Incorporating a Sustainable Construction module into the Building and Engineering Curriculum (University of Seville)

Project information

Index: 0376R1
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location ESPAÑA SUR Seville Andalucía Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2010
End: 2011

Topic of the practice

Embedding sustainability into building and engineering courses

Good Practice Information

The practice aimed to train future architects, designers and building engineers on energy efficiency in buildings by adopting good practice techniques and initiatives across Europe (lessons
from TrIsCo). The University of Seville has recently embarked upon a new Building Engineering degree course. The TrIsCo project presented practical examples and case studies for the students. As part of the Sustainable construction module they undertook a range of activities including:
· Participating in study tours in the Andalusian region to learn from practical examples of passive strategies for energy saving in buildings
· Assisting in the development of a simple CO2 assessment tool
· Researching good practices, policies and initiatives for energy efficiency across Europe
· Analysing case studies from TrIsCo partner regions
· Contributing to a feasibility study: renewable energy options for Viimsi Rural Municipality, Estonia

Evidence of success

Over 300 students is involved each year. Students have benefitted greatly from access to real data and the experiences of partners across Europe; the practical element of the course was particularly successful.The course has been significantly improved by the lessons learnt through TrIsCo. Through the analysis of best practices (across Europe) students have becomeaware of the similarities between different countries and their initiatives; and how they can be incorporated into their future construction projects. Finally using a simple dwelling evaluation tool, SEAT, students gain a better
understanding of more complicated professional softwares, which they will use to calculate energy demand and certifications of buildings.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Madelyn Marrero

Universidad de Sevilla

Annex completed on: 02-15-2012

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