The Master's Degree in Environmental Management and Building Design has been conceived as a dynamic and innovative program that enables students to learn through the application of knowledge and skills to real-world cases. Teaching is designed with a highly practical focus in an atmosphere of intense collaboration with faculty members.

Therefore, for the 2013-2014 academic year, the program proposes that students undertake a refurbishment project for one or more existing buildings, a project that will serve as the unifying thread of the modules that comprise the MDGAE. This project, which is the subject of criticism classes every two weeks, involves a comprehensive exercise in the integration and synthesis of knowledge obtained during the program.

1. Principles of sustainability. Students study and analyze the climate conditions, passive ventilation, natural lighting, etc., that characterize the surroundings of the building to undergo refurbishment.

2. Energy management. Passive measures. Students learn to design possible architectural solutions for the refurbishment of a building while making optimal use of natural resources.

3. Monitoring. During this phase, data on the building are collected so that its real energy consumption can be calculated in order to propose action measures.

4. Energy management. Active measures. Students analyze criteria for choosing climate control facilities to acquire an in-depth understanding of renewable energies and the proper use of water in order to come away with consequences applicable to the building to undergo refurbishment.

5. Materials and waste management. Life-cycle analysis will provide guidance in the selection and appropriate use of materials. Students will also conduct an environmental study of waste management that will be included in their building refurbishment project.

6. Environmental certification. MDGAE students learn to do actual calculations of the efficiency of environmental measures adopted in their refurbishment project using LEED and BREEAM certification methods.