AAR4833 - Concepts and Strategies in Sustainable Architecture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 ALLE

Course content

An introduction to various concepts such as energy-efficient, sustainable and zero-emission buildings and built environments, and the challenges and strategies related to their design. The course provides a broad overview of the issue ranging from insight in the history of sustainable architecture to the most up-to-date concepts of zero-emission buildings and built environments. The course also provides an insight into the climate changes and as such the backdrop for the need to design sustainable buildings and cities with considerably less greenhouse gas emissions.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: environmental challenges and sustainable development of the built environment; green building concepts from solar houses to Zero Emission buildings; strategies for mitigating environmental impact of the built environment.

Skills: The students will learn to identify, understand and analyse terminology, principles and challenges related to sustainable architecture, more specifically energy-efficient and zero-emission buildings and built environment.

General competence: critical insights in green building concepts and sustainable development of the built environment.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, site visits, presentations and discussions.

Excursions can be arranged as part of the teaching of the course. The course leader will inform the students if the excursion is obligatory or optional at the start of the semester. Obligatory excursions will be free of cost for all students. Students who participate in optional excursions must expect to pay a small share of the expenses. For students who do not participate in optional excursions, an alternative will be offered.

Further on evaluation

One grade based on the delivered assignment and the oral presentation of it. You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)
Architecture - Continuing Education (ARAEVU)
Sustainable Architecture (MSSUSARC)

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic courses in architecture, engineering or urban planning.

Bachelor in architecture, engineering or urban planning; or equivalent.

Course materials

Case studies, research articles and other literature plus lecture notes and site visits

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

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Design, History and Technology
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Energy and Indoor Environment
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Assignment 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
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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