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certification and sustainability management

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
- identify and analyse requirements for a sustainable building in all phases of planning
- contrast various national and international certification systems and methods of certification against each other.

prerequisites and co-requisites

basics building, building materials and building physics (bachelor level)

course contents

- Requirements of a sustainable building in the planning and construction process as well as in the operation
- National and international certification systems (DGNB, LEED, BREAM, CASBEE, TQA...)
- Green building as a decision criteria for investors and clients, consequences for the application and construction costs
- Methods in the implementation of certification

recommended or required reading

- Ebert, T.; Eßig, N.; Hauser, G.: Zertifizierungssysteme für Gebäude: Der aktuelle Stand der internationalen Gebäudezertifizierung. München: Detail, 2010
- Bauer, M.; Hausladen, G.; Hegger, M.: Nachhaltiges Bauen: Zukunftsfähige Konzepte für Planer und Entscheider. Berlin: Beuth, 2011
- Kolb, B.: Nachhaltiges Bauen in der Praxis. München: Blok. 2004
- Wallbaum, H.; Kytzia, S.; Kellenberger, S.: Nachhaltig Bauen: Lebenszyklus, Systeme, Szenarien, Verantwortung. Zürich: Vdf Hochschulverlag, 2011

assessment methods and criteria

Written examination with multiple choice items after the self-study phase. House or seminar paper and presentation or poster presentation

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

lecture, group work, presentation and discussion of tasks

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


year of study

2.year of studies

recommended optional program components


course unit code


type of course unit

compulsory subject

mode of delivery

in class course

work placement(s)

not applicable