Architecture and Sustainability: Design Tools and Environmental Control Techniques

Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School

This Master's course begins with the idea that future of architecture will be influenced by two different factors: Ecology and High Technology. Using this premise as a base and following sustainable development principles, the first part of this Master's course in Architecture and Sustainability provides students with classes focused on understanding, conscientiousness and knowing how to minimise the environmental impact of buildings and urban growth in general. This needs to be done without surpassing the capacity of different ecosystems and at the same time meeting the needs for comfort.

This course provides the theoretical and practical instruction in sustainable architecture that you need to oversee a construction project from start to finish: materials, passive solar energy strategies, energetically efficient installations that incorporate the active use of renewable energy sources, minimal waste production and its posterior treatment. The second part of this Master's course is focused on oversight systems, regulation and centralised management as well as the management tools that are used to optimise strategies for sustainable design: telecommunications infrastructures, domestic automation systems, automation and the amortisation of installations.

Apart from the regular classes, this course offers sessions with specialised businesses so students learn about new products and their applications. As well, students will use specialised software used for virtual physics simulations and energy efficiency assessment and will learn the rules of the new Código Técnico de Edificación (Technical Building Codes) and other current energy certifications. Students will learn about the design and calculation tools incorporated into projects and the principles of bioclimatic design by using practical application exercises.

Throughout this course there will be multiple visits to installations that are real life examples. This course will finish with a field trip to see examples of eco-neighbourhoods and sustainable buildings built in other countries within the European Union, all built using sustainable construction criteria.

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By using theoretical and practical instruction focused on applying general sustainability principles to architectural projects and their urban environments this Master's course seeks to:

- Provide academic knowledge in sustainable architecture and urbanism.
- Familiarise students with the latest technology and technical design and calculation tools.
- Teach students about the innovative experiences in this field that have been developed in other countries and the rest of the world.
- Promote the exchange of knowledge between multidisciplinary groups.
- Boost students' knowledge in their professional areas.

Who is it for?

Architects and Engineers with advanced or associates degrees and graduates in environmental fields.


The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.

Environmental Architecture And Urbanism

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 03/10/2019. Barcelona
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(512 teaching hours)

Start date:
Classes start:03/10/2019 Classes end:18/06/2020Programme ends: 21/07/2020
Tuesday  15:30 to 20:30Thursday  10:00 to 14:00  15:30 to 20:30
Taught at:
EPSEB - Escola Politècnica Superior d'Edificació de Barcelona
Av. Doctor Marañón, 44-50

Registration fee:
6.600 €

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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.

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