A uniquely interdisciplinary course, the Sustainability Exchange is a thesis project based course that gathers small teams of students from varying undergraduate fields to "deliver applicable end products for community problems requiring innovative methods and solutions."
The goal of this project was to design a prototype that could be used as a basis for comparing the environmental impacts of various building materials, allowing for architects to quickly compare and source materials that would help meet LEED certification standards.
Distilling a multitude of qualifying factors into seven distinct categories, the cards use an intuitive color code to highlight areas in which the materials fall short, allowing architects to make more informed decisions during the hectic sourcing process. Scores on the rear side of the card reflect environmental impacts throughout the entire lifespan of the material, which are then combined into a series of composite scores on the front. Other vital details including price and content breakdown are featured on the front of the card as well.