Sustainability in Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (edX)

Sustainability in Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Introduction is a free online MOOC Course, Offered by Universitat Politècnica de València via edX. This course is part of the Interdisciplinary Sustainable Architecture Assessment Professional Certificate.

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This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability Architecture. Learners will be introduced to the basic elements of sustainability assessments (first model layer), as well as trends informing the space today.

The coursework enables students to develop a conceptual neighborhood model for assessing performance and urban policies.

In the first week, participants will learn to develop a conceptual model from the architectural elements of buildings; the basic building block of which will be the performance of materials. The second week explores methods of optimizing performance. Coursework will detail the needs and constraints inherent in selecting materials and neighborhood urban elements (the second model layer for green, blue, and grey infrastructure).

In the third week, learners will develop the basic tools for introducing energy and measuring the potential impact on climate change (CO2). A new layer (third) on our neighborhood stainability model, will be approached from a global perspective. In the fourth and final week, the course will explore techniques for a joint assessment directly connected to policy issues.

What you’ll learn

  • How to evaluate the sustainability performance of buildings from materials
  • Ways to assess energy use
  • How to account for use of urban infrastructure
  • How to create a neighborhood model adequate for analysis and urban policy assessment


Week 1: Materials relevance in buildings

Week 2: Buildings, performance, functions, and materials

Week 3: Efficiency, sustainability, and architecture

Week 4: Integrated design and Business Models


  • Javier Orozco-Messana
  • Maria Valles-Planells
  • Elena de la Poza-Plaza
  • Dai Morgan, Naoko Ellis
  • Edmond Byrne
  • Kas Hemmes

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4 Weeks

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