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Universitat Politècnica de València

Built environment sustainability assessment

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The course introduces the basic elements and trends for performing a through built environment assessment and develops the tools for urban sustainability policy impact analysis.

During the first week the dimensions for urban sustainability are introduced first through an analysis of the classics, later followed by a master lecture on climate change by Nobel prize winner Edward S. Rubin and ending with an interview of the late Nobel prize winner Sir Harold Kroto on Nanoscience.

The second week builds the connection with the tools available through science for making our cities sustainable. The first video develops the possibilities of Nanomaterials, followed by the key impact of Green Infrastructure on the city metabolism and ending with an analysis of the role of smart grids on energy distribution for the future cities.

Week 3 the core chapters for assessment and impact analysis of the built environment. The first video develops the theoretical framework followed by the necessary Integrated Design approach to the assessment and impact evaluation presented on the last video.

Along the fourth week the main techniques for modelling a city are put together for understanding their essence and field of application. Beginning with the most detailed approach (BIM), the prevalent Life Cycle Analysis follows to end with an economical point of view through business models formulation.

The last week (fifth) the final envisaged paradigm of the circular city is presented starting from the grounding concepts which are developed in the proposed Circular City model. As a final point the Sustainability Plan for the University of British Columbia is analysed.


  • Week 1: Dimensions for urban sustainability
  • Week 2: Tools for developing a sustainable built environment
  • Week 3: Evaluation and assessment
  • Week 4: City models
  • Week 5: Circular economy city

Taught by

Javier Orozco-Messana, Elena de la Poza-Plaza, Dai Morgan

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2.2 rating, based on 4 reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Very superficial course, it should have taken more time on content explanation

    Questions from week's exam in another exam

    Questions nothing to do with videos

    Same videos from previous courses that integrate the specialization

    Javier's English level is a barrier

  • Anonymous
    Thank you for the course, it was enlightening though I think it can be made better.

    1. The introduction of extra reading materials was good (though some documents seem too technical).

    2.The material content was good though it can be improved to enable better learning.

    3. Some of the questions are not clear (as answers are not observed in the class slides or videos).

    4. Thank you for the painstaking time to even make these lectures in English. I hope that the language would improve.

  • Anonymous
    Content level does not correspond to time estimated to complete the course at all. This course could be completed in 2 days of part time learning.

    Lack of further reading, especcially taking into acount the small amount of presented learning material.

    Videos have been reused from the previous course in a specialisation.

    Questions are sometimes irrelevant to the content discussed in the videos.

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    M Jafar
    it would be best to develop this course further with extended examples of current practices for sustainable assessments of cities and buildings.

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