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101-0608-00L  Building Materials and Sustainability

SemesterFrühjahrssemester 2016
DozierendeG. Habert
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung
KommentarPrerequisite: Sustainable construction (101-0577-00L). Otherwise a special permisson by the lecturer is required.

KurzbeschreibungAfter a presentation of the general environmental context and sustainability issues, this course will present practical example that help to promote sustainable practice in the built environment.
A particular focus will be done on the question of material and energy savings in regards to future urbanisation and climate challenges.
LernzielAfter the lecture series, the students are aware of the main challenges for a sustainable planning in the built environment.

They have an understanding on the

The built environment is here seen as the buildings and the infrastructure that need to be built and operated in order to supply our activities.
InhaltThe lecture series is divided as follows:
Lectures 1 to 5: In a first phase, the students study the basics of sustainable construction. They learn about General environmental context and sustainability issues. They learn also about assessment methods and sustainability certificates. The fifth lecture closes with a graded test. This accounts for 50 percent of the total grade for the semester.

Lectures 6 to 11: In the main block, the different constructive techniques are presented and discussed. An attention is paid to highlight the consequences of using one constructive technique in term of construction process as well as maintenance aspects during all the service life of the structure. Conventional (concrete, steel, precast, fired clay bricks) as well as non-conventional (organic fibres, bamboo, earth, stone) techniques will be studied.

Lecture 12: The final phase summarizes the lecture series and provides the possibility to discuss the main findings and conclusions.

Additional lecture: An excursion to a site where one of the presented constructive technique will take place.
SkriptFor each lecture slides will be provided.
LiteraturBasic knowledge of environmental assessment tools is a prerequisite for this class. Students that have not done classwork in this topic before are required to read an appropriate textbook before or at the beginning of this course (e.g. Baumann&Tillman, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to LCA: An Orientation in Life Cycle ssessment Methodology and Applications, Studentlitteratur, Lund, 2004).

Suggested reading list:
Meadows et al. Limits to growth, the 30 year update
MacKay, Sustainability without hot air
Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe lecture series will be conducted in English and is aimed at students of master's programs, particularly the departments ARCH, BAUG, ITET, MAVT, MTEC and UWIS.
No lecture will be given during Seminar week.

Currently, our other lecture series "Sustainable Construction" is offered in the autumn semester is aimed to provide a general understanding of the topic.
A second lecture on the various available certification labels for buildings is offered in the autumn semester.
Finally, the lecture series "Building materials and sustainability" will further deepen the basic knowledge of sustainable construction through the in depth analysis of the main sustainability issues related to the different building materials and their improvment potentials.

Attendance of the autumn semester lectures is not a prerequisite for this lecture series.