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Interdisciplinary Sustainable Architecture

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4 semanas

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The course introduces the basic elements and trends for a thorough sustainability assessment of the built environment (first model layer). An interdisciplinary approach is followed to develop a conceptual neighbourhood model for assessing performance and urban policies. During the first week a conceptual model is developed from the architectural elements of buildings, serving function for performance through materials introduced as the basic building block. The second week builds the connection of constraints as the key for selecting materials and neighbourhood urban elements (the second model layer for green, blue and grey infrastructure) for optimizing performance on the joint building functions. Week 3 develops the basic tools for measuring from a global point of view and introducing energy, and its impact on climate change (CO2) as a new layer (third) on our neighbourhood sustainability model. On the last (fourth) week different techniques are presented for a joint assessment directly connected to policy issues.

Que aprenderé

How to evaluate the sustainability performance of buildings from materials, energy use, and urban infrastructure by creating a neighbourhood model adequate for developing a combined analysis for urban policy assessment.


Basic engineering concepts on energy, carbon footprint and materials properties and an elementary background on architecture and urbanism.


  1. Introduction to MOOC Topic
  2. Week 1: Materials relevance in buildings
  3. Week 2: Buildings, performance, functions and materials
  4. Week 3: Efficiency, sustainability and architecture
  5. Week 4:Objectives and assessment

Profesores del curso

Javier Orozco-Messana

Born in Valencia (Spain) in September 1962 he has worked both for Industry and at the University. Always focused on R+D and education responsibilities he has been senior manager for many years with an applied science focus. Today he is Associated Professor at UPV where he shares academic and research responsibilities with his position as Director for International Affairs at UPV (see a full CV: Currently his research interests are focused on Materials for Energy and Building Sustainability

Maria Valles-Planells

Born in Valencia she is Associated Professor for Green Infrastructure and ecology at the College for Rural Environment and Agricultural Engineering. Her research interests are connected to Green Infrastructure development and impact assessment at city and rural areas. Besides authoring 9 refereed research papers she has 17 congress participations and has participated in 10 projects.

Elena de la Poza-Plaza

Her academic duties include financial, business and entrepreneurship courses connected to sustainability and the environment. Besides authoring 25 refereed research papers she has 45 congress participations and has participated in 3 projects. Her research is connected to the business impact and modelling of different sustainability issues.

Dai Morgan

Dai is the Deputy Course Director for the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development. He holds a Masters Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Cambridge and earned his PhD researching novel polymer recycling processes. The project investigated the processing of thermally sensitive and mixed materials into a potentially useful form, and identifying possible applications for the resultant materials. Dai's research interests are in the general area of industrial sustainability, understanding how manufacturers (and related organisations) can bring sustainability into their operations and decision making, whilst accelerating the shift towards more sustainable outcomes through industrial activity. This has included work on how manufacturers can improve their non-labour productivity without changes to product and process, how sustainability factors can be brought into the design process and supplier relationships, and how manufacturers might support the transition towards systems which can support global needs, whilst remaining within planetary limits.

Naoko Ellis

Dr. Naoko Ellis (PhD ’03 CHBE) is a professor in the UBC Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering with a profound desire to help create a sustainable future. She is a professor in the UBC Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is also an alumna and graduated from UBC with her PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2003. Her commitment to a sustainable future is evident in her research interests, which include biomass utilization (bio-oil upgrading, biochar potential, and biodiesel production), sustainability leadership, CO2 capture (chemical looping combustion), and multiphase systems. She also works towards her sustainability goals as Acting Senior Research Director of the CMC Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute and through sustainability-related projects in the community. Although much of her time is invested in teaching and meeting with graduate students, she still finds time to work in the lab and to help her three daughters with their homework.

Edmond Byrne

Dr Byrne has an extensive research and publication record in the field of chemical engineering education and engineering education for sustainable development (EESD) and chaired the 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education (ISEE) at UCC in 2010. He has an MA in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education from UCC and is a recipient of the UCC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is chair of the College of SEFS Teaching Learning & Student Experience Committee.

Kas Hemmes

Dr. Kas Hemmes is associate professor at TU Delft. After his master's in physics he was coordinator of the Delft fuel cell research program in the Materials Science Department for 15 years. As of 2001 he joined the faculty of Technology Policy and Management working on energy systems, sustainability and technology dynamics. He has coordinated a number of European and national research projects in the area of fuel cells, hydrogen and natural gas at the interface of technology and society. He has published 88 articles in ISI journals (Web of Science) and has an H-index of 13.

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