AAR8330 - Zero Emission Neighbourhoods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 100/100 A

Course content

Designing and planning a Zero Emission Neighbourhood (ZEN) is an interdisciplinary task. The course reflects this by conveying knowledge and skills that every PhD student working with ZEN-related topics should have. The course includes knowledge that help students relate their specific PhD projects within a larger societal and historical context. In this sense the course is advanced not by going into depth in selected topics but rather because it provides a broad overview of relevant topics.

The course is conducted in three seminars.

Seminar One:
ZEN - the whole picture.
Energy and CO2: from individual buildings to the European power system.

Seminar Two:
Smart cities: planning, design, and implementation.
Miniworkshop: Planing a good neighbourhood/NTNU campus.

Seminar Three:
ZEN Mini-conference: The PhD students present their course paper/report for an audience.

Learning outcome

The candidate will have an overview and an understanding of the complexity of the field of planning a zero emission neighbourhood.

The candidate will be able to communicate and cooperate with students, PhD-candidates, and researchers from other professions also working with planning and designing a Zero Emission Neighbourhood.

General competence:
The candidate will have an understanding of how his/hers own PhD work fits into the field of Zero Emission Neighbourhoods.

Further on evaluation

A conference paper (8-12 pages) connecting the candidate's research topic to one of the thematic areas and the literature covered by the course. Moreover, every conference paper should relate to at least one of the FME ZEN centre's pilot projects. The paper's draft is presented at a small, self-organised conference taking place on the final day, which is open to the public (ZEN Mini-conference).

Required previous knowledge

Masters degree in Architecture, planning, engineering or equivalent.

Course materials

Case studies (NTNU campus project), research articles and other literature plus lecture notes and site visits.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Design, History and Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology



Examination arrangement: Report

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Approved report 100/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
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