Sustainable Welfare Buildings


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of the project is to enable the students to develop preliminary building design for energy efficient welfare buildings with special emphasis on structure, materials and detailing aspects of architecture and using an advanced integrated design approach. Technical, structural, spatial, social, health, well-being, functional, logistical as well as tectonic and aesthetic problems must be solved in an integrated building design for a specific user group.         

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge of advanced integrated design
  • Must have knowledge of material and structural methods, principles and strategies that are applicable to sustainable architecture
  • Must have knowledge of architectural conditions for health and well-being
  • Must have knowledge of different strategies in the field of sustainable welfare architecture


  • Must be able to choose, implement and combine structural strategies with passive as well as active energy strategies in architectural design
  • Must be able to choose and implement building materials with adequate detailing
  • Must be able to model and design energy efficient buildings with sustainable structural qualities using computational design tools
  • Must be able to identify and target a design for a defined user group and defined activity with emphasis on indoor climate and sensuous qualities
  • Must be able to evaluate the sustainable standard of the building according to acknowledged environmental certification systems.


  • Must be able to develop a sustainable welfare building proposal that fulfills all predefined architectural, structural, functional, social, energy and acoustic requirements
  • Must be able to communicate proper terminology in oral, written and graphical communication and documentation of problems and solutions in the integrated design of buildings and building services
  • Must be able to discuss and reflect on tectonic, material, perceptive and aesthetic qualities of integrated sustainable building design

Type of instruction

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



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

Facts about the module

Danish titleBæredygtigt velfærdsbyggeri
Module codeAODATM2SP173
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