The MSc in Sustainable Architecture at NTNU aims at educate and train building professionals in the use and development of competitive methods and solutions for lowering GHG emissions of the built environment in a life-cycle perspective.
According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change greenhouse gas emissions concentration in the atmosphere should be significantly limited in order to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. In a global and European perspective, buildings are accountable for about 40 % of all GHG emissions. IPCC reports point to measures in the building sector as being the most economical, when compared to other important sectors.
Nowadays, architects need to be able to design buildings able to establish a symbiotic relation with the natural environment. An architectural design process cannot any longer disregard a deep comprehension of the natural environment’s limits and resources, both in qualitative and quantitative terms. Scientific principles and laws governing nature, such as those found in organic forms, thus become a meaningful platform for imagining a new generation of buildings able to compensate the environmental impact related to their construction, operation and disassembly.