Environmentally sustainable materials
Write a formal analytical report on a topic that you will need to research well.
Explain and analyze the topic and compare or contrast alternatives.
Note that this is not a persuasive document (like a proposal) but an analytical research report.
The report topic is roughly based on what is covered in the INTD Materials 2 class and is focused on environmentally sustainable materials.
First, pick a general area you’re interested in knowing more about such as walls, countertops, lighting, or flooring. Then, choose an environmentally sustainable product/material used in that area. In the report, you will need to discuss and analyze
• the material’s characteristics, uses/applications, and benefits
• the material’s environmental/sustainable status [e.g. cradle to cradle protocol or life cycle analysis (e.g. Green Guard certification, LEED compliance, CaGBC compliance, embodied energy awareness, etc.) where applicable]
• installation, finishes, and anything else that may impact its sustainable status or enhance its sustainable status
• availability and costs and any implications of these (e.g. does this affect how sustainable the material actually is?)
• AND include and make a comparison with a similar product which does not follow these principles. Note: you could choose to compare the material to a similar sustainable material if you like but it’s usually easier to compare a sustainable and non-sustainable option.
Your topic should reflect your research and an analysis of the product. So, don’t rephrase information from the product website only. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of both materials and discuss the implications of your findings. Make sure you include all relevant report sections/supplements. Your report should be about 15 pages long, including supplements (+- 10 pages of writing for the report contents itself, plus the extras like Table of Contents, Letter of Transmittal, reference list, etc.).
The Fine Print:
1. The Internet may not be the only source for research. I’ve included a handout in the assignment folder on how to use the BCIT Library databases and some of your information MUST come from here. You can also review bcit.ca/sustainability and Appendix F in your textbook for ideas.
2. You and your partner will receive the same grade for the report as you are each responsible for dividing the load, editing, and reviewing each other’s work. If you have any issues within your team, please let me know ASAP, and I can take this into consideration with the grades.
3. You should include case studies, examples, visuals, graphs, and other graphic highlighting techniques to enhance and explain your information. Any graphics need to be labelled and titled correctly.
4. Ensure you produce a high-quality, well-written document in your own words. Plagiarized work will be heavily penalized. Don’t cut and paste with notations of the author for the whole report or cop & paste from Google. Your ideas, your comparisons, and your analysis carry a large portion of the weight of the report.
5. You must include a correct reference list as well as correct in-text referencing (you can choose what style to use but MLA is most common for INTD).
6. The report must be typed, well spaced at about 1.15 spacing, 12 point font, in the appropriate format (with all correct report supplements), spell-checked, and professionally presented.
7. Incorporate headings and sub-headings for better reader access
8. Save the report as a Word doc or PDF and upload it to the D2L in the correct Dropbox. You only need to submit ONE copy of the report per team.
9. Your team will do an in-class persuasive presentation based on the report topic in the last class, in which you persuade the audience to adopt the sustainable material.
NOTE: Your report, however, is not meant to be persuasive (like a proposal) but analytical.
10. The report is worth 30% of your final grade; the presentation is worth 20% (50% total).
TIPS FOR BETTER TEAM WORK:
It’s really helpful for group dynamics if you divide up the work into the following roles:
someone volunteers to be the coordinator (confirms who is writing which parts and follows up with the partner on when and how to submit the parts)
someone volunteers to be the compiler (receives the individual parts and compiles them into one document which is paginated, uniform in style, has correct in-text references, etc. This role requires someone with excellent Word skills)
someone volunteers to be the peer editor (reviews the finished product for mistakes and makes the edits to the final document; these are minor edits, spelling mistakes, typos etc., not substantial changes; this job will be very time sensitive as it will be done at the “last minute” and requires a detail-oriented person)
someone goes through the checklist for reports before final submission to ensure you have all the correct supplements.