Summer School «Sustainable Construction – From Traditions To Innovations»

The summer school «Sustainable Construction» is organized by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and International Relations Department of RTU in cooperation with the Department of Civil Engineering (DICIV) and the Department of Information and Electric Engineering and Applied Mathemathics (DIEM) of the University of Salerno (UNISA), and enterprise «Knauf».

August 19–30 Riga Latvia

«Sustainability» is one of the world’s most talked about but least understood words. Its meaning is often clouded by differing interpretations and by a tendency for the subject to be treated superficially. Traditionally the concept of sustainability embraces the preservation of the environment, as well as critical development-related issues such as the efficient use of resources, continual social progress, stable economic growth, and the eradication of poverty.


Within the summer school You will attend lectures of scientists in the fields of civil engineering, architecture and physics. Seminars will cover topics like preparation of scientific publications and practical implementation of sustainable construction principles. You will visit several enterprises and construction projects, for example, National Library of Latvia, ongoing projects in Riga Technical University (RTU) Campus and industrial enterprises like «Knauf», which is one of the world's leading manufacturers of lightweight building products and systems, and Latvian Wood Construction Cluster.

In addition, interdisciplinary teams will be formed to work with projects. Informal discussions will be held about the modern issues of formation in the field of sustainable construction, civil engineering and physics. The summer school is aimed to provide new generation of participants with the ability to develop interdisciplinary thinking.

Sustainable Construction 2018 (brochure)


Sustainable construction principles

  • Sustainable architecture
  • Sustainability in seismic-resistant constructions
  • Sustainable solutions of engineering communications

Building materials for sustainable construction

  • Materials acoustic performance
  • Innovative materials from radioactive products

Practical implementation of sustainable construction principles

  • Sustainability concept in historical buildings
  • Ongoing sustainable projects in RTU Campus
  • Sustainable solutions in Nacional Library of Latvia
  • Sustainable construction principles of «Knauf»
  • Sustainable solutions in Latvian Wood Construction Cluster
  • Preparation of scientific publications
Study credits

Certificates of Further Education of Riga Technical University and 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points will be awarded upon completion of the program.

Your profile
  • Education background
    • Undergraduate student (finished at least one year of studies by the time the summer school starts)
    • Postgraduate student
  • You are familiar with
    • Mathematical calculus
    • General physics
    • Basics of building materials and structures
  • Your abilities
    • Speak fluent English
    • Appreciate the experience of learning from and working with qualified professionals
    • You are a creative person
    • Looking for added value content
Participation fee

The participation fee covering registration, tuition, accommodation in the student hostel of RTU, meals (breakfast and lunch) and the social program is EUR 700. The participants will have to cover their travel expenses and health insurance. Based on the evaluation of the application documents, participant with the most outstanding results will receive a discount for covering participation fee.


The deadline for submitting the application is May 18, 2018

When applying, please enclose the following documents in English:

For all applicants:

For those who apply for a partial scholarship:

  • Certified copies of higher education institution diploma supplement (for graduates);
  • Transcript of records for the whole study period at university (for current students);
  • One letter of recommendation.

Results of the evaluation will be announced to each individual by 1 June 2018.

International Relations Department of RTU will be happy to answer all questions concerning organizational matters, which might occur before the summer school starts or during its course. In case of doubts, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Eriks Badamsins via email or phone +371 67089790.