Sustainability issues occupy central stage in the field of architecture. Considering the increased awareness of environmental stakes and increased building performance, these aspects will become more and more important in research and practical work related to architecture and construction engineering.
To address this demand, architectural and civil and environmental engineering studies are characterized by the increased integration of sustainability issues. This development is already observed in the existing EPFL course offering, both at bachelor and master levels. It is complemented at doctoral level by the specialized teaching program and the concrete support to researchers writing their PhD thesis in this field (IDEAS). Thus, the Minor aims at structuring this existing offer in a targeted orientation for the students, in order to make it transparent and explicit, and to guide them towards a richer and more coherent knowledge.
The central thread of this orientation is based on a in-depth approach of sustainable architecture and construction principles, which rely on the simultaneous integration of various parameters: efficient use of non-renewable resources, optimal user comfort mainly through passive means, bioclimatic specificities and, more generally, optimization of environmental, sociocultural and economic criteria.