Multi-storey Timber Construction - Low Carbon Building Design

The changing of the climate requires innovative thinking within the construction industry. This summer school is aimed at you, who is concerned about climate change, and would like to know how to incorporate sustainability in construction. On top of that, you get to improve your team work skills with Danish and international students.


Summer School


3 weeks

Campus city

Aarhus C

Study start

31 July 2023

About the Multi-storey Timber Construction summer school

  • Dates

    31 July - 18 August 2022


    English - please note that VIA University College requires students attending VIA Summer School to be fluent in English. All summer schools requires active participation both orally and in writing. This means students must have an English level of at least B2 (CEFR scale) upon arrival. You can find more information about language requirements here.


    5 ECTS

    Academic level

    BA level


    This course is designed for students and professionals within construction, engineering or architecture. 

    Students must be at least 18 years old to apply.

    Maximum enrolment

    Maximum 35. Students are accepted according to a first come, first served basis

    Application deadline

    1 April 2023


    VIA University College, Campus Aarhus C, Ceresbyen 24, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

  • Content

    Considering multi-storey timber construction opens up new ways to build innovatively, efficiently and in an environmentally conscious way. The construction industry has become aware of these opportunities and is asking for skills and expertise in order to be able to develop projects within this field.

    During the course, you will be exposed to international state-of-the-art projects, as well as focus on pre-fabrication in the construction process and how to work with wood-based structures such as CLT (cross-laminated timber). In addition, you will specifically study topics of sustainability within construction, as well as the value and advantage of working with multi-storey timber constructions compared to steel-, concrete- or brickwork structures. Structural design, knowledge of fire safety and circular design (design for separation) will be central subjects of the different projects.

    The summer school will be structured around cases featuring multi-storey timber construction design, which will be processed in groups. The course will finish with the presentation of a final project from each group.

    Learning outcomes 


    • Obtain a profound understanding of low carbon building design
    • Understanding complexity of wood-based structures both within the design as well as the implementation stage
    • Understanding the dynamics and challenges of a design team


    • Ability to make a qualified choice of building materials with respect to low carbon design
    • Ability to prepare or modify an outline of a multi storey building based on prefabricated low carbon building components
    • Ability to work systematically in a design team


    • Acquire competencies in applying sustainable low carbon solutions in building design
    • Competencies within overall planning, analysis and progress of a low carbon design project
    • Teamwork and communication in practice

    Teaching methods and study activities

    During the course, you will work in groups to develop, qualify and carry out a modified outline proposal of a multi storey low carbon building. Lecturers will provide specific classes and links to learning resources. The course will include lectures, visits, group work and individual work related to the assignments. It is required and necessary for the student to prepare thoroughly by reading the specified literature and the tasks specified in the lecture plans.


    Oral group examination consisting of a group presentation followed by a discussion between students and examiners. The duration of the exam is approximately 60 minutes for groups of three to four people or 75 minutes for groups of five to six people. The examiners will be internal. You will receive an individual grade based upon an overall assessment of written group report, presentation and discussion as well as an individual report.

  • All students are required to pay tuition fee for this course.


    EU-citizens: 4.850 DKK
    Non-EU citizens: 9.350 DKK

    Please be aware that the above prices are estimated prices, and are subject to change. The final prices will be updated in the near future.

    Course fee includes

    Classes and tuition 
    Social programme including a number of different events
    Electronic graduation certificate

    Accommodation, meals (food and drink), insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the fee.

    Note: This course is offered under the act of Danish Open University.

  • Apply now

    Apply here.

    For more information about the application process go to How to apply to Summer School.

    Contact us via email

    VIA Summer School

    Please note: If you are accepted, please wait for a final confirmation that the course will be held as a minimum number of students is required to run the course.

    Please do not enter any cost-commitments (such as visa applications, travel etc.) before you have received written confirmation from VIA Summer School that the course will be arranged, since VIA has no possibility to reimburse costs when courses are cancelled.

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