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Sustainable Building and Management Masters Degree Programme, Compulsory Optional Modules

Sustainable Supporting Structures
Masonry, concrete, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, steel, wooden and plastic structures in addition to combinations thereof, can be employed sustainably if building material specific procedures are used. Irrespective of building material, sustainable structural planning must include the complete structural life cycle, which includes the planning, operational and deconstruction phases. These phases are in particular structured into the aspects of construction process engineering, dimensioning of the required life span concerning load-bearing ability, durability, restoration work, maintenance and deconstruction, which includes the selective separation of used building materials. Based on this, the teaching content will be substantiated by means of practical examples.

Innovative Building Materials and Constructions
This study programme module is concerned with the study of the behaviour of building materials and building products as well as their evaluation for dimensioning constructions by taking joining technology and connection technology into consideration in addition to their integration in constructions. This is carried out, in particular, from the point of view of integral combinations, innovation, future orientation and resource conservation, economy and engineering suitability.

Hybrid Construction and Adaptive Structures
In order to create resource-friendly and sustainable buildings of the future, the use of hybrid constructions mainly made of renewable building materials is imperative. This module deals with the foundations of drafting, construction and assessment of hybrid constructions. A further aspect in the development of sustainable constructions is the development of adaptive supporting structures, which are capable of adapting to changing strains. Various forms of adaptive supporting structures will be dealt with and further developed.

Sustainable Economy
The “sustainable economy” is currently being discussed as a new economic approach. A “state-of-the-art” description shows the range of discussion here. Following this, areas of “sustainable economy” (economic aspects, business ethics and moral etc) will be dealt with and though through. Finally a critical separation between the classical and sustainable economy will be made.

Building, Real Estate and Environmental Law
Thematic development of the main features of the above mentioned legal areas and case application relevant to contract award examples and within the framework of project examples.

Building Industry
Real estate specific cost accounting DIN 276/ DIN 18560, target costing, calculation methods etc. to provide information for mainly short-term operative planning in addition to controlling thereof on the basis of target data and actual data. Building industry background information and procedures in the building industry.

Business English II
Communication skills both written and oral will be developed, paying particular attention to practice-oriented conversational, contractual and negotiation settings of the construction industry.

Soft Skills
Acquisition and improvement of personal abilities, skills and attitudes which contribute towards combining individual objectives with the attitudes and values of a group, in order to employ these for social interaction in a useful and target oriented manner. These course contents will be presented paying particular attention to moral and ethical ideals.

Sustainable Geotechnics
Planning and construction of sustainable foundation engineering constructions on the basis of innovative safety and appraisal concepts, risk analysis implementation. Evaluation of existing constructions with respect to conversion, residual life period and necessary strengthening. Consideration of the inter-relationship between building and foundation soil in economic optimized evaluation. Inclusion of necessary foundation elements in energetic concepts. Technical and economic optimized planning of required auxiliary building measures with regard to sustainability aspects.

The Masters Degree Programme consists of compulsory and compulsory optional modules. The compulsory modules must be taken for the duration of the degree programme. In the case of the optional compulsory modules, students can choose two subjects per semester from the pool of subjects on offer.

Curriculum Information is available under Course Programme.


Sustainable Building and Management Masters Degree Programme, Compulsory Modules

Construction and Redevelopment of existing buildings
Redevelopment, repairing and improving efficiency of existing constructions ranging from residential, commercial, industrial, infrastructural takes place according to functional and energy aspects. With a comprehensive range of building materials, redevelopment concepts are resultantly organised in the procedural steps case history, diagnosis and therapy with consideration given to the material specific damage mechanisms. Practical examples from the mentioned work spectrum of construction tasks are dealt with in detail to deepen knowledge of redevelopment specific issues.

Sustainable Facility Management
The following contents are, amongst other things, to be presented on a basis of their interrelationship to each other: cost management and area management, facility management as a service (Service engineering), maintenance management, energy management (contracting) and technical environmental protection in connection with trends and development in integral building planning and building technology, organizational possibilities for outsourcing.

Investment & Financing
The subjects of this module are dynamic methods of investment calculation, partners in the financial market, financing of residential building, various types of credit facilities and the corresponding conditions in addition to current and variable topics such as sustainable financial assets, sustainable investments, sustainable energy for real estate and public funding by the KfW Bank (energy efficient building, energy efficient redevelopment, renewable energy).

Integrated Management
Controlling and marketing are decisive elements of integrated management. Bearing this in mind, the core contents of controlling and marketing will be dealt with and critically appraised. The main focus will be on the strategic observation of both of these basic approaches. The aspect of sustainability will also be considered in this respect.

Building Technology and Energy Efficiency
The subjects of this module are energy concepts for buildings with special consideration given to building technology aspects such as heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting systems. Special attention will be paid to the aspects of the importance, concept, design and evaluation on the basis of normative and building physics efficiency criteria.

Real Estate Management
The following contents are, amongst other things, to be presented on a basis of their interrelationship to each other: real estate as a production factor (CREM), public sector real estate (PREM), compilation and assessment of real estate portfolios, the basics of real estate assessment (presentation of main methods), appraisal of real estate trends. These are treated inter alia in relation to sustainability aspects of the real estate business sector.

Sustainability Project
Students are given the opportunity to use the theoretical skills and knowledge acquired in the other modules and put these into practice in the form of a group project.