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Circular Economy for the Built Environment: Principles, Practices and Methods


Hartmann, Timo




Fakultät VI

Institut für Bauingenieurwesen

36312400 FG Systemtechnik baulicher Anlagen



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Hartmann, Timo


Learning Outcomes

Building construction and demolition comprise 40% of our waste stream, and buildings account for similar amounts of our embodied energy and resource usage, so moving toward a circular economy in the built environment is necessary for our sustained well being. To enable students to design civil engineered products under consideration of circular economy aspects, at the end of the module, students will understand basic circular economy principles for the built environment such as closed materials loops, reduced waste and increased reuse, (2) are familiar with prevailing and emerging practices such as LCI (Life Cycle Impact) analysis, adaptive reuse project planning, and BIM (Building Information Modeling) for interface and multi-physics analysis, and (3) have knolwedge of a subset of the most common methods and software tools used for executing those practices such as the Excel based Capital Expenditure & ROI workbook, Autodesk Revit®, and Tally®. A significant part of the course will be a project through which the participants can focus on self-study of a tool set of particular interest to them (such as multi-physics plug-ins to BIM, system dynamics modeling, scan-to-BIM, etc.) and its application to a problem of interest such as reuse of construction materials, buildings as materials banks, or abiotic resource depletion related to a class of infrastructure assets. On completion of the course, participants can apply a broad circular economy systems perspective to built environment issues, identify knowledge gaps and problems of interest, set the boundaries for a subsystem problem analysis, and be able to select and learn to use appropriate available tools for the analysis.


Materials and product flows Product modeling for the circular economy: architectural, structural, electrical, and mechanical Embodied energy and Life-Cycle assessment Modules, interfaces, and disassembly Status assessment of building components: structural capacity, market value, and aesthetics Non destructive testing and evaluation Markets in a circular economy: district, city, regional, national, and international System dynamics modeling Urban databases: embodied energy and materials, reuse potential, etc. Option Appraisal for Building Adaptation Renovation and reuse project planning and definition

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Circular Economy for the Built EnvironmentVLSoSeEnglish2
Circular Economy for the Built EnvironmentPJSoSeEnglish2

Workload and Credit Points

Circular Economy for the Built Environment (VL):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
90.0h(~3 LP)
Attendance during the lectures15.02.0h30.0h
Reading and commenting of literature15.04.0h60.0h

Circular Economy for the Built Environment (PJ):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
90.0h(~3 LP)
Attendance during the project support sessions15.02.0h30.0h
Work on the project assignment15.04.0h60.0h
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

- Read and comment on selected texts to acquire the fundamental knowledge about circular economy concepts - Reflection and discussion of the concepts based on the texts; practice and application examples during lectures - Project work: application of some selected concepts during a project The module will be provided in collaboration with the University of Waterloo. The collaboration will involve joint lectures and student exchanges during the work on the project assignment.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

no formal requirements are needed to follow the class; a good understanding of civil engineering analysis methods will be helpful to follow the module

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

comments on literature40writtenca. 10 selected readings
project proposal10writtenca. 3-4 pages
final project report50writtenmax. 15 pages

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

comments on readings will be graded a proposal for the module project needs to be provided a final project report will be graded

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

This module is not limited to a number of students.

Registration Procedures

please sign up through Qispos

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Recommended literature
No recommended literature given

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Studiengang / StuPOStuPOsVerwendungenErste VerwendungLetzte Verwendung
Bauingenieurwesen (M. Sc.)217SoSe 2020SoSe 2023
Civil Systems Engineering (M. Sc.)16WiSe 2020/21SoSe 2023
Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (M. Sc.)16WiSe 2020/21SoSe 2023

Students of other degrees can participate in this module without capacity testing.


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