Towards a zero emission built environment – M.Sc. programme in
|Institusjon||NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology|
|Nøkkelord||interdisciplinary, architectural design, professional role, lifecycle perspective,|
|Kategori||Energi- og Miljø|
AbstraktAt the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, an
international interdisciplinary M.Sc. programme in Sustainable Architecture starts in autumn
2010. The curriculum is based on long experience with graduate and post-graduate courses in
the field, which are now being bundled into one holistic education.
The M.Sc. programme aims to educate building professionals in the use and
development of competitive methods and solutions for existing and new buildings that will
contribute to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to the production, use,
management, and demolition of architecture in a life-cycle perspective.
Throughout the two years of the M.Sc. programme, a holistic perspective stresses the
many architectural expressions and possibilities encompassed within a zero emission built
environment. Within each of the theory and project courses, high demands are made towards
integrated design strategies to ensure usability and synergy of the design with its
surroundings and users. The students are continuously trained in interdisciplinary cooperation
enabling them to integrate these routines in their professional practice.
The paper describes the learning aims, course structures and pedagogical methods of the
M.Sc. programme. In addition, it focuses on the strong link with the Research Centre on Zero
Emission Buildings at NTNU, ensuring immediate contact with and transfer of high-quality
research and practice experiences in Norway and abroad: education and research institutions;
producers of materials and products for the building industry; contractors, consultants,
architects; trade organisations; public administration; public and private construction and
property management; and users.
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