Towards a zero emission built environment -- M.Sc. programme in sustainable architecture

Wyckmans, A.
June 2010
Proceedings of the Renewable Energy Conference;Jun2010, p239
Conference Proceeding
At the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, an international interdisciplinary M.Sc. programme in Sustainable Architecture starts in autumn 2010. The curriculum is based on long experience with graduate and post-graduate courses in the field, which are now being bundled into one holistic education. The M.Sc. programme aims to educate building professionals in the use and development of competitive methods and solutions for existing and new buildings that will contribute to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to the production, use, management, and demolition of architecture in a life-cycle perspective. Throughout the two years of the M.Sc. programme, a holistic perspective stresses the many architectural expressions and possibilities encompassed within a zero emission built environment. Within each of the theory and project courses, high demands are made towards integrated design strategies to ensure usability and synergy of the design with its surroundings and users. The students are continuously trained in interdisciplinary cooperation enabling them to integrate these routines in their professional practice. The paper describes the learning aims, course structures and pedagogical methods of the M.Sc. programme. In addition, it focuses on the strong link with the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings at NTNU, ensuring immediate contact with and transfer of high-quality research and practice experiences in Norway and abroad: education and research institutions; producers of materials and products for the building industry; contractors, consultants, architects; trade organisations; public administration; public and private construction and property management; and users.


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