Course code Arhi2049

Credit points 1.50

Architecture I-1

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours24

Date of course confirmation23.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Civil Engineering and Wood Processing

Course developer

author lect.

Andris Stankevičs


Course abstract

The purpose of the subject is to learn the basic requirements for the design and construction of buildings. where, throughout the service life cycle, would not endanger the hygiene or health and safety of workers, residents or neighbors and would not have an excessive impact on the quality of the environment or the climate during their life cycle, during their construction, use and demolition, due to exposure to such factors. Additional requirements for buildings to be designed and constructed in such a way that during the operation and repair of the building they do not cause unacceptable risks of accidents or losses to users, such as slipping, falling, collisions, burns, fatal electric shock, explosion injuries and theft by breaking in. In particular, building solutions, taking into account accessibility and accessibility for persons with disabilities. The aim is to master the requirements of heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation equipment so that the energy consumption required for their operation is as low as possible, taking into account the needs of the population and the climatic conditions of the location of the structure. To master the requirements for energy-efficient structures, using as little energy as possible during their construction and demolition

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: Knows the basics, definitions, solutions of sustainable development of buildings.
Skills: Able to identify and characterise sustainable solutions of the building. Knows how to apply construction terminology. Ensure the assessment of sustainable solutions. To develop an appropriate solution technically – economic justification. Knows how to navigate the identification, suitability and cost of innovative sustainable construction solutions. Knows the essential requirements for public and industrial buildings.
Competence: Able to develop BREEAM or analogous system pre-assessment for construction or project. Is able to perform technically – economic evaluation of solutions.

Course Content(Calendar)

Lectures (4):
1. The concept of sustainable construction. Basic principles of sustainable construction. The basic elements of sustainable construction, their interaction. Sustainable lifestyle unit – ecological footprint. The environmental benefits of sustainable construction, the economic benefits, the benefits for society. (2h)
2. Intelligent energy use and use of renewable, environmentally friendly energy sources. Choice of environmentally and user-friendly building materials and resources and their use. Effective and insupprising water management solutions. Well-thought-out spatial planning (applicable to villages, residential areas, groups of office buildings). (2h)
3. Landscaping and landscaping. Optimal architectural and constructive solutions for buildings. Impact of the internal and external environment of buildings on the health and well-being of inhabitants. Environmental pollution and quality of waste management. (2h)
4. Energy efficiency models of buildings. Low-energy constructions. Zero-energy buildings. Passive houses. The life cycle of the dwelling and its indicators. (2h)

Practical work/seminars (4)

1. Practical measures and solutions for increasing energy efficiency in everyday household – efficient use of heating, optimisation of water resource use, waste sorting solutions, practical examples of waste-free technology.
2. BREEAM and LEED review of the systems for the certification of energy performance of buildings.
3. Review and evaluation of BREEAM criteria for freely selected sites.
4. Presentation of BREEAM object evaluations.

Requirements for awarding credit points

The evaluation of study results is based on the sustainability presentation developed and defended by the student. The number of delayed classes does not exceed 20%.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The student develops the research in the form of a presentation.
Independent work (40)
1. 1. To choose and survey a freely chosen building, program development. (4 h)
2. 2. Use of energy in the building (4 h)
3. 3. Water solutions in the building (4 h)
4. 4. Materials used (4 h)
5. 5. Waste management at the facility (4 h)
6. 6. Land use and ecology (4 h)
7. 7. Pollution (4 h)
8. 8. Transport solutions (4 h)
9. 9. Management (4 h)
10. 10. Presentation design, printing and brooching. (4 h)

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The evaluation of study results is based on the sustainability presentation developed and defended by the student. The number of delayed classes does not exceed 20%.

Compulsory reading

1. Būvniecības vadības rokasgrāmata. A. Kathins ... u.c. Rīga: Dienas bizness, 2006.
2. Bokalders V. Ekoloģiskās būvniecības rokasgrāmata. Rīga: izdevējs: Domas spēks, 2013. 690 lpp.
3. Ekoloģiskā būvniecība. P. Kruše, M. Kruše D., Althauss I. Rīga: Gabriēls VAK apvienība "Arkādija", 1995. 398 lpp.
4. Dzīvojot harmonijā: iedvesmojoši stāsti par ekociematu pieredzi. Redaktore: D. Vidickiene. Viļņa: BMK leidykla, 2013. 124 lpp. ISBN 978-609-8080-38-4. Pieejams: LLU e-studijas

Further reading

1. Būvniecības likums: LR likums [tiešsaiste]. Stājas spēkā 01.10.2014. [Skatīts 21.12.2018.]. Pieejams:
2. Vispārīgie būvnoteikumi: Ministru kabineta noteikumi Nr.500, Stājas spēkā: 01.10.2014. Pieejams:
3. Noteikumi par Latvijas būvnormatīvu LBN 006-00 "Būtiskās prasības būvēm". Eiropas Savienības publikāciju birojs [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:

Periodicals and other sources

1. Būvinženieris. Rīga: Latvijas Būvinženieru savienība, 2010.-2020. ISSN 9771-0008.
2. Latvijas Būvniecība. Rīga: Izdevniecība Lilita, 2007.-2020. ISSN 1691-4058.
3. Latvijas Architektūra. Rīga: Izdevniecība Lilita, 2006.-2020. ISSN 1407-4923.


Second level professional higher education study programme Civil Engineering