balance between architecture and engineering.

Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of the world’s energy consumption. According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the energy consumption rate of buildings needs to be cut by 60 percent by 2050. Architectural engineering students can be part of the solution.

By combining an architectural design core with an engineering curriculum, LTU equips students with both the artistic perspective to understand what an architect is trying to accomplish and the specialized engineering skills to design and engineer energy-efficient structures.

 Architectural engineers analyze sites, building orientation, and exposure; design the heating, cooling, lighting, and power distribution systems; develop fire protection systems; and determine how water usage and waste will be managed and minimized.

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