Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course will introduce you to the basic tools that are used for quantifying sustainability in the built
environment. These include material flows (tool: OneClickLCA), life cycle assessment (tool: OneClickLCA),
energy simulation (tool: IDA-ICE) and ecosystem services (tool: Green factor). After the course, you will
also be able to compare and interpret these quantitative aspects of sustainability for key building products and services.


Credits: 6

Schedule: 13.01.2023 - 02.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Matti Kuittinen, Elisa Lähde, Laura Zubillaga

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of short tutorial lectures and practical assessment exercises. Through these exercises, students of architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture learn to measure and manage the critical aspects of sustainability in their design work. Introduction to these basic tools also builds capacity for exploring other quantitative, qualitative or hybrid assessment schemes or policy requirements.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Grading 0...5 based on the quality of the project work and learning curve.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures + project work.

    Project report and submission of monthly assignments.

    Lectures and tutoring: 50 h (20 sessions x 2h + 10h online lectures)
    Individual work: 112 h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course a is linked to the theory course ARK-E3020 Sustainable Design Principles and complements the topical overview provided by the bachelor-level course ARK-C3000 Introduction to Sustainable Design.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - V
    2023-2024 Spring III - V (change in period, TSAK desicion 28.2.2023)

    Enrollment :

    Min 5 students, Max 50 students

    Registration for courses: Sisu. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture,