Study plan


Sustainable Building Engineering (percorso formativo valido anche ai fini del conseguimento del doppio titolo italo-venezuelano)

First year

Orientamento unico
Course Semester CFU SSD Language
10589707 - ANALYSIS I AND II First semester 6 Italian
10592807 - geometria descrittiva e fondamenti di storia dell'architettura First semester 15 English
10589431 - ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH Second semester 9 MED/42 English
10589707 - ANALYSIS I AND II Second semester 6 Italian
10589188 - PHYSICS Second semester 9 FIS/01 English
10589211 - GEOMETRY Second semester 6 MAT/03 English
AAF1871 - FOREIGN LANGUAGE Second semester 3 English

Second year

Orientamento unico
Course Semester CFU SSD Language
10589233 - GEOMATICS First semester 6 ICAR/06 English
10589238 - HYDRAULICS First semester 9 ICAR/01 English
10592816 - Architettura tecnica per l'edilizia sostenibile-elementi di progettazione architettonica First semester 9 English
10589296 - STRUCTURAL MECHANICS First semester 9 ICAR/08 English
10592816 - Architettura tecnica per l'edilizia sostenibile-elementi di progettazione architettonica Second semester 6 English
10589273 - ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PHYSICS Second semester 6 ING-IND/11 English
AAF1960 - ulteriori conoscenze lingua straniera Second semester 3 English
6 cfu of your choice in C Go to group

Third year

Orientamento unico
Course Semester CFU SSD Language
10589178 - Principi di ingegneria sanitaria ambientale First semester 9 ICAR/03 English
10589197 - SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE DEL TERRITORIO First semester 6 ICAR/20 English
10589444 - STRUCTURAL DESIGN First semester 6 ICAR/09 English
- Elective course First semester 6 English
10589479 - HYDROLOGY Second semester 9 ICAR/02 English
10589291 - GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING Second semester 9 ICAR/07 English
- Elective course Second semester 6 English
AAF1959 - FINAL TEST Second semester 3 English
6 cfu of your choice in C Go to group

Optional Groups

6 cfu of your choice in C: The student must acquire 6 CFU from the exams below
Course Year Semester CFU SSD Language
10589464 - PROJECT EVALUATION Second year Second semester 6 ICAR/22 English
10589468 - BUILDING COMPONENTS DESIGN Second year Second semester 6 ICAR/10 English
10592796 - ELABORATION OF DATA Second year Second semester 6 ING-INF/05 English
10592795 - rischi geografici Second year Second semester 6 GEO/05 English
10589502 - BIOCLIMATIC BUILDING DESIGN Third year First semester 6 ING-IND/11 English
10592797 - CONSTRUCTION SITE MANAGEMENT Third year First semester 6 ICAR/11 English
10589420 - ENGINEERING GEOPHYSICS Third year Second semester 6 GEO/11 English
10589491 - SUSTAINABLE TECHNIQUES FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION Third year Second semester 6 ICAR/04 English

Bachelors Degree in Sustainable Building Engineering

L 23 Class - Science and Techniques of Constructions

Studies Program 2018/2019

Specific learning targets
The Degree (first cycle – 180 ects) Sustainable Building Engineering aims to familiarise students with the knowledge and skills which provide a sustainable future both for existing buildings and for those they will design and build. Achieving sustainable development continues to be among the major global issues of our era. The main purpose of this degree is to update traditional,, world-renowned, Italian civil and architectural engineering skills, with a particular focus on environmental protection and especially sustainable development. This degree is also open to foreign students and particularly those countries where Italian building and environmental engineering consultants or companies have designed and built major private and public buildings.
To achieve this target, the Degree will ensure the acquisition of top scientific and technological content, and the ability to design, plan and manage solutions for the many and complex situations in terms of sustainable architecture, built environment sustainability of territories, through the application of the following principles:
Lower energy demand and consumption by existing and new buildings
Exploit climate and natural resources to develop passive design strategies and sustainable architecture
Reuse or recycle building components and materials
Extend the lifetime of products and buildings
Risk-free return of materials to the natural cycle
Adopt a sustainable use of the territory and a participatory planning and design
Reduce urban sprawl, promote urban renewal and protection of natural areas

This degree aims to form professionals that are ready to tackle different projects either locally or at an international scale. At the design phase, a sustainable building engineer will be prepared to develop and control sustainable design strategies in architecture and urban planning and during the construction process, will be able to use sustainable and recycled materials, to minimise waste flows and to avoid damage to urban areas or to the natural environment. As a facility manager, he/she will know how to reduce energy demand, how to alternatively use other natural resources, and how to settle new activities in a sustainable manner.
The programme also provides students with the scientific knowledge needed to obtain an appropriate technical and operational training in the fields of Architectural and Environmental Engineering, whose major target is the organization, protection and modification of the built environment and territory for human settlement purposes.
Targets of this course are also the acquisition of analytical skills to recognise, understand,, plan and design under complex environmental conditions. By teaching the multiple activities of management, design, development, production at the different operational scales, that are at the core of the building industry, this course is intended to provide students with the basic knowledge to transform a territory in all its physical, economic, social and morphological aspects, from a sustainable point of view.
The course provides a knowledge of basic subjects, such as physics, mathematics, engineering geology, and building representation, and includes the teaching of application and intervention techniques in multidisciplinary fields of sustainable building engineering, such as urban planning, architectural technology, hydraulics, hydrology, environmental engineering, planning, structural mechanics, structural techniques, geotechnics and road constructions, taught stressing the specific aspects of sustainable development. This will be accompanied by the teaching of the principles of environmental health and of materials technology for sustainable construction. Subsequently the Sustainable Building Engineer can tackle the many complex issues of building engineering, from the initial design to completion with works management, with a special emphasis on environmental protection and environmental risk prevention.
The Degree will also prepare the Degree holder for the Master of Science in Environment and Sustainable Building Engineering (2nd cycle – 120 ects), that provides a more complete and thorough preparation and specific skills in the subject areas required for intervention on the built environment and territory, to recover and protect it.

The portion of the total time available to the student for personal study or other individual learning activities is at least 60% (15 h of self-study for 1 ects).

The Degree course aims to form a professional figure able to operate within the current complex built environment and to modify the territory in a sustainable way, and provides the scientific and technical preparation necessary for appropriate technical and operational training in the fields of Architectural and Environmental Engineering.

Admission requirements (DM 270/04, Article 6, paragraph 1 and 2)
Applicants must hold a high-school diploma or another qualification obtained abroad and recognized as valid in Italy.
Certified B2 level in English skills is mandatory.
Mathematical skills are also required such that the student has sufficient skills to:
identify the problem data and use them to provide an answer;
infer the behaviour of a simple system, starting from the basic laws and the characteristics of its members;
distinguish between necessary and sufficient conditions;
link the results to the assumptions that determine them;
know the limits of the simplifying assumptions at the basis of the mathematical models containing the problem.

Description of the training course
The training course, organised in two three-month periods of lessons, for each year, to gradually acquire the following skills and abilities:
1st year: General basic training and first elements of the application technologies
2nd year: Implementation of the core subjects, basic training in engineering subjects, development of process technologies in the building field
3rd year: Training in the sector of Sustainable Construction Engineering on the training fields applied to the intervention in the built environment and the natural environment.
To provide the Sustainable Building Engineer with an integrated professional training both disciplinary and interdisciplinary experimental and design laboratory activities are carried out, , and the possibility of traineeships preferably in the third year.

Verification of proficiency in foreign languages and related credits
All students must take a test of proficiency in the English language. both written and oral, 3 ects are assigned To allow students to increase their language skills, with special attention to the technical field, the University offers Italian language courses for non Italian students.

Study plans
Each student will submit a study plan, stating the options taken, and in compliance with the rules in force within the deadline established annually by the Area Council. The study plan will be reviewed and approved or rejected by the Area Council, which will communicate the outcome of its decision to the student and to the Secretary's office of the Faculty.

Final exam (DM 270/04, Article 11, paragraph 3-d)
The student, having attended mandatory internships and orientation within the branch chosen, will conclude the training course under the guidance of a supervising professor, with the elaboration of a synthetic Degree thesis, to be discussed during the final test. The latter, to be held in the presence of the Degree Board, which verifies that the candidate has reached an adequate and required level of communication, assesses the achievement of learning outcomes, referring to knowledge data, analytical skills, synthesis processing in relation to the topic of the thesis under discussion.

Employment and career opportunities for graduates (DM on Classes, Art. 3, paragraph 7)
There are a variety of professional, managerial and policy-making positions in a wide range of organizations, involved in the management and use of existing buildings. There's an increasing demand in Europe and internationally for built environment professionals in the field of sustainability, who are able to develop and deliver holistic solutions for the sustainability of existing and future buildings.
The Degree program is designed to form an intermediate professional figure, able to carry out activities in various fields of the building industry, cooperating in the planning, design and implementation of interventions to organise and transform the territories at different scales. More specifically, graduates in this Degree course will know and understand the morphological, typological, structural and technological characters of modifying interventions, preservation and protection of the territory and construction, transformation and conservation of building structures into their material and constructive components, in relation to environmental, social, economic, regulatory and productive context.
The specific skills of the graduate in Sustainable Building Engineering cover all operations aimed to:
optimise energy efficiency of existing and new buildings
develop passive design strategies and sustainable architecture, taking advantage of climate and natural resources
reuse or recycle building components and materials, without risks
plan for liveable and ecological communities
adopt a sustainable use of the territory and participatory planning
reduce urban sprawl, promote urban renewal and protect the natural environment.

Graduates may therefore practice the acquired skills in public and private companies, engineering companies, construction and environmental industries, construction companies, as well as in private consulting. The degree programme also prepares to access further degree courses and, in particular, the master's degree programme in Environmental and Sustainable Building Engineering, which provides more specific skills in the subject areas responsible for intervention on the territory, both to change and to protect it.

The course prepares students for the profession of:
Engineers and related professions - (2.2.1)
Civil engineers - (
Building engineers - (

Typology of courses taken and the procedures for verification of proficiency
For each course lectures, tutorials, workshops, group work will be provided, in addition to any other activity deemed appropriate.
The assessment related to each subject is usually done through an examination (E) consisting of oral and / or written tests, as defined by the teacher and communicated along with the program (or posted on, the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering site (
For some activities an exam will not be held, but replaced by a “judgement of eligibility” (V); aso in this case the procedure will be defined by the Teacher.

Examination: E = exam, V = judgment of eligibility (or sustainability)
Formative activity type: Basic = 1A, characterizing = 1B, related and additional = 5B, to the student's choice = 5A, relative to final exam = 5C, other training activities (Article 10, paragraph 1, letter d) = 5D, stages and training = 5E.
Semester: Example 1 indicates the 1st semester of the 1st year, 3 indicates the 1st semester of the 2nd year, 5 indicates the 1st semester of the 3rd year, etc.

Attendance also referring to part-time students
The freshmen and students of the Degree course, who are simultaneously engaged in other activities, may opt for part-time and achieve fewer ects per year, instead of the 60 required.
The rules and procedures applicable are indicated by the University Rules. To regulate the rights and duties of part-time students, please refer to the general rules established.
The Degree course will appoint a mentor, who will support part-time students in the training programme agreed.

Rules to pass to subsequent years and prerequisites
The student, in order to be enroll in the second year of the course of study, must have obtained at least 21 credits, and 45 to enroll in the third year of the course.
During the course of their training, students must comply with the prerequisites listed in the table:

Students enrolled under previous didactic regulations
Students from degree courses of Engineering already opened at the Sapienza University of Rome may, upon request, obtain to be transferred to the new Degree in Sustainable Building Engineering of the L23 Class (DM 270/04), after obtaining the approval, by the Academic Board, of the training activities performed in terms of university credits.

Students who wish to enroll in the Degree course of Sustainable Building Engineering, coming from degree programs of other classes and / or courses of L23 class of other universities, must submit a special application to the CdA and simultaneously require, if appropriate, an abbreviated training path documenting the passing of exams of disciplines present in the didactic regulation of their original Degree course.

Check procedures of study periods abroad
Courses taken in European or foreign universities with which the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering has in place agreements, projects and / or contracts, are recognised in the manner prescribed by the agreements.
Students can, with permission of the Degree course council, carry out a period of study abroad within the scope of the LLP Erasmus project.
In accordance with the academic regulations of the University in the case of studies, examinations and academic degrees obtained abroad, the Degree course examines individually the programme for the purpose of credit allocation in the corresponding disciplinary scientific fields.

General Information
Information regarding the Degree course is shown in the study @ sapienza section of the Sapienza University of Rome website, and also available on the official website of the Ministry of Instruction, University and Research (MIUR).

Detailed information relating to:
Programme and educational materials is available on the website , Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering.
The e-mail address of the course of study is

Tutorial services: the Degree course offers tutoring services made available by the Faculty. The teachers of the Degree perform disciplinary tutoring activities to support the students. On the Course site (www………….) emails, phone number and office hours of teachers are reported. Regarding the internship academic tutors and a company tutor will be appointed, who will follow the development of the student. In addition to the regular tutoring service, the Degree course also provides additional tutors, in particular for basic and design disciplines.

Quality assessment: individual courses during the Degree course, in collaboration with the Faculty, are assessed individually by the students. This is integrated with a quality path responsibility of which is entrusted to the self-assessment group, composed of teachers, students and staff of the degree programme. The results of the surveys and the conclusions of the self-evaluation group are used to improve teaching and training.

Chairman of the CdA
Prof. Giuseppe Sappa

The purpose of the Degree Programme is to train construction specialists who are aware of the economic, social and environmental implications of changes made to the territory which define the basis of a sustainable construction concept, in various climate and environmental contexts.

A specialist is one who is aware of the role played by building activities within the framework of protecting and enhancing the environmental characteristics of the territory, one who is concerned about the need for a sustainable approach when implementing changes.  A technician is one who starts from a profound knowledge of the qualities of the territory and its social, financial and environmental characteristics, who focuses first of all on the stock of existing buildings and then applies techniques and materials with reduced environmental impact when making changes.

In addition to basic core subjects and subjects of building engineering, which are integrated with the traditional civil engineering courses, the Degree focuses on environmental sustainability, which is addressed through the courses of the Environmental Engineering Degree, which contributes to the training of building technicians who are aware of the sustainable dimension of the environmental changes it creates.

In this context the main educational objective of this degree programme is to provide students with the skills required for analysing, recognizing, understanding and intervening whilst maintaining awareness of the complex interrelation which exists amongst the many activities of management, design, development, and production and the different operational layers that are at the core of the building industry, meaning the various activities of the transformation of a territory in its physical, morphological, economic, and social aspects, paying particular attention to the impact and the sustainability of the planned technical operations.

In order to train professionals who are capable of acting) consciously and correctly within  the current complex landscape of building and territory modification with a sustainable approach, in various climate and environmental contexts, and therefor in relation to scenarios, which are also international, the degree programme also provides students with the scientific knowledge needed to obtain an appropriate technical and operational training in the fields of Architectural and Environmental Engineering, whose major target is the organization, protection and modification for settlement purposes  of the environment and surrounding spaces in which mankind resides.

In this sense, the Degree in Sustainable Building Engineering caters for a   precise and widespread cultural, social and economic need of an important industry. An industry which requires cutting edge knowledge in science and technology, and the ability to provide appropriate design and management solutions for the many and evident technical interventions in the territory and the environment.

The Degree Programme, divided into terms, is organised so that the different skills and abilities are attained progressively, increasing in complexity over time.

The objective of the first year programme will be the acquisition of basic knowledge and application techniques for scientific-technological training aimed at understanding the built environment and the intervention practices to be made on it.

The second year will cover on the one hand the implementation of core subjects as well as operative technologies in the building field, and on the other hand the basics of engineering subjects.

The last year of the programme will be dedicated to training in sectors specific to Engineering for Sustainable Building, with special attention to the educational fields which apply during interventions both on built and natural environments.

In order to provide the engineer in Sustainable Building with a practical experience of the integration of the multiple applications in which his/her skills can be applied, the career path also includes laboratory activities, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, and the possibility of traineeships opportunities.