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University Programme in Sustainable Construction

Buildings play an important role in shaping the ecological, economical, social and cultural development of a society. Sustainable construction poses a major challenge for the construction sector: companies need to both make optimal use of existing buildings and find new ways to use resources more efficiently.

The university programme in Sustainable Construction at TU Graz and Vienna University of Technology brings you up to date with the latest developments in sustainable construction. You learn about current methods, theories, trends and tools in the building sector and can use the competences you acquire at your workplace. In addition, you are trained as an ÖGNI auditor. This certificate programme is an ideal postgraduate training course for managers in the construction industry, who have specialised in sustainable construction, or who wish to specialise in this area.


You acquire comprehensive knowledge of the following areas:  

1st and 2nd semester (certificate and Master of Engineering):

  • Introducing and changing the environment
  • Ecological sustainability
  • Economical sustainability
  • Social sustainability
  • Buildings and energy
  • Project development and design
  • Repair, maintenance and refurbishment
  • Certification of buildings  

3rd and 4th semester (Master of Engineering):  

  • Economic factors and facility management
  • Regional planning and spatial planning
  • Integrated design
  • Writing of master’s thesis

In addition, you are trained as an ÖGNI auditor. The ÖGNI examination is taken after the course has been completed.

Target Groups

The university programme is aimed at

  • planners from the construction sector (e.g. architecture, civil engineering, building services engineering),
  • clients, investors (e.g. at real estate funds, project developers from larger municipalities, provincial real estate organisations, national real estate organisations, building departments at large companies).
  • public administration departments, and
  • future auditors for the ÖGNI building certification.

Furthermore, this programme provides postgraduate training for managers in the construction industry, who have specialised in sustainable construction, or who wish to specialise in this area.

Admission Requirements

  • An internationally recognised academic degree, e.g. a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a technical subject, natural sciences, law or economics from a university or university of applied sciences in Austria or abroad
  • Graduates from a non-technical field of studies also need to have 2 years of relevant professional experience.

Dates and Deadlines

Next course start: 21 October 2021

Application deadline: Application still possible

Early Bird Discount: until 30 May 2021

Timetable (in German)


Info Sessions:

  • 18 May 2021, 5:30 p.m. (online)
  • 22 June 2021, 5:30 p.m. (online)

Registration at officenoSpam@nachhaltigesbauen.eu



The university programme in Sustainable Construction is a cooperation between  TU Graz (Life Long Learning) and  TU Wien (Academy for Continuing Education).

Sustainability Award of the Federal Ministry for Science and Research and the Food Ministry in the category of teaching and curricula


Quick Facts

Registration Fee

  • Master of Engineering (MEng): € 18,000 (VAT free)
  • Certificate: € 10,000 (VAT free)
    If, after completing the certificate, you also decide to complete a Master of Engineering degree, you will be charged an additional fee of € 9000.
  • Early Bird Bonus: Applications received by 30 May 2021 are entitled to a 10% early bird bonus on the total tuition fee. This means that the tuition fee is € 16,200 instead of € 18,000 or € 9,000 instead of € 10,000. Only one bonus can be claimed for each student. No further discounts are possible.

This fee does not include travel, lodging or meals expenses.

Further information:


1. Online Application

Fill in the online application.

2. Application documents

Afterwords we ask you to send the required documents (scans) by e-mail to officenoSpam@nachhaltigesbauen.eu:

  • Digital photo (min. 284 x 426 Pixel,:file format bmp, wbmp, jpg, jpeg, png, gif)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Cover letter
  • proof of school graduation and academic degree  
  • proof of former inscriptions at Austrian universities
  • copy of passport

3. Application Interview  

You will be invited to an interview with the programme director.

Alexander Passer
Alexander Passer, programme director, TU Graz

Climate change is the greatest threat to sustainable development in all parts of the world and has far-reaching, unprecedented impacts. The construction sector, including buildings, is the biggest polluter, but also holds enormous potential.

Source: TU Wien
Karin Stieldorf, programme director of the course, TU Wien

Excellent architecture is sustainable. Excellent technology is architecture’s perfect partner. This combination of architecture and engineering results in houses that are forward-looking, environmentally friendly and great to live in.

Benefits of Completing this University Programme

After completing the programme, you will have the following competences:


  • you will view the life cycle of buildings in a holistic manner, understanding the need for better design quality, modified construction products and construction systems.
  • you understand the changes in competition and the design process, connected with sustainability in the construction sector.
  • you have mastered the fundamentals of sustainable economics and use the necessary tools in building practice and construction projects.
  • you are aware of the connections between building energy use and climate protection, and can issue energy certifications for buildings.
  • you have the necessary specialist knowledge to complete the ÖGNI auditor examination.
  • you develop and implement sustainable strategies in an interdisciplinary working environment.

Master of Engineering:

In addition to the competences from the certificate, you will also be able to

  • bring the acquired knowledge to your working environment, further developing and adapting it,
  • develop implementation strategies for sustainability in the construction sector,
  • adapt knowledge and tools of construction to different situations,
  • use sustainable strategies in new situations and adapt them as required.

Career Options and Qualifications

An increasing number of real estate companies are reworking their internal planning guidelines to reflect the principles of sustainable construction, and want to certify new buildings. This means that there is a dramatic increase in demand for qualified technicians. As there is no comprehensive training in sustainable construction in standard degree programmes, graduates of this study programme have a clear advantage in the job market. Graduates work

  • in all areas of building construction design,
  • in project development and
  • in building operation.  

In addition, graduates can work as auditors for ÖGNI building certification.

Tobias Mutter, Source: sceneline
Tobias Hutter, ATP Sustain GmbH, course graduate 2015

The topic of sustainability has set in motion a decisive shift in values in construction. More and more people want to use buildings that have a positive relationship with the environment. This degree and university programme is a good starting point for dedicated people wishing to help design a better world.

Lucia Edelsbrunner

Information Events and Individual Advice

We are happy to provide you with information and talk to you in person. Please contact

TU Graz Life Long Learning
Phone: +43 316 873 4937

Programme Directors

Alexander PASSER
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. MSc
Phone: +43 316 873 7153

Ass.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Phone: +43 1 58801 253441