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Sustainable Building 7.5 credits

Hållbart byggande
First cycle, V0015B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Civil Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering
Main field of study
Architecture, Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Knowledge of construction and building materials etc. V0011B, F0007B and K0002B.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
When you have taken this course you should be able to:
1. explain and critically remain to the concept “Sustainable development” at a national and global level; the origin of the concept, how it has developed and the definitions and of today.
2. explain the structures and functions of the ecosystems which contribute with resources and be able to relate these to the building.
3. explain and compare reasons that threaten a sustainable development of society. Be able to give examples and explain effects of non-sustainable activities and relate these to building.
4. explain what economical, juridical and political steering tools that are available, national and international and relate these to sustainable development
5. give examples of an engineer’s professional role and responsibility to achieve a sustainable development of society.
6. describe energy, material and waste flows in society and give examples concerning handling of materials and recycling possibilities in construction.
7. give examples in which way urban areas can be planed, designed and be built to achieve a sustainable development to increase the social aspects in the urban areas and decrease the environmental pressure on nature and culture environments.
8.discuss and reflect on sustainable development in relation to planning, building and construction with a system perspective and be able to explain expressions such as suboptimization in this context.
9. write and review scientific manuscripts and argue with scientific references 

In this course, the concept sustainable development will be dealt with from ecological, economic and social perspectives and relate this to building of society and construction. Threats towards sustainable development will also be dealt with. Flows of materials and waste in society and recycling possibilities in construction is also included in the course as well as steering tools to promote a sustainable development.

Within the course frame, focus is also on scientific writing, and argumentation with scientific references as well as how citations should be made in scientific texts. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course consists of lectures, a project task and mandatory seminars. Theoretical parts will be dealt with at lectures. The aim of the project task is to give the students a possibility of working more practical with the concept sustainability development and relate the concept to building of society and construction. The project work results in an article of scientific format and is presented in small groups. By the seminars and the reflection task, the students are given opportunity to reflect more about sustainable development, how the concept have developed during the years as well as about their own role and responsibility as a future professional engineer about a sustainable development in the building sector.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course aims 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 och 7 are examined with written exam (#0005). The course aims 5 and 8 are examined by active participation at two seminars (#0007) and with individual written reflections (#0008). The course aims 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9 are examined by a project task (#0006). To pass the project task pass is needed for a written article, an individual written opposition as well as active participation at the oral presentation.

The course may not be included in the same degree as   L0010N , Sustainable Development

Annelie Hedström

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0005Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA10
0006Project taskG U 3 4 52.50MandatoryA10
0007SeminarU G#0.30MandatoryA10
0008AssignmentU G#0.20MandatoryA10

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 20 Jan 2009

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021