Construction Ecology and Metabolism
Construction Ecology and Metabolism examines the application of principles derived from nature to the design and construction of the human built environment. Readings
from ecology, construction ecology, and sustainable design are used to examine the potential for creating a built environment that is as resilient, adaptable, and
diverse as ecological systems. Additionally the potential for developing a synergistic relationship between human and natural systems is studied.
Module 3: On Complexity Theory, Exergy, and Industrial Ecology
Chapter 3: Construction Ecology. (CE)
On Complexity Theory, Exergy, and Industrial Ecology, James Kay
An Ecosystem Approach for Sustainability: Addressing the Challenge of Complexity
Embracing Complexity: The Challenge of Ecosystem Approach
On Complexity Theory, Exergy, and Industrial Ecology (PP)
Copy and paste what you have written in the submission field provided in Module 3 Assignment in Assignments.
1- In your own words define exergy and explain its role in this approach to sustainability. (250 words minimum)
2- In Using your imagination, write a story employing the information in Box 3.2 on page 80 of James Kay’s chapter. Then adapt the story to a built environment you are
familiar with (i.e. neighborhood, workplace, recreation area). (500 words minimum)
3- Formulate 4 (four) questions you had while reading this chapter. Answer all four either by your own research, surfing the web, or emailing your professor. (250
e. Reading Directions – Each assignment will indicate to either Read, Scan, View, or Visit Internet Sites. Below are descriptions of meetings.
Read: it is intended that you gain a thorough understanding of the book, paper, or other material.
Scan: obtain a cursory understanding or familiarity with the subject matter of the assignment.
View: means that the student should page through the PowerPoint lecture.
Visit Internet Sites: you are responsible for becoming generally familiar with the issues and current activities of the organizations at these sites.
The following are the abbreviations corresponding to the major reading assignments:
(1) Construction Ecology: Nature as the Basis for Green Building , C. Kibert, J. Sendzimir, and G. Guy, Eds., London: Spon Press, 2002. Available from amazon.com or
(2) Online access to the EBN Archives , Environmental Building News.
. All references must be fully specified at the end of each assignment and keyed into the written text by author, year, and page number(s) if the citation is a book.
Spelling and grammar are also subject to evaluation and will be considered in the grading of the assignments.
FORMAT FOR ASSIGNMENTS
The format for submitted assignment citations and references are listed below. For guidance, at least 50% of the references must be from journal sources and no more
than 50% of these may be internet references. The following are some basic directions for citing references in your paper. Note that citations refer to showing the
source of information within the paper itself. References are the list of sources for citations in the paper and are located at the end of the paper, in alphabetical
order. Additional information can be found at APA Style Essentials