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Bachelor's Degree in Gestão da Edificação e Obras

Building Sustainability

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Publication in the Diário da República: Despacho n.º 7571/2019 - 26/08/2019

5 ECTS; 2º Ano, Anual, 42,0 TP

- Anabela Mendes Moreira
- Ana Paula Gerardo Machado

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Raise awareness of the problems of preserving / valuing the quality of the environment and the impact of various environmental pollution phenomena. Know the basic principles and methodologies to be considered in civil construction interventions, in order to minimize negative effects on the natural environment. To promote the learning of the concept of sustainability indicator (s), durability (of materials and constructive systems), and life cycle analysis (of constructions). Emphasize the importance of ensuring the sustainability of the built environment, namely in the adoption of eco-efficient materials, in the reduction of pollutants, contaminants or toxic agents; the importance of the management of construction and demolition waste; and efficient management of energy and water resources. Highlight the contribution of innovative technology for the mitigation of polluting agents.

1. Contextualization of environmental sustainability. 2. The role of the UN and its historical framework. 3. Ecosystems and the effects of man / industry. 4. Sustainability indicators. Environmental management.5. The Construction Industry 5.1. Characterization of the construction industry in terms of environmental performance 5.2 The importance of a sustainable building 5.3 Factors to consider when selecting materials 5.3.1 Embodied energy. 5.3.2 Ecological impact 5.3.3 Potential for reuse and recycling 5.3.4 Toxicity 5.3.5 Costs and market value.
6. Construction materials 6.1. Redefinition of vernacular building materials and building systems 6.2 Manufacturing through products based on industrial waste 6.3 Recycled materials and products 6.4 Environmental product declarations.
7. Sustainable construction 7.1 Principles of sustainable development 7.2 Concept of eco-efficiency, durability and life cycle 7.3 Integration and interconnection of the concept of sustainability in the life cycle of a building 7.4 Efficient selection of building materials and building systems 7.5 Energy efficiency 7.6 Water efficiency 7.7 Natural lighting 7.8 Indoor air quality 7.9 Construction and demolition waste management 7.10 Environmental noise mitigation 7.11 Main systems for assessing the sustainability of buildings.7.12 Sustainable buildings 7.12.1 nZEB concept and framework 7.12.2 Passive house 7.12.3 Examples.
8. Technology and innovation in the development of Sustainable Construction 8.1 Nanotechnology 8.2 Smart buildings 8.3 Smart cities.

Evaluation Methodology
Assessment comprises two components:
(i) a closed-book theoretical-practical test (PE) either in continuous assessment or exam periods. A minimum mark of 8/20 in the test worth 50% of the overall grade.
(ii) practical work (TP), with a classification of 20/20 and a weight of 50% in the overall grade.
Each component (PE and TP) is composed of two parts: part I and part II. The grade of each component (PE and TP) is the sum of the marks obtained in each part (part I and II). Condition for approval: final classification equal to or greater than 9.5 out of 20.

- Berge, B. (2001). The ecology of building materials. .: Architectural Press
- Mateus, R. e Bragança, L. (2006). Tecnologias Construtivas para a Sustentabilidade da Construção. .: Ed. Ecopy
- Pinheiro, M. (2006). Ambiente e Construção Sustentável. Lisboa: Instituto do Ambiente
- Torgal, F. e Jalali, S. (2010). Sustentabilidade dos Materiais de Construção. Minho: TecMinho

Teaching Method
Lectures focusing on key theoretical topics supported by audiovisual resources. Interactive method with questions and challenges promoting reflection. Student-centred approach in which problem-solving and research is encouraged.

Software used in class
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