Sustainable Architecture


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of this project is to develop preliminary building design for a zero-energy building using advanced integrated design process methodology. Technical, spatial, social, functional, logistical as well as aesthetic problems must be solved in the integrated building design.  

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge of advanced integrated design
  • Must have knowledge of different strategies in the field of sustainable architecture
  • Must have knowledge of passive energy technologies in relation to indoor environment
  • Must be knowledgeable about the fundamental principles of Problem Based Learning (PBL) as implemented in the Aalborg PBL model at the Faculty of Engineering and Science (*)



  • Must be able to elaborate the building design through the advanced use of the integrated design process
  • Must be able to integrate technical solutions in relation to energy and climate with respect to the performance of the building
  • Must be able to evaluate the technical solutions for the building
  • Must be able to choose, implement and combine strategies for the use of passive as well as active energy technologies
  • Must be able to model and design zero-energy buildings with sustainable architectural qualities
  • Must be able to devise solutions which include social, technical and environmental aspects
  • Must be able to identify and target their design to the defined user group and their demands and well-being in the building
  • Must be able to structure project management activities based on a wellformulated problem formulation (*)



  • Can develop an integrated building proposal that fulfills all predefined architectural, functional and technical design criteria and target values
  • Can communicate proper terminology in oral, written and graphical communication and documentation of problems and solutions in the integrated design of buildings and building services
  • Can discuss and reflect on potentials and limitations in integrated building energy design
  • Must be able to reflect on, plan and manage a study project in a PBL learning environment (*)


Type of instruction

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



Name of examSustainable Architecture
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBæredygtig arkitektur
Module codeAODATM1SP173
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Technology (Architecture)
Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture and Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design