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Industrial & Sustainable Building

We are moving towards a circular and carbon-neutral built environment in 2050. How can we build and renovate faster,  better, more sustainable and more cost-effective? Take this minor and find out!

Course content
In this minor, we will discuss two aspects of a more sustainable construction industry and the role that industrial construction has in this.

Raw materials and waste
A lot of raw material is used in the construction phase of building projects. In fact, more than half of all raw materials in the Netherlands are used in the construction industry. On the other hand, the construction industry is also responsible for huge waste streams that occur during construction, refurbishment and demolition.

By dealing not linearly, but circularly with materials, elements and components, raw materials are reused and the amount of waste is reduced. By industrial construction, we reduce the amount of required labour and equipment.

Energy and comfort
During the use phase of the building, we use large amounts of energy to maintain a comfortable indoor climate (heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting). Governments impose ever stricter requirements on the energy efficiency of new buildings. How do we arrive at (nearly) energy-neutral buildings?

But let us not forget about the existing building stock; many of the seven million dwellings in the Netherlands are in need of energetic renovation. How do we achieve a large-scale, cost-effective energetic renovation of dwellings and what role can modular construction/prefabrication play in this?


Learning outcomes

In teams, you will work on an assignment from practice. In your project and courses, you will learn:

  • Industrial building: the impact of industrialization on the efficiency of building projects and the (environmental) quality of buildings.
  • Sustainable building: the relationship between the building, its installations and the building user.
  • Research skills, (collaborative) design methods and presenting research findings and designs in a convincing manner.


Target group

This minor is meant for fulltime students architecture and construction engineering, construction management, industrial engineering & management, industrial product design, mechanical engineering and applied physics (Bouwkunde / BTB / TBK / IPO / WB / TN).

To participate in this minor, we require you:

1. to have passed your first year of one of the above bachelor programmes;
2. to have completed at least 45 ECTS in your second or third year.


Course structure

This minor runs in the second semester (Feb. – July). The largest part of the minor comprises project work (80%), for which we collaborate with the Saxion research groups Sustainable Building Technology (SBT) and Sustainable Areas and Soil Transitions (SAST), and several regional partners such as housing corporations, local and regional authorities, construction companies and manufacturers.

Besides the project work (four days a week), you will attend lectures, tutorials and excursions (one day a week).



You will be assessed on your project reports, including the manner in which you have incorporated the information from lectures, tutorials and excursions in your project work.

Aanvullende informatie

Application for non-Saxion student:

How do I apply?
The application process regarding the Kies op Maat minor at Saxion is a bit different than described at

How does it work?
Step 1: Download the learning agreement from the Kies op Maat website and let it sign by a member of the exam commission at your own educational institution ánd sign the document yourself.
Step 2: go to and fill in your personal data
Step 3: you will receive an automatic generated email from IAM including your username and password
Step 4: go the, log on with your username and password which you have received from IAM and apply!
Step 5: After this we can process your application for a Kies op Maat minor at Saxion

Please note : in 'Upload documents' you are requested to upload some documents. The following documents we need:

  • A copy of your valid passport or ID-card. No driving license!
  • A copy of your propaedeutic diploma or a printout from the DUO diploma register. In case you do not have the propaedeutic diploma yet, we would like to receive an official statement from your educational institution in which they state that you will receive the propaedeutic diploma before the start of the minor.
  • Learning agreement, page 1, 2 and 3 (signed by a member of the exam commission of your own education institution and student)

If you have further questions, please let us know. You can contact Saxion Student Registration, telephone number: 088 – 019 3000.