TEP4290 - Modeling of Built Environment Systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 70/100 45 minutes D
Assignment 30/100

Course content

The course focuses on the development of transformation pathways for built environment systems (e.g., buildings, infrastructures, automobiles) in order to meet given service requirements within a framework of available resources and limited sinks for pollutants. Particular attention is given to the analysis of stocks, their composition, key drivers, physical inputs and outputs, and the consequences for the environment. The tools used to model and simulate transformation pathways focus on dynamic MFA and scenario development (forecasting and backcasting).

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The students will be able to formulate the key problems related to selected built environment systems, to describe the state of the art tools used to analyze these problems (including their strengths and limitations), and to describe the legal and socio-economic context.Skills: The students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to select appropriate system boundaries to answer specific questions related to a problem, to develop models suitable to identify alternative transformation pathways, and to discuss different interventions in terms of their effectiveness and potential co-benefits, trade-offs, risks, and barriers.General competence: The students will be able to conduct a literature research using online databases and library systems, to work effectively in a team, and to communicate their findings in an effective and transparent way in oral (presentation) and written form (scientific report).

Learning methods and activities

Lectures by teachers and external experts, guided self-study for selected case studies (individual and in groups), and seminars with student presentations.Course language is English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The course includes two compulsory assignments: a shorter exercise on the vehicle fleet and a longer exercise on the building stock. Both exercises can be conducted in groups of up to 3 students.

The final grade is composed of the written report on the building stock exercise submitted by the group (30%) and an oral exam at the end of the course (70%).

The re-sit examination will be conducted as an oral examination.

Course materials

According to agreement in the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TVM4129 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Waste Management and Recycling Technologies
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 30/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 70/100 D

2024-05-06 - 2024-05-07

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral exam 70/100 D
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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