CAS ETH in Regenerative Materials

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland

Certificates of Advanced Studies

CAS programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification. They are aimed at university graduates who are working and wish to enhance their professional skills or specialise in a particular subject. They correspond to at least 10 ECTS credits and 150 contact hours and may involve written project work or a thesis. They are organised in the form of block courses or courses on fixed days of the week and last one to two years.

Certificate of Advanced Studies

This description is only available in English.


Environment, Infrastructure & Architecture

The CAS ETH in Regenerative Materials is one of the only programmes entirely dedicated to earth and bio-based construction techniques.

Programme structure

Programme description

The CAS programme teaches how to use local and low–carbon materials to offer a socially, ecologically and economically responsible architecture with an adapted territory approach. It deals with the planning and operation of architectural projects using regenerative materials. It provides students tools and methods to manage projects using earth, bio–based and reused materials with efficiency and creativity.


Participants will develop competence to conduct complex projects using earth, bio–based and reused materials with realistic and affordable solutions in order to participate to the necessary ecological and social transition in the construction sector. The CAS programme highlights exemplary architectural projects developing circular economy and the use of low carbon materials. It permits to learn through real case–study (new construction, energy retrofit).

Professional perspectives

The programme enables Swiss and foreign graduates to work as project managers in city technical services, property developer and NGOs, with specific knowledge and skills on regenerative materials. Green certification programmes are becoming more popular and start to take into account the life cycle analysis of materials. Alumnae and alumni of the CAS programme will have the useful skills to support building owners and operators to be environmentally responsible.

Programme structure

5 months part-time programme with one week of contact hours per month (structured as a series of teaching modules with a final individual project exercise). Lessons are using innovative teaching and are given in the form of lectures, visits, practical hands-on and projects.

Additional information

Courses are typically held in English. Visits and discussion with practitioners will be translated in English, but given sometimes in French, German or Italian.

Tuition languages

English: 100 %


Certificate of Advanced Studies with the title ’CAS ETH in Regenerative Materials’

Credit points

12 ECTS credits

Target group and requirements

Target group

Decision makers and practitioners of the construction sector from Switzerland and abroad (project managers, members of city technical services, building contractors, NGOs, architects, engineers). Qualified applicants interested in developing an experience to conduct projects using regenerative materials.


Master’s degree acknowledged by ETH or equivalent educational qualifications (i.e. a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years professional experience in a directly related field). Qualification will be assessed from application documents and a recruiting interview.

Required language skills

English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

Examination languages

English, German, French or Italian

Time and place


Spring Semester (January, every year)


5 months, part-time, one week of contact hours per months (approximately 150 hours of contact hours and an individual project exercise)

Application period

1.7.-20.10.2020 (late applications may be accepted upon request, if places are available)


ETH Zurich

Tuition fee

CHF 7,000

Deregistration fee

30 days after admission: CHF 1,500



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Questions about the application

ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 17-18.5, Rämistr. 101, 8092 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 56 59 , info [a] sce[.]ethz[.]ch

Additional application documents

Motivation letter, CV and 2 Reference letters.


Programme management

Professor Guillaume Habert (Programme Director), Professor Bryan T. Adey (Deputy Programme Director) and Dr Sophie Claude (Programme Coordinator)


ETH Zurich, Dr Sophie Claude, HIL F 28.1, Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1, 8093 Zurich,
claude [a] ibi[.]baug[.], Tel. 0041 (0)44 633 21 53

Responsible body

ETH Zurich, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG), Institute of Construction & Infrastructure Management (IBI)


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