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Sustainable Buildings

If you would like to make your company more climate-neutral or need to improve the greenhouse gas balance to meet legal requirements, you also have to consider the building sector of your company. The life cycle-based sustainability assessment of buildings plays a decisive role in this consideration.

In this university course, you will acquire knowledge that enables you to plan, optimise, and use your company buildings in a more climate-friendly way.

Dates and deadlines

  • Start date: 13 January 2025

  • Registration deadline: 4 January 2025

  • Course dates:
    Online phase:
    13 January - 7 February 2025
    Classroom phase: 10 February - 12 February 2025
    Transfer phase: 17 February - 14 March 2025



Key data

  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • ECTS credits: 5
  • Degree: Certificate from Graz University of Technology
  • Language of instruction: English/Deutsch
  • Participation fees: € 1.500,- (VAT-free), these fees do not include travel, accommodation, and catering costs.
  • Course location: TU Graz and online



How to apply

Registration deadline: 4 January 2025

Required documents: 

Please send your application by e-mail to helmut.aschbachernoSpam@tugraz.at.



Fundamentals and application of life cycle assessment and life-cycle costing in the building sector

  • Fundamental principles of the life cycle assessment and life-cycle costing methodology
  • System boundaries
  • Valuation methods
  • Databases and tools
  • Application examples, influencing factors, and strategies
  • Communication of results

Lif cycle-based sustainability assessment and optimisation of buildings

  • Fundamentals and trends for assessing sustainability in the building sector
  • Assessment, optimisation, and certification of building sustainability

Energy and buildings

  • Energy flows in the building, considering aspects of building physics and building technology

Teaching and learning methods

This course takes place in 3 phases:

Online phase: In the online phase, you will acquire fundamental knowledge through a process of self-study. This is done by referencing a combination of articles, literature on the topic, learning videos and taking advantage of other small learning offers. You can independently choose when and where you study. In order to ask questions and exchange information with lecturers and other course participants, you can freely access the TU Graz learning platform "TeachCenter". Before the online phase begins, a synchronous online session (e.g. by using Webex) will be held with the lecturer to provide an easy introduction to the module content. Every week, a synchronous online session with the lecturer is held, which enables you to reflect on the content and to ask any questions you may still have through a direct exchange.

Attendance phase: Based on what you learned in the online phase, you will deepen your knowledge in course units and receive personal support from experts on site. You have the opportunity to discuss, reflect upon, further expand, and apply the knowledge you have learned in the context of case study examples. Students who cannot be on site for professional reasons can participate in the courses via the online conference system (e.g. by using Webex).

Transfer phase: This phase takes place individually or in a team. Here, you will use the knowledge you have acquired to work on questions and problems from your company context. In this phase, you also receive support from experts.

Scientific head

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Alexander Passer MSc



Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Helmuth Kreiner


Target group

A prerequisite for admission to this university course is the fulfilment of a qualification specific to the target group, e.g.:

  • Engineers
  • Managers
  • Business economists
  • Counsellors
  • CSR Officers
  • Sustainability Officers

The course is particularly suitable for professionals from the following sectors/areas:

  • Industry (production, R&D)
  • Advisory services
  • Trade and logistics
  • Energy sector
  • Marketing & IT
  • Banking
  • Authorities

No prior academic training is required to attend the courses. The admission decisions are made by the scientific head based on the qualifications described in the application. 


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