Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Interior Design

Research Sponsor

Amanda Rura

First Reader

Julie Whitmore

Second Reader

Dr. Virginia Gunn


Sustainability is a topic regularly discussed within today’s culture. Many people are worried about society’s future due to pollution, excessive use of nonrenewable resources, and more. Even with all of the growing awareness and promotion, the historical context and more specifically the passive design techniques used in buildings have received little attention. It is imperative to increase this awareness, as well as increase the application of passive sustainable techniques to ensure that sustainable building is efficient and effective. This project has two portions, a literature review and a design project. The literature review assembles research and techniques collected on passive sustainability and the history of sustainable design. The design project places these techniques to use in a realistic option for a single family residence for future implementation within the Akron, Ohio area. The residence was designed to evoke a sense of serenity and comfort by creating a safe, ecofriendly indoor environment without giving up the luxuries of the typical American home. Large windows maximize daylight to create the feeling of expansiveness while natural colors and materials blend the line between the indoor and outdoor environments.