Materiality and Construction of Sustainable Buildings


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to knowledge obtained in 1. semester of the Master’s program in Architecture.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the diverse and specific qualities of building materials and constructions and their use in contemporary buildings. The course aims at providing an advanced understanding of material theory, experimental methods of working with materials and practice in design and evaluation of sustainable buildings. This includes insight into material behavior of selected materials, certification systems as well as appreciation of how materials may be applied and perceived within the architectural realm.       

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge of state-of-the-art materials and building products related to sustainable building design
  • Must have knowledge of green building certification systems, including principles for life cycle assessment and life cycle costs of materials
  • Must have advanced knowledge of perception of materials in architecture in relation to thermal, visual, tactile, acoustic and aging qualities and durability.


  • Must be able to carry out assessment and certification of buildings with regard to materials and construction
  • Must be able to master building detailing of sustainable architecture as regards to technical performance and materiality
  • Must be able to address developments in building materials and components as regards to technical properties, technology and impact on human perception


  • Must be able to independently discuss and reflect upon the complex use of materials in sustainable buildings
  • Must be able to independently discuss and reflect upon green building evaluation methods
  • Must be able to demonstrate a professional and interdisciplinary approach to the selection and application of materials in sustainable building

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in § 17.



Name of examMateriality and Construction of Sustainable Buildings
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
Without aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleMaterialitet og konstruktion af bæredygtige bygninger
Module codeAODATM2SK172
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture and Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design