Launching of the new training program: CAS ETH Regenerative Materials
It is time to go beyond sustainability. Alternative solutions out of local resources such as earth, bio-based and reused materials are emerging all over the world and are triggering regenerative output, thanks to their capacity to contribute to the restoration and improvement of the surrounding natural and social environment. However, they are not widespread in the construction sector due to lack of information on the side of decision makers and lack of competence on the side of practitioners.
The Certificate of Advanced Study “Managing a project with Regenerative Materials”, a new international ETH training program launched by the Chair of Sustainable Construction of the ETH Zurich, aims to tackle this problem. It offers knowledge and skills to question our conventional construction techniques and to promote regenerative materials from resource extraction to construction site, operation and end of life of the building materials. It promotes a territorial approach from the preliminary phase of the construction program. The first session will take place from January to May 2020, with one week of contact hours per month.
CAS ETH Regenerative Materials deals with the planning and operation of architectural project using regenerative materials. It provides students tools and methods to manage project using earth, bio-based and reused materials with efficiency and creativity in order to contribute to the necessary ecological and social transition in the construction sector.
The objectives are to teach the specificities of these low-carbon materials (supply, implementation, adapted architectural design, material properties, construction cost and planning, end-of-life, etc…) through practical experiments, inspiring examples (visits and guest lectures) and exercises based on real case study.
As part-time training, it is geared towards the needs of professionals who want to deepen and question their existing practice in order to develop more regenerative approaches.
The target audience are project managers, members of city technical services, building contractors, NGOs, architects, engineers, from Switzerland and abroad.
In total, 15 students from Switzerland and abroad are accepted.