Study module on the circular economy in building design

Ended project: 10/2017 – 9/2019

Aalto University and Yale University developed a study module for architects and engineering, helping them to understand energy efficiency and flows of carbon in the built environment.

What was it about?

The project was part of the Circular economy teaching for all levels of education package implemented between 2017 and 2019. Sitra’s vision was that all graduates should understand what the circular economy means from the point of view of their work and day-to-day life, and what decisions and actions they can take to promote the circular economy. The aim was to increase expertise in the circular economy in Finland by extensively developing circular economy training, materials, concepts and co-operation from different points of view for all levels of education. More than 50 educational institutions, organisations and businesses took part in the package.

What was achieved?

The project developed a study module for civil engineers. The module is also suitable as part of studies in architecture, landscape architecture or civil engineering. The point of view of the study module is the carbon cycle of built environment and construction processes. The use of material and energy consumption are reviewed from the point of view of civil engineering.

The study module was comprised of video lectures and supplementary example-like environmental assessment assignments and civil engineering studio courses. The materials were prepared in English. The video lectures and course plans can be freely used in teaching.

Learn about the study module and materials.

Who was involved?

Sitra funded the project, and the people responsible for the project at Sitra were Riitta Silvennoinen and Nani Pajunen. The project was implemented jointly by the Aalto University Department of Architecture and the Yale School of Architecture.


Nani Pajunen
Senior Lead, Sustainability solutions

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