Course Title: 
Sustainable Construction
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Year Taught: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Sustainable Construction' is a course offered in B. Tech. in Civil Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Sustainability in the built environment: sustainable development relative to ecological, economic and social conditions – efforts in sustainable development and construction – international organisations involved. Ethics and sustainability: environmental and resource concerns – resource consumption by construction industry - Green building movement. Ecological design – concept – major contributions. Building assessment and eco labels – standards (LEED, GRIHA) – assessment structure and process. Green building design process – documentation requirements.

Unit 2

Sustainable site and landscape – storm water management, heat island mitigation - assessment of sustainable sites. Building energy issues - building energy design strategy - building envelope – internal load reduction – energy optimisation - renewable energy systems. Reducing carbon footprint. Built environment hydrologic cycle – water resources issues – strategies for conservation and recycling – waste water and storm water handling strategies. Materials resources - Life cycle assessment – embodied energy – Green building materials and products – assessing for environmental impacts – design for deconstruction – LEED credits for different aspects.

Unit 3

Indoor environmental quality – issues and causes, components of integrated design – emissions from building materials. Construction operations – site planning, indoor air quality during construction – materials management – Construction and Demolition – waste management – building commissioning – LEED credits for different aspects. Green building economics – quantifying benefits. Recent advances in sustainable construction.


  • “Sustainable Building Design Manual - Volume II”, Published by TERI, New Delhi, 2004.


  • Kibert, C. J., “Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery”, John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
  • Steven V. Szokolay., “Introduction to Architectural Science - The Basis of Sustainable Design”, Elsevier, 2007.
  • Sandy Halliday, “Sustainable Construction”, Routledge, (Taylor & Francis Group), 2013.
  • Dejan Mumovic and Mat Santamouris (Ed), “A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering”, Earthscan Publishing, 2009.
  • Osman Attmann, “Green Architecture: Advanced Technologies and Materials”, McGraw Hill, 2010.