AAR4821 - Sustainable Facility Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 50/100 7 weeks
Group assignment 50/100 7 weeks

Course content

The course studies the concept of sustainability in relation to the field of real estate development and facilities management. The course covers use of various analytical methods such as life cycle assessment (LCA), reuse, circular economy, life cycle costs (LCC) and the certification approach BREEAM, Miljøfyrtårn and LEED, in addition relevant sustainable standards. Important elements will be what is meant by the term sustainability, the factors affecting sustainable facility management and strategies for how this can be handled for an organization. Special emphasis is placed on a holistic perspective where business, building design, technology use, support and services are seen in context. The course will focus on current issues for Real Estate and Facility Management which may be different from year to year.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE: The candidate shall have in-depth knowledge of the concept of sustainability, and specialized knowledge of what factors affect sustainable management and strategies for how this can be developed and managed in commercial business and public institutions. The candidate has basic knowledge of the relationship between organization and management, economics, building design, technology use and support functions and how this are understood in an overall perspective. A thorough knowledge of analytical methods such as life cycle analyses, circular economy and annual costs are expected. A technical understanding of LCAs and standards. SKILLS: The candidate can conduct independent assessments and analyses of real estate and facility management organizations and building management, and identify factors that are important for sustainable facility management. The candidate can use relevant theory and empirical data to discuss important relationships linked to sustainable facility management and make recommendations for improvements in relation to a sustainability perspective, and can conduct independent, limited projects and case study under supervision and in accordance with good practice. GENERAL COMPETENCE: The candidate can convey the importance of a sustainability perspective and the value of this both in a social perspective and in relation to the individual real estate development and facility management. The candidate should also be able to communicate results from independent project work both in writing and orally in a structured and clear manner. The candidate can apply relevant academic terms and concepts related to sustainable facility management in a professional and scientific manner, and have a well-developed understanding of academic and ethical integrity and critical reflection.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars are based on relevant sustainable theory as well as being practice based and research based. There are also an on-site visit to different organisations in Real Estate and Facility Management. There will be case studies where real life projects and problems are analyzed in cooperation with practice. In addition, in-class activities where students work in groups to address a particular question, which are followed up through discussion.

Further on evaluation

Assessment 1: Individual assessment handed in as mid-term. The grade is individual to the student's work and is worth 50% of the overall grade. Assessment 2: Group assessment handed in at the end of the semester. The grade is common for the group, so all members are expected to work together on the task. This grade is 50% of the overall grade. Students needs a passing grade in both assessments to pass the course. You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period.

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic courses in architecture, civil engineering, real estate / facilities or equivalent bachelor degrees.

Course materials

Readings at semester start

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Facility Management
  • Energy and Indoor Environment
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Group assignment 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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