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Green Building in the Global South

November 4, 2019


Program Director:
Amy A. Kim, Asst. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Program TA:
Lysandra Medal, PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Anticipated Program Dates:
August 24, 2020 – September 11, 2020

Students will earn 5 credits (CEE and I&S)

Language: There is no language requirement, but students will have the opportunity to take a two-week, pre-departure Indonesian language course.

Ibuku Green School Indonesia

This three-week exploration seminar in summer 2020 is open to students in any field with an interest in engineering, construction and/or environmentally-sustainable development. As countries in Southeast Asia continue a path of modernization and industrial development, the role of renewable energy and energy efficiency will become critical in meeting worldwide sustainability goals.  Our program focuses on investigating context-driven energy efficiency strategies in the United States and Indonesia.

Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation and is one of Southeast Asia’s largest energy consumers. As the world’s largest archipelago and a developing economy, Indonesia faces unique challenges in ensuring equitable provision of modern energy infrastructure across its expanse of islands. Although it is a resource-rich country with a young population, its extant infrastructure is aging and inadequate. Moreover, major inefficiencies due to government-subsidized energy costs plague large-scale development. Focusing on energy efficiency strategies in Indonesia will offer students opportunities to learn the current state of technology while stimulating ideas for innovation.

Students will stay in campus housing at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta for the first two weeks abroad

Students will get hands-on experience and engage with faculty from Indonesia’s two most prestigious universities, the University of Indonesia and Bandung Institute of Technology. We will also work with industry partners, such as Fluidic Indonesia (Nant Energy) which delivers energy storage technology.

In Bali, students stay in Green Village, a compound of villas constructed almost entirely from bamboo, custom-designed by the IBUKU architectural team and built by hand

In Week 3, we travel to Green Village Bali where students will tour the campus and participate in a bamboo construction workshop (model making, joinery techniques and hands-on construction). Students will also have the opportunity to experience Bali’s cultural attractions, such as its world-famous temples.

No specific UW course prerequisites are required. Students should have a math education up to, but not including, calculus. Students should have taken some form of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry (or equivalent). Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome.

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