Master A&S » Methodology

The training in sustainable strategies applied to construction and urbanism involves integrating the following 3 areas of knowledge within the project:

  • Passive systems (bioclimatic design)
  • Active systems (energy-efficient facilities incorporating the active use of renewable energy sources)
  • Regulation and control (Building management systems and smart buildings)

The course provides a varied pedagogical content:

  • Theoretical classes given by the teaching staff responsible for each module and by invited lecturers.
  • Software classesin which students learn how to use design and calculation software related to sustainable architecture. For more information
  • Practical exercises for the application of the theory.
  • Visits to buildings and facilities constructed using sustainable strategies.
  • Product presentation sessions with specialised companies.
  • Seminar providing an introduction to the Passivhaus standard that was developed in the city of Brussels.
  • Personal research thesis consisting of an individual piece of work on a previously unpublished subject that is related to the course programme.
  • Bioclimatic building project that forms part of Module A and involves the application of passive design strategies.
  • Main project which will involve the practical application of some of the theoretical concepts and environmental design tools, controls and techniques picked up during the course.
  • Study trip (Green Tour) to a European city to visit buildings and ecological neighbourhoods constructed using sustainable strategies.