MJ2460 Green Building - Concept, Design, Construction and Operation 6.0 credits

Uthålliga byggnader - design, bygg och drift

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successfully completing this course the student should be able to:

  • Understand and actively participate in the overall iterative and multidisciplinary  process of conceptualizing and designing an environmentally friendly building (low-emissions, low resource-consumption, small environmental footprint),
  • Choose and size building components, as well as energy and environmental systems suitable for different categories of buildings, and different climate zones, such as to achieve the smallest feasible life-time environmental impact,
  • Utilize a variety of tools and methodologies suitable for evaluating the resource consumption and overall environmental performance (environmental footprint) of buildings in different stages of their life cycles, as well as actively contribute to refining those tools and methodologies,
  • Evaluate the economic performance of buildings (operating & maintenance costs, real estate value), as related to their resource-consumption and environmental performance,
  •  Have a good understanding of key regulatory tools, including building codes, design guidelines, as well as relevant legislation governing the consumption of resources and emission of environmental pollutants by buildings, and be able to actively contribute to the refining of those tools.

Course main content

Green, sustainable building starts with site planning and evaluation, and proceeds through construction, commissioning, operation and demolition. This course deals in detail with the tools, methodologies, processes, and multidisciplinary stakeholder collaboration required for designing, building and operating sustainable buildings, as well as for evaluating their resource-related, environmental and economic performance in various stages of their operation and life.

Lectures given by experts from a number of related disciplines (energy technology, architecture, building physics, environmental management systems, real-estate economy) present the essential elements of integrated green building design and provide a framework for further in-depth study via a group project. Field trips include visits to a number of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings.


Sustainable Energy Utilization, MJ2407 or equivalent expertise (to be evaluated by the course coordinator)



  • PRO1 - Project, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 1.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Group project (4.5 hp)  Conceptual design of an energy efficient, low-environmental-impact building (apartment, office, or commercial building, school, hotel or other) located in a specific climate zone.  One grade (A-F) assigned per group.

Final exam (1.5)  Tests knowledge of subjects presented at lectures. One grade (A-F) assigned per individual. Individual grades ranging from A-F will be assigned based on the weighted contribution of the above.

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology


Jaime Arias Hurtado <jaime.arias@energy.kth.se>

Joachim Claesson <joachim.claesson@energy.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2008.