Postgraduate Diploma in Eco-habitat. Designing Eco-efficient Housing

ELISAVA Escuela Superior de Diseño e Ingeniería de Barcelona
En Barcelona (España)

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Tipología Postítulo
Lugar Barcelona (España)
Duración 5 Meses
  • Postítulo
  • Barcelona (España)
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    5 Meses

Sustainability strategies for habitat –like re-design, rehabilitation, recycling, reusing and revitalisation- are the foundation for reducing the energy demand and the emissions of the neighbourhood, building system and the construction systems, in order to foster the regeneration of social cohesion and the improvement of habitability both in the interior of houses as in urban space in the Mediterranean urban fabrics.

The main goal of the Postgraduate Diploma in Ecohabitat will reveal the large variety of evaluation tools for urban sustainability from a systemic approach, from the neighbourhoods and the urban space, to the construction systems, building materials and flows of the building, as well as redefining the building typology in close cooperation and participation with the users.


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Aimed at: Graduate in Industrial Design, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, etc. Architect, architectural technician and building engineers. Graduate in Fine Arts. Professional or academic with proven experience in the fields this course covers.


The course is made up of 3 modules of six weeks each, with one evaluated delivery per module. The course further includes 3 workshops, 6 visits to buildings and 10 case studies.
The 3 weekly sessions of 4 hours are structured in the following way:

§ Theoretical session + applied exercise session
§ Workshop session
§ Visit to a building or master conference by an invited speaker


1.1. Urban sustainability.
§ Agenda 21.
§ Urban Ecology.
§ Urban Resilience, Peak-oil, Post-Carbone cities.
§ Eco-design and self-sufficient housing.
§ Eco-neighbourhoods.
§ Neighbourhood Plan (Pla de Barris) of the Catalan Government.

1.2. Cases Studies.
§ Analysis of different European neighbourhoods, like Freiburg, Barcelona, BedZed, Kronsberg.

1.3. Evaluation tools for urban sustainability.
§ VEA, quality tool for environmental analysis.
§ Eco-design indicators.
§ Urban Ecology Agency indicators.
§ Community Resilience indicators.


2.1. Sustainable buildings
§ Bioclimatism.
§ Passive and active systems.
§ Passivhaus.
§ Eco-design.
§ Endogenous resources: water, energy, materials and waste.
§ Strategies to reduce the demand and the emissions, eco-efficiency, recycling.
§ Solar Decathlon.

2.2. Case Studies
§ Visiting and analysing different exemplary sustainable housing blocks. 2.3. Evaluation tools for sustainable buildings
§ Passivhaus.
§ LEED Certification.


3.1. Low energy renovation
§ Insulation.
§ Renewable energies.
§ Thermal envelope.
§ PLUS concept. 3.2. Case Studies
§ Analysing and visiting different public and private buildings where exemplary renovation work has been carried out.

3.3. Evaluation tools for sustainable buildings
§ Label SQUARE


4.1. Develop a proposal for an Eco-neighbourhood in an existing urban context with the evaluation tools and the indicators given.
4.2. Design a recycling building “Ecopunto limpio de barrio” following the briefing of the Catalan Waste Agency, in order to foster social and environmental sustainability.
4.3. Project the typological and construction design of the housing for their complete and energetic renovation following the different certified European eco-labels.


5.1. Redesigning a neighbourhood and a multifamiliar dwelling in Barcelona in neighbourhoods like La Sagrera – Sant Andreu or the 22@ technological district.
The final postgraduate project gives students the opportunity to use the necessary tools to evaluate and apply sustainability strategies in order to carry out the revitalisation and transformation of an existing neighbourhood with existing social multifamiliar dwellings from the city scale to construction systems.

Información adicional

4th programme: from March to July 2014 

ECTS Credits: 30

Price: 5.200 Euros

Language: English

Schedule: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 5 pm to 9.15 pm

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