Sustainable Buildings (from Spring 2020 - update in progress)





Offered by

Civil Engineering




For exchange/transfer students:
General admission requirements.

Main purpose


The students will gain knowledge about the concept of sustainable buildings.


After completion of the course, the student must be able to:
• Define sustainability i.e. relate to and apply sustainable concepts and understand The UN Sustainable Development Goals - 17 SDG's
• Understand and work with the importance of early teamwork in the planning process between developer, architect and engineer – Integrated design process IDP.
• Understand and apply the concept of sustainable assessment tools, with focus on DGNB and introduction to LEED
• Design and analyse a building with respect of the concept of Integrated Energy Design.
• Work with Architectural Design, i.e. orientation and construction of building regarding optimal utilisation of passive solar heating, to create satisfying daylight level, etc.
• Work with Technical Design, i.e. investigation of different choices for energy supply heating/electricity (renewable), integration of mechanical/natural ventilation, etc.
• Calculate, analyse and evaluate the Energy performance Framework.
• Acquire knowledge and understanding of indoor environmental climate in buildings, i.e. simple analyse of daylight.
• Implement methods of LCA and Cradle to cradle concept



• Sustainable Assessment of Buildings.
• Working with the assessment tool DGNB, including sub areas such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
• Integrated Energy Design IED/Integrated design process IDP
• Sustainable building materials.
• Working with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Cradle to Cradle principals.
• Energy performance framework
• Indoor climate, daylight calculation

Teaching methods and study activities

One semester of 12 weeks. Acquired workload for students is estimated to 110 hours.   

 Activities include; theory, problem solving, compulsory written tasks and excursions.


• Material uploaded to studynet
• Internet
• IT tools: Excel, VELUX Daylight Visualizer, BEAT 2002, BE18, DGNB tools, SketchUp (optional)


The assessment is based on the following criteria.
– Attendance in class: 20 %
– 2-3 assignments 20 %
– Case study: 60 %



Grading criteria

Grading based on the Danish 7-point scale.

Additional information

Supplementing notes placed in studynet.


Dorte N. Holm

Valid from

8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Energy Design


Sustainability, integrated energy design, energy efficiency, low energy buildings.