This course addresses the sustainability of buildings, construction materials and products. This is done by considering the raw materials, way of production, as well as the environmental and technical properties of building materials, building products and the entire construction, including the possibilities of their recycling or re-use. Besides this material aspect, attention is also paid to land use, and sustainable water and energy systems. The student will be able to assess buildings in regard to their sustainability, make basic designs of sustainable buildings based on the functional requirements, taking account of the 4 themes energy, materials, water and space.
Gaining insight into the impact of buildings on the environment, how to make use of space, materials, water and energy in a more sustainable way.