This page will use the University of British Columbia Farm as a case study to demonstrate sustainable design approaches, measures, and practices. The building industry currently contributes about 40% of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere globally. The ecosystem approach to sustainable design will be explored, using the Farm as the ecosystem in question.
The objective of these pages is to introduce various concepts of solid mechanics and finite element analysis to interested Engineering students. As solid mechanics borrows many of its ideas from linear analysis, I have included an introductory section on linear algebra with the hopes that a student would differentiate between pure “Mathematical” and “Physical” concepts.