AAR8330 - Zero Emission Neighbourhoods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
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

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

Skills: 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.

Learning methods and activities

Emneinfo: You can choose between two types of deliverables, each awarded with 7.5 ECT:

• Written final report (8-12 pages) based on literature used in lectures (at least one central reference in the report should be from the lectures) and your own PhD project. Choose one peer reviewed journal in your field and follow its formal requirements. Please indicate which journal you have chosen when submitting the report. The candidate presents the report at the "ZEN mini conference" at the end of the semester.

• Written final paper (8-12 pages) based on literature used in lectures (at least one central reference in the report should be from the lectures) and your own PhD project, + presentation of the paper in a final "conference". Choose one peer reviewed conference in your field and follow its formal requirements. Please indicate which conference when submitting the paper. The candidate presents the paper at the "ZEN mini conference" at the end of the semester. The deliverable (report or paper) has to be connected to one of ZEN's pilot areas, which means that there should be a discussion of what the hypotheses and findings of the report or the paper mean for at least one of the pilots. The deadline for the paper/report is May 21st. Submission happens through e-mail to

The "ZEN mini conference" takes place in June where the candidate presents his or her report/paper to an audience. The assessment of the reports/papers will be done in cooperation with an external sensor. Since we are not planning to publish your papers and reports you are free to publish them elsewhere. Your submission to the course may not be included as a whole in the PhD thesis, e.g. just submitting a paper that you were writing for your thesis anyway is not acceptable.

However, it is no problem if there is considerable overlap between what you write for your thesis and what you hand in as course assignment since such overlaps will be difficult to avoid. ; (S2)

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 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

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: Approved report

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