A Sustainable Built Environment.

Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission, 1987)

The Construction Industry is changing, driven by legislative changes, social pressures and economic need. The key issue is ‘Sustainability’, having a financial impact upon all areas of the industry. A critical understanding of sustainability issues from the design, through procurement, building and asset management will be required by organisations and individual professionals.

Many organisations admit that they pay only ‘lip-service’ to sustainability issues and make little investment into educating their professional employees.

Those organisations that recognise and address these changes by investing time into staff development will achieve a competitive advantage in the market place and a lasting benefit to the environment. Those that fail to respond may well see a negative impact on their businesses as others around them move forward.

To meet the challenge and needs of the industry and in consultation with industry partners the School of the Built Environment at LJMU has developed the Masters Degree in A Sustainable Built Environment. For more information, please visit the introductory video on Youtube.

Aims and Objectives

  • To enable the learner and his/her organisation to gain commercial benefit and improve their bottom line.
  • To provide a critical understanding of the theories of sustainability and develop a practical approach that allows them to be used in the construction industry.
  • To produce a stimulating and challenging programme of study that offers academic development and provides a platform for the learner to develop a career allied to sustainability in the built environment.
  • To enable the learner to develop into a champion who can act as a focal point for organisational learning and also lead staff innovation.
  • To create a built environment professional that can recognise the need for change within organisations and their clients and successfully develop new organisational processes that improve sustainability practice.
  • To ultimately assist learners to gain an alternative route to prefessional membership.

The development of this project is supported through the North West Higher Level Skills Pathfinder (NW HLSP) programme which is funded by the HEFCE and the North West Regional Development Agency. The project aims to: supports the development of higher level skills (HLS) provision at level 4 and above; Increase demand from employers for HLS provision; Increase employer engagement with HLS providers; Increase the capacity of HLS providers to respond to employer demand for higher level skills; and test the level of investment employers are prepared to contribute for development and delivery of this provision.




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