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Education and training

Reuse in Construction is taught in technical training and degree programs, at the master's level, and also for working professionals through CAS and MAS certificates. There are also opportunities for short courses and online courses for self-study. Learning is a lifelong activity and also an opportunity to share your own experiences. The list of available education and training opportunities can be found below.

Continuing education

University and college courses

Short courses and workshops

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Continuing education

MAS Historic Preservation and Conversion

A new module starts every five weeks. Duration At least 2 years.

In the building industry, tasks are increasingly shifting from new construction to preservation and conversion. Therefore, experts are needed who are familiar with the problems of monument preservation and conversion and who can accompany demanding conversions. This requires integral thinking and action as well as a responsible, careful and considerate approach to the built environment. The large selection of modules makes it possible to put together the course of study individually and in accordance with your needs.

CAS Regenerative Materials - Essentials (English)

Winter semester, annual. Course Coordinator: Dr Arnaud Evrard, Dr Guillaume Habert

This program consists of five modules, each lasting one week and spread over one semester. The modules cover the essential knowledge of the use of earth-based, bio-based and reused building materials, from the extraction of raw materials, through the construction site and the operation of the building, to the end of the use of the building materials. 'Module 4 : Re-valuing the building stock' refers specifically to reuse in construction.

CAS Preservation

Fall semester, every 2 years. Program management: Prof. Dr. Silke Langenberg, Prof. Dr. Stefan M. Holzer

Thinking and acting in terms of monument preservation requires extensive knowledge of a technical-scientific nature. The aim is to impart this knowledge to the students and to promote their own competence to act. Graduates have a sound ability to judge and can develop solutions that are appropriate to the value of the building.

MAS in Historic Preservation and Construction History

Fall semester with even numbered year. Program Management: Prof. Dr. Silke Langenberg, Prof. Dr. Stefan M. Holzer

Any intervention in the historic fabric of a building requires a comprehensive understanding of the object and knowledge of the basics and positions of historic preservation theory. The aim of the training is to sensitize the participants to recognize existing qualities and to enable them to deal responsibly with the existing structure. The focus is on the recording, evaluation and adequate handling of existing monuments, but also of non-protected high-quality objects.

University and college courses

Sustainable Building in Existing Contexts (MAS module in Monument Preservation and Conversion)

5 consecutive Fridays, Lecturer: Peter Schürch Architect SIA SWB

The module enables the assessment of buildings in terms of sustainability and future viability,
provides a sound input of constructive and technical solutions for the refurbishment of the historical stock,
sheds light on current energy discussions, and adds knowledge on the standard SIA 112/2 "Sustainable construction - building construction".

Building design in the circular economy (English) (MSc program)

Fall semester, Lecturer: Dr. Corentin Fivet

The course introduces the concept of the circular economy and its application to building design, with an emphasis on disassembly, reuse, and life cycle assessment (LCA). The course develops critical thinking skills and teaches techniques that can be used immediately.

Recyling of materials (English) (MSc program)

Spring semester, Lecturer: Yves Leterrier

Students understand the problems and key factors of a waste recycling process. They know the sorting and recycling technologies for different materials and can compare the environmental impact of recycling with that of the use of raw materials.

Digitization for Circular Construction (English)

Spring semester, Lecturer: Dr. Catherine De Wolf

Students will learn about digital innovations for circular construction (e.g., reuse of materials) through hands-on learning: They will be escorted to demolition sites to recover and reclaim building materials, learn how to use computer-based tools to design structures with an available inventory of materials, and use digital fabrication techniques to build a dome on campus.

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Repair: Keep in Place (English)

Spring semester, Lecturer: Dr. Silke Langenberg

Complex designs that are difficult to maintain and industrial manufacturing processes are shortening the life of objects not only in product design but also in architecture. Repairability is becoming less important - replacement seems to be the norm. We need to rethink the way we build, and that starts in the design phase. In this course, we combine traditional historic preservation topics with concepts of repair and FAB initiatives to raise awareness of sustainable thinking and practices. Participants will learn both traditional and digital methods, as well as basic construction and materials criteria for repair. The goal is not only to provide hands-on repair of a building component, but more importantly to learn about the concepts of historic preservation.

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Waste Anthropology and Circular Economy (German)

Fall semester, Lecturer: Dr. Madlen Kobi

Waste as a cultural expression of the value of material things tells us something about social relations and the infrastructural handling of objects. As a result of industrialized and urbanized societies, ecological questions also arise about the storage of spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants, the handling of formation water in oil production, or the reuse of construction waste. In this event, we approach the practical handling of "worthless" things and the associated commodity flows. In doing so, we will examine the extent to which the idea of a circular economy can provide a solution to the problem of waste. In addition to reviewing basic literature on waste and infrastructure in different geographic and cultural contexts, students will create podcasts on various waste topics through small-scale fieldwork.

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Short courses and workshops

It's all there!One day workshop The Rethink Materials collective regularly hosts full-day workshops on reuse, including theory, guest lecturers, and hands-on deconstruction. Check the website for upcoming offerings. More information
Valorisation des matériaux minéraux de chantier dans la construction (French) Duration: 5 days This training is designed to complement the skills of construction professionals by answering questions and doubts related to the reuse of mineral construction waste as a primary resource in construction. It will provide detailed technical solutions supported by practice, improve knowledge of the legal and normative framework and explain how to plan the recycling of these wastes as early as possible. Further information

Massive Open Online Courses

Circular Economy for a Sustainable Built Environment (English)

MOOC TU Delft, 6 weeks, self-study course.

In this course, you will learn about the circular economy as a systemic, multidisciplinary approach that addresses multiple scales, from material to product, to building, to city, and to region. Some aspects of the circular economy that will be covered in this course are maximizing reuse and recycling by closing material loops. You will also learn how the circular economy can help realign business incentives in supply chains and how consumers can be engaged and contribute to the transition through new business models that enable circular design, reuse, repair, remanufacture, and recycling of building components.

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Managing Building Adaptation: A Sustainable Approach (English) MOOC TU Delft, 6 weeks, self-study course.
Are you passionate about buildings and want to contribute to a sustainable environment? Then this is your chance to make a difference! The biggest challenge for cities around the world is adapting existing, outdated buildings to make them future-proof. In this course, you will learn how to transform buildings for sustainability. This course first introduces you to the challenging management task of retrofitting buildings for future use. Then you will learn how to use various management tools to convert old buildings for sustainable reuse.

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Worldviews - From Sustainability to Regeneration (English)

MOOC ETHZ, 3 weeks, self-study course.

To address environmental and social crises, we need cultural and mental change. This course is the first in a connected series of four online courses that bring together science, design, and transformative practice as a fluid, intervention-based, and synergistic process for addressing complex challenges. This is explored through expanding worldviews, reframing complexity, design as nature, activating our minds through physical movement, and connecting with new communities.

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Circular Building Products for a Sustainable Built Environment (English) Duration: 5 weeks Building products are the fundamental components of the built environment. As such, they play a critical role in the transition from a linear to a circular economy. In this course, you'll discover the opportunities that circular building products can provide. You'll explore them from a variety of perspectives: Design, technology, business case, and implementation methods (including digital product tracking).

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Expert Workshop on Reverse Logistics for Circular Building Products (English) Duration: 5 weeks This collaborative hands-on online workshop is designed for architects, engineers, and professionals from all sectors. It provides a multidisciplinary overview of what reverse logistics is, how it impacts the design and construction of buildings and building products, what business and supply chain models are required, how new and existing businesses can add value, and how to measure environmental impacts to make efficient and effective decisions.

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