Sustainable building in extreme environments

After completing the course students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to plan and design building structures in extreme environments with focus on sustainability.

Core Elements:

Building design under extreme conditions
Climatic construction design
Energy consumption and supply
Installations adapted to extreme conditions
Soil tests


Building design adapted to climatic influences such as snow, ice, wind, humidity etc .; Sustainable constructions in a built environment (refurbishment / infill / urban renewal) in Arctic regions; Indoor climate, heating, heat recovery, cold climate ventilation; Sustainable materials in a local context; Logistics, building management, competences and skills in island operated communities; Construction of building envelopes to meet Arctic requirements; Foundations in extreme areas (permafrost, cliffs); Energy concepts in remote areas.


The course takes place in Sisimiut, Greenland.
The course should be taken as part of the full Arctic Semester package together with 11857, 11858 and 11859.
The course can be taken as a stand-alone course under Open University for professionals working in Greenland.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionArctic DTU
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits15.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEngineering and engineering trades (others)Architecture and town planningBuilding and civil engineering
Teaching placeSisimiut, Greenland
Teaching termSpring
Tagssustainabilityconstructionextreme conditions
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