Scope of the Programme

The construction industry and its clients have to change their approaches to the built environment and urgently need to develop processes for procuring, designing and constructing in a sustainable manner in the future.  The drivers for this need are legistlative, social and economic. Organisations have recognised that professional practices which were developed to deal with external and internal requirements are increasingly out of date and that in order to gain competitve advantage they need to invest in staff development.

This programme has been developed jointly with partners from industry and recognises that a blend of academic theory and leading practice is required to develop staff to meet future industry needs. It has been supported byfunding from the  North West Development Agency (NWDA). Innovative e-learning technologies, work based learning and case studies from leading organisations are used to create a learning environment that supports flexible learning at post graduate level. This was considered to be a key requirement by our development partners.

Programme Suitability

The programme is designed for all professionals currently working for organisations connected with the built environment from architecture, engineering, cost and project management, construction and property development.

In addition, it will be appropriate for built environment clients from both the private and public sectors including local authorities, registered social landlords and central government organisations.

The programme may also be available to graduate students who have an interest and may wish to specialise in the field of sustainability. 

Programme Content

Leadership for a Sustainable Environment (20 credits)

      · The history and principles behind a drive for a sustainable environment

      · The impact of current and future UK and International legislation and targets

      · Key reports and strategies currently in existence in the Construction Industry

      · Environmental law – stakeholders responsibilities

      · Environmental corporate and social responsibility

      · Influencing clients for the “green “ business case

      · Preparation of a sustainable strategy

Developing a Green Future (20 credits)

· The market for investment in sustainability

· Current thinking in sustainable design

· Sustainable communities

· Urban regeneration

· Benefits for the end user

· Barriers against adoption

· Land use planning

· Life cycle consideration – how long should a building last?

Sustainable Design (20 credits)

· Current and future building regulation requirements

· Sustainable and renewable materials

· Low carbon footprint

· Building energy codes( EcoHome,Bream,LEED,Code for Sustainable homes)

· Building models and modelling tools

· The case for a code for sustainable buildings and infrastructure

· Water design and efficiency (including waste and surface water management)

· Biodiversity

· Future needs and trends

· The preparation of a sustainable brief ( client/project team and constructor)

Asset Management (20 credits)

· Life cycle costing – capital v operational costs

· Sustainable refurbishment of existing building stock

· Purchasing energy

· Identifying and benchmarking environmental targets

· Indoor environmental quality

· Occupant health and safety

Energy and Environmental Management (20 credits)

· Understanding energy consumption in the built environment

· How to minimise energy consumption

· Current and future energy demands

· Future energy resources in the future

· Storage of energy

· Renewable energy

· Environmental management plans

· Energy efficiency and conservation

· Wave/wind/solar power

Sustainable Construction (10 credits)

· The principles of sustainable construction

· Management and avoidance of waste

· Health and safety – cost associated with accidents

· Relationship between building fabric and building services

· Modular construction

· Environmental economics

· Lean construction techniques

· Understanding government procurement strategies

· Working with the supply chain to develop sustainable solutions

Research Methods (10 credits)

This module provides an appreciation of the differing philosophies, research strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment. It is designed to develop an understanding of the research process. It also introduces the skills necessary for the production of a dissertation.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The Dissertation module is designed to develop and test the student’s ability to prepare a dissertation on a particular subject area in appropriate depth. The subject matter will be related to the programme and empirically based research approaches are encouraged. It is designed to build on the techniques developed in the research methods module that will have been covered earlier.

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