Engineering Science for Housing and Urban Environment

In partnership with ENSA - Nantes School of Architecture

Objective: Acquire strong and multidisciplinary scientific skills relating to the physics of city and housing, to meet the major contemporary challenges of city management and design regarding the adaptation to changes and ecological transition.

After the core courses in the first semester, students choose between two options on offer: the Housing option offers specific training for building design; the Urban Engineering option offers training geared towards management methods of the city and urban environment.

Contribution to sustainable development goals

Learn more about Centrale Nantes' commitment to the 17 sustainable development goals

International students can follow this specialisation, taught in French, via:

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
Course Content
2023/24 Academic Year
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Building engineering Project 2
Ecology, city and territories Internship
Urban issues Housing option:
Geographic information systems and databases Building technology
Acoustics, light and solar radiation Thermal performance of buildings
Applied thermodynamics for urban engineering Air treatment and conditioning
Urban hydrology and atmosphere Materials for building comfort
BIM initiation Urban engineering option:
Project 1 Energy at the city scale
Applied urban hydrology and atmosphere
Urban planning and transportation
Management of noise and polluted soils

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Examples of projects and internships

Examples of previous projects

  • Indicators for Eco-districts
  • Drinking water network
  • Regional energy efficiency
  • Energy consumption forecast (Nantes Métropole)
  • Energy study of a village (Saint-Fiacre sur Maine)
  • Urban mobility diagram
  • Car-free city
  • Château des Sœurs: studies and recommendations for thermal renovation and water use
  • Structural calculation of a hotel in Lebanon
  • Comparative study of wood vs. concrete house
  • Thermal performance of buildings: case study
  • Design of a bioclimatic childcare centre (architecture competition)
  • Sustainable house
  • Implementation of E+ C- regulations (Bouygues)

Examples of previous internships undertaken

  • Construction site (Bouygues Construction) to renovate the Santé prison in Paris
  • Engineer in High Environmental Quality Building Design (CPOS)
  • Consultant engineer in building energy renovation (POUGET Consultants)
  • Management of urban development projects (ARTELIA)
  • RE 2020 and low carbon construction (Bouygues Bâtiment)
  • Energy design of the hospital center of Tours (AIA Ingénierie)
  • Methodology to support designers in reducing the urban heat island effect (OASIIS)
  • Environmental impact assessment of urban projects (Stratec)
  • Design of an urban transport project (INGEROP Conseil & Ingénierie)
  • Infrastructure for the renovation of a tramway line (SEMITAN)
  • Thinking buildings as materials banks in Sweden (Anthesis Sweden AB)
  • 3D modeling of infrastructure elements and definition of BIM solutions on the 3Dexperience platform (Dassault Systèmes)
  • Deployment of digital tools for operating water networks (VEOLIA Eau)
  •  Application of Lean Management to a major rehabilitation project (Bouygues Construction)
After the Specialisation

Sectors of activity

  • Engineering consultancy
  • Inspection and certification bodies
  • Technical centres
  • Local and regional authorities
  • Specialist Institutes
  • Large groups for urban development and service

Career Prospects

  • Engineer in thermal technology and energy efficiency of buildings
  • Engineering consultant in urban engineering
  • Construction site engineer (new build / renovation)
  • Consulting engineer in sustainable development, energy-building, environmental performance of projects, etc.
  • Urban development and innovations project manager

Published on November 2, 2015 Updated on January 2, 2024