Course Content
Team and Planning
A work plan is an outline of a set of goals and processes by which a team and/or person can accomplish those goals, and offering a better understanding of the scope of the project. Work plans help a team and/or person stay organized while working on projects. Through work plans, you break down a process into small, achievable tasks and identify the things you want to accomplish (source:
The importance of sustainability in construction
Why it is so important to understand what sustainability means? After reading this part you will know the meaning of sustainability and the impact to environment which constructions sector brings today
Green Building
Green building, also known as sustainable building, refers to the design, construction, and operation of buildings that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout their entire lifecycle.
Passive and Active Solar Design
In this part you will find out, that: 1. Passive solar design involves using the sun's energy to heat and cool living spaces without mechanical devices. This is achieved through the use of proper orientation, insulation, windows, and thermal mass. 2. Passive cooling reduces heat in a building through natural processes such as ventilation, shading, and radiant barriers. 3. Passive solar windows are designed to increase energy efficiency by minimizing heat loss and gain. 4. The roof of a passive solar building is crucial in maximizing solar gain and energy efficiency. 5. Photovoltaic devices convert solar radiation into electricity and are a popular form of renewable energy. Solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source that generates electricity from sunlight. 6. There are three types of solar power systems: on-grid, off-grid, and hybrid. Proper mounting systems for solar panels are necessary for correct installation and positioning in any solar energy system.
Universal Design
Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation of specialized design.
Conceptual Design
In the construction industry, concept design represents the design team's initial response to the client's requirements.
Non-residential Building(s) and Area Development Project
About Lesson

The climate is changing, that is the problem. So, what is common between construction and circle economy/sustainable development? Look here:

How construction or other engineering can support sustainable development?

Development can be called the sum of our products and projects, i.e. our application of technology. In these applications engineers carry out, influence or decide the options evaluated, the decision-making criteria, the decision and the detailed design and implementation/production.

For development to become “sustainable”, engineers must incorporate “sustainability” into all our planning and engineering of products and projects. Technology is neither good nor bad in itself – how we choose to apply it determines whether a good balance is achieved.

Engineering integrates with all aspects of society; it takes concepts from math and sciences and puts them into context through social and economic considerations before implementing them as tangible outcomes in society. It is essential that construction engineering understands social and environmental constraints and does not just conform to economic necessities. The purely business influence has been the paradigm norm of construction engineering, which has led to the problems outlined above.

Bill Kelly describes how social responsibility is key to an engineer’s role today:

Social responsibility is not a new issue for the engineering profession. It is fundamental to defining engineering as a profession. Following the concept that the outward part of an engineer’s social responsibility is affecting public policy, the engineering profession is challenged today to help define social responsibly as part of defining the principles and practices of sustainable development. ”

For better understanding look to presentation bellow:

The most important thing to solve in construction is waste management. It is difficult to give exact figures of construction waste produced on a typical construction site, but it is estimated that it is as much as 30% of the total weight of building materials delivered to a building site [1]. In 2020, the total waste generated in the EU by all economic activities and households amounted to 2,151 million tonnes or 4,808 kilograms per capita (1 picture):

In the EU, construction contributed 37.1 % of the total in 2020 and was followed by mining and quarrying (23.4 %), manufacturing (10.9 %), waste and water services (10.7 %), and households (9.5 %). The remaining 8.4 % was waste generated from other economic activities, mainly services (4.5 %) and energy (2.3 %). A lot of the waste from mining and quarrying and from construction and demolition is classified as major mineral waste [2].

Construction and demolition waste (CDW) accounts for more than a third of all waste generated in the EU. It contains a wide variety of materials such as concrete, bricks, wood, glass, metals and plastic. It includes all the waste produced by the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure, as well as road planning and maintenance [3].

Some components of CDW have a high resource value, while others may have a lower value, but could still be easily reprocessed into new products or materials. Technology for the separation and the recovery of construction and demolition waste is well established, readily accessible and generally inexpensive.

When it is not separated at source, construction and demolition waste can also contain small amounts of hazardous materials such as solvents and asbestos. These can pose particular risks to the environment and impede recycling (Lithuania’s factsheed attached: CDW_Lithuania_Factsheet_Final)

For more information about plastic waste look here:

So, how can we work and live with all this? The Economist trying to find solution:

Some extra videos helps to understand brighter context. Good examples: Copenhagen

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