Sustainable Building Engineering L23

The Degree Course in Sustainable Building Engineering located in the Rieti campus, is the first international three-year degree course in the field of engineering, offered by Sapienza.

It is provided in English language and its main aim is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure a sustainable future for existing buildings and those yet to be designed, as the pursuit of sustainable development continues to be one of the main global goals of our era.

The main purpose of this degree will be to update traditional, worldwide appreciated, Italian civil and architectural engineering skills, embracing greater sensitivity to environmental protection with a marked emphasis on sustainable development.

This degree is addressed to students from abroad, especially those where Italian building and environmental engineering consultants or companies have designed and built major private and public buildings.

To achieve this target, the Degree ensure the acquisition of high scientific and technological contents, and provide the ability to design, plan and manage solutions for numerous and complex situations in terms of sustainable architecture, built environment sustainability, through the application of the following principles:

• Lowering the energy demand and consumption of existing and new buildings; 

• Taking advantage of climate and natural resources to develop passive design strategies and sustainable architecture;

• Reusing or recycling building components and materials;

• Extending the lifetime of products and buildings;

• Risk-free returning materials to the natural cycle;

• Adopting a sustainable use of the environment and a participatory planning and design;

• Reducing urban sprawl, promoting urban renewal and protecting natural areas.

This degree is especially dedicated to form professionals that are ready to take on different projects either locally or at an international scale. During the design phase, a sustainable building engineer is able to develop and control sustainable design strategies in architecture and urban planning; during the construction process, they are able to use sustainable and recycled materials, minimize waste flows and avoid damage to the urban surround or to the natural environment. As a facility manager, they know how to reduce the energy demand, alternatively use other natural resources, and propose fitting solutions using a sustainable approach.

This program 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 settlement purposes.

Another target of this course is 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 at the core of the building industry, this course is intended to provide students with the fundamental knowledge needed to transform a territory in all its physical, economic, social and morphological aspects, from a sustainable point of view.

The curriculum initially covers basic subjects, such as physics, mathematics, engineering geology, and building representation. It then goes on to include 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 construction, taught stressing the specific aspects of sustainable development. Also taught are the principles of environmental health and of materials technology for sustainable construction.

Hence, the Sustainable Building Engineer will be able to deal with the many complex problems of building engineering, from design to work management, with a special focus on environmental protection and environmental risks prevention.

Among its main objectives, the Course in Sustainable Building Engineering prepares their students to attend the Master's Degree Course in Environmental and Sustainable Building Engineering, which is aimed to develop a more complete and articulated professional figure to work in the field of interventions on the built environment and the territory, with the purpose of restoration and protection.

The amount of time necessary for personal study or other individual learning activities is at least 60 percent of the estimated time for each CFU, i.e. 15 hours of 25.

The Course in Sustainable Building Engineering is aimed at training a professional capable of operating in today's complex field of the built environment and modifying the territory with respect to sustainable development, providing the student with the technical and scientific preparation necessary to act appropriately in the field of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering.


Where we are


Via Cintia, 106, 02100 Rieti RI


  • From Rieti’s Station: ten-minute walk
  • From Roma: departure from Tiburtina Station – Cotral company



Additional information


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