Sustainable Building Construction Processes
2013-2014 - TØL4131 - 10 ECTS

On the basis of

  • TØL4021 Management for Sustainability

  • TØL4031 Quality and Risk Management

  • TØL4041 Sustainable Development 

  • TØL4141 Sustainable Product Development and Life Cycle Assessment

Expected learning outcomes


  • Advanced knowledge on how a construction project should be planned to reduce waste and to ensure that used production resources (the human capital) are utilized in such a way that an economically sustainable construction project is achieved
  • Advanced knowledge on how to map, design and manage value adding work in construction so as to ensure a sustainable construction process.
  • Understand the detrimental effect of work flow variation on project outcome.


  • Describe the general flow of work from production start to hand-over.

  • Understand what constitutes waste and value-adding work in a construction project.

  • Map and analyse activities in a construction project to ensure value delivery.
  • Planning of sustainable building production .

  • Analyse and planning of construction projects to ensure a smooth flow of work.

General competence

  • Present key points of your work to colleagues both in writing and orally.
  • Speak the professional language of construction managers.


  • Value & waste in construction

  • Value stream mapping of building processes

  • Value adding construction processes
  • Construction project planning (Planning in practice, Critical chain method, Gantt scheduling)

  • Work flow and variation (Theory of constraints, Parade of trades)

  • Construction work flow (Work flow, Line-of-Balance)

Teaching Methods

PBL (Problem Based Learning)
Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be made accessible for both campus- and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement from that is best fitted for her/his own requirement. 
Seminars in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students through web conference-systems (Eluminate, Adobe Connect etc). Recordings of seminars and tutoring sessions will be available on internet through GUC’s learning management system (Fronter).

Teaching language is English. All hand-ins, reports and examination must be delivered in English.

Form(s) of Assessment

Oral exam, individually
Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • Project report is given a temporary grade.
  • Individual oral examination (15 minutes) may adjust the grade up or down to the final grade.
  • The project report must be passed before the students are able to present themselves for the oral examination.
  • Students must pass both parts to pass the course
  • For off campus students the oral exam will be arranged through web conference.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal examiners. External examiner every 4 years, next time 2016.

Re-sit examination

Continuation exam: revised project report

For the oral exam there will be a re-sit in agreement with the course responsible.

Examination support

All materials available

Coursework Requirements

  • Participation in Seminars

Teaching Materials

To be decided at course start