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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.

Content

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 start date: 16 November 2017
  • End of application period: 29 September 2017

Quick Facts

Source: TU Wien

Cooperation

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

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

 

 

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.

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

Further information:

Peter Maydl, Source: Fotostudio Furgler
Peter Maydl, programme director of the course, TU Graz

Sustainable construction will dramatically change competition between investors, planners and construction products. We must take a holistic approach to buildings, taking into account their life cycle, and ecological, economic, social and cultural aspects. People are only just becoming aware of this. Efficiency of energy and materials, reduction of emissions, life-cycle management, life-cycle costs and careful management of existing buildings will be of great importance in the future, as will safety, functionality and building culture.

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:

Certificate:

  • 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.

Application

Application deadline: 29 September 2017

Documents required:

  • Online application
  • Photo in digital form for student ID
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Transcript and certificates from degree held and secondary school leaving certificate (copy)
  • Proof of past enrolments at Austrian universities
  • copy of passport

Send your complete application documents by email or post to

Vienna University of Technology
Continuing Education Center
Operngasse 11/017
1040 Wien
officenoSpam@nachhaltigesbauen.eu

Information Events and Individual Advice

Info sessions

    • 26 April 2017, 5 p.m., TU Wien (location will be announced after registration)
    • 17 May 2017, 6 p.m., TU Graz, Bautechnikzentrum (Inffeldgasse 24)
    • 7 June 2017, 6 p.m., TU Wien (location will be announced after registration)
    • 14 September 2017, 5 p.m., TU Wien (location will be announced after registration)

    Please register for the info sessions via officenoSpam@nachhaltigesbauen.eu.

     

    Individual advice

    We are happy to provide you with information and talk to you in person. Make an appointment with

    Patrizia KASTENBERGER
    Mag.
    Phone: +43 1 58801 41708
    kastenbergernoSpam@cec.tuwien.ac.at

    Contact Us

    Programme Administration

    Vera POSCHAUKO
    Mag.
    Life Long Learning
    Rechbauerstraße 12
    8010 Graz
    Phone: +43 316 873 4932
    vera.poschaukonoSpam@tugraz.at

    Programme Directors

    TU GRAZ
    Peter MAYDL
    Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
    Phone: +43 316 873 7151
    peter.maydlnoSpam@tugraz.at

    TU WIEN
    Karin STIELDORF
    Ass.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
    Phone: +43 1 58801 253441
    karin.stieldorfnoSpam@tuwien.ac.at

    Staying up to date

    1. We will let you know if further information about the programme or the start date is available.