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AG2806 Environmental Aspects of the Built Environment 7.5 credits

Buildings and the built environment is responsible for a significant part of the societal environmental impacts. At the same time, they are essential for human activities and well-being. In this course, you will develop your understanding about the interplay between humans, buildings and the surrounding environment as well as strategies for reducing environmental impacts from buildings. The course is designed to give you a profound understanding about the environmental impacts of the built environment in relation to specific settings and contexts and the ability to suggest and argue for relevant approaches for assessing and adressing the environmental impact in planning situations that you might encounter in your future profession.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AG2806 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course activities include lectures, a lab and a project work in group with seminars.

The course covers:

  • the impact of buildings on human health, environment and natural resources
  • Approaches in the building and property sectors to mitigate environmental impacts associated with the built environment
  • Approaches, including tools and methods, for evaluating and assessing the environmental impact of buildings

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to give students understanding about the interplay between humans, buildings and the surrounding environment as well as strategies for reducing the environmental impacts from buildings.

After completing the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the potential environmental and health impacts caused by different stages in a building’s life span.
  • Be able to analytically discuss environmental hotspots regarding the built environment depending on local contexts and building types.
  • Suggest relevant approaches to reduce the environmental impact both from new building developments and improvements of the existing building stock.
  • Suggest relevant types of evaluation and assessment tools for decision contexts related to planning and management of buildings.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

In total 7,5 ECTS-credits within the subject environment and sustainable development, e.g. AL1301 Natural Resources Theory or AE1502 Environmental Systems Analysis for Energy and Environment, or AG2150 Sustainable Planning and Design

English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project Assignment, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1; 2,5 cr),
Project assignment (PRO1; 4.0 cr),
Computer lab (LAB1; 1,0 cr).

Final grade is a weighted average of the written exam and the project. "Pass" grade on the lab is required to receive a final grade.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment, Environmental Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Tove Malmqvist,