813402 Environmental impacts of materials and constructions

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Salhofer, Stefan Petrus , Kromoser, Benjamin , Wimmer, Rupert
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


In this course, the building sector is presented with regard to its environmental impact (resource consumption, emissions). The methodology of life cycle assessment is explained as a planning tool in the building sector. Concepts such as circular economy, cradle to cradle, zero emissions, etc. are presented in the context of the building sector.
Important building materials such as iron and steel, plastics, glass, mineral-bound building materials and renewable materials are presented in relation to their environmental relevance in the life cycle.
The environmental impacts of building constructions are presented based on the phases of planning, construction, use and deconstruction.
Application examples are given for EPDs (Environment Product Declaration). With the help of simple tools (e.g. CO2 calculator) the participants can determine the environmental impact of materials and constructions (exercise example).

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge in the field of building materials and building constructions
Basics of environmental impact (greenhouse effect, eutrophication etc.)

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After completing this course, the participants are able to classify building materials and constructions according to their environmental relevance. They know the concepts applied for this and the methodology of life cycle analysis. The participants can apply EPDs and certification systems and work with simple assessment tools.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.