AAR6034 - Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings - Design of Zero Emission Building Sand Plus Energy Houses


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

In the first part, an introduction to theory and principles for the design of zero-emission and plus energy buildings is presented. Examples of solutions and presentations of realized projects from Norway and other countries will be given. An introduction to the use of relevant calculation methods and programs will also be given.

The lecturers on the course have specialist expertise in various subject areas which are central to design and construction of plus houses. The examples and principles presented are based on both national and international projects, research results and experiences, with the main emphasis on Norwegian/Nordic conditions.

In the period between the two gatherings, there will be homework in the form of a project assignment. The course participants will be divided into interdisciplinary groups that will work together to design and document a plus energy building. There is an opportunity to start from projects that the group participants are involved in through their practice.

At the second gathering, the group work will be presented, and you will receive feedback from the course instructors. The project assignment will be the basis for assessment (pass/fail) in the course.

Learning outcome

Know the main principles for the design of buildings to ensure a good thermal indoor climate, good daylight conditions and low greenhouse gas emissions. Understanding of building engineering and energy engineering principles for designing plus energy houses. Knowledge of technical solutions and concepts for plus houses. Be able to master methods and tools for planning and documentation of energy use and indoor climate.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group work, guidance

Further on evaluation

Delivered and accepted project report

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Continuing Courses in Architecture and Traditional Building Craft (EVUADATB)

Required previous knowledge

Completed bachelor's degree or equivalent in construction, architecture, mechanical engineering, or similar. Other relevant education or professional experience can provide a basis for admission after individual assessment / assessment of real competence.

Advantage with experience from the design of buildings (architect, construction, ventilation, electrical). Advantage with knowledge of standards for calculating energy use in buildings (NS-NSPEK 3031, NS 3700/01).

Course materials

Lectures and notes

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level



Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology

Department with administrative responsibility
Pro-Rector for Education


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