SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH222034
Module Leader Ing Liang Wong
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Level 3 of programme of study

Summary of Content

This module investigates the role of energy as a critical resource for sustainable development, both in the global economy and in the local environment. The focus is on Regulation and Assessment of buildings and energy management strategies and techniques, including the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive is discussed, together with its impact on building regulations and low-carbon buildings. This is set against a context of energy policy and sustainability, giving a global overview about the role of energy in global economics and development. Finally, the module contains a review of the main energy technologies, including both emerging renewable and traditional fossil fuel technologies.


Energy Policy and Sustainability -72 Aims: To demonstrate the importance of energy as a resource, both on a national and global scale; To explain national and international policies and agreements, as drivers for reducing energy consumption. Topics: 1 Sustainable energy - resources (fossil, nuclear, renewable); patterns of use (global and UK) 2 Role of energy in economy and sustainable development; use of renewable and non-renewable resources 3 International agreements and national policies: Kyoto and other agreements, climate change levy, renewable obligations, role of fossil fuel and nuclear power Regulation and Assessment Aims: To familiarise students with regulations (especially with respect to low-carbon technologies) and the requirements for assessing buildings for energy performance. Topics: 1 Energy performance in Buildings Directive; Building regulations (Section 6 - energy); planning policies. What are low-carbon technologies? Simulation as a tool to demonstrate compliance. 2 Energy in Buildings - building assessment, BREEAM, Ecohomes, Code for sustainable homes, Energy Performance Certificates. Energy management Aims: To review strategies and techniques for energy management in buildings. Topics: 1 Energy management strategies, CUSUM analysis for monitoring and targetting 2 Energy audits and surveys - energy efficiency in buildings. Thermography and other technologies. Energy technologies Aims: To give students an understanding of technologies for electricity generation and energy utilisation. Topics: 1 Technology overview: Fossil fuels and nuclear power 2 Technology overview: renewables - wind, solar, biomass, hydro 3 Technology overview: Combined heat and power for buildings, heat pumps 4 Technology overview: Electricity and tariff analysis 5 Technology overview: heating and cooling systems in buildings; ventilation and infiltration

Learning Outcomes

On completing this module, the student should be able to:1. Describe and assess the role of energy (renewable and non-renewable resources) as part of a strategy for sustainabledevelopment. (A2, A4, B5, B6, C3, D1, D2, D3, D14).2. Explain the principal drivers and features of instruments that regulate and assess the design of buildings with respect to energy use.(A2, A4, A7). 3. Understand the principles of efficient energy use, and analyse data to assess how energy consumption and costs can bemanaged more effectively. (A1, A6, D2, D13).4. Analyse the merits of different technologies for efficient energy use, including (for example) CHP and renewable energytechnologies. (A1, D1).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students are introduced to key topic areas by interactive lectures/seminars. These are backed up by regular references to articles and papers, many of which are available on Internet pages published by the European Commission, the UK government and others. One or more site visits are also included, as appropriate, for practical demonstrations of technologies of interest. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemeted, appropriate to students needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

-72 Boyle G. (ed.) Energy Systems and Sustainability - Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford University Press, 2003 Boyle G. (Ed.) Renewable Energy - Power for a Sustainable Future. (2nd edition) Oxford University Press, 2004 CIBSE Guide F - Energy Efficieny in Buildings. Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, 2004 Various guides and reports published by Action Energy, and available via the Carbon Trust website <>. Students will also be directed to documents published by the European Commission and the UK Government, for example, outlining policy or information on energy use. These are published from time to time on the official web sites.

Transferrable Skills

Effective written communication (D14) Use of IT for seeking data on energy use (D10)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 146.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 40.00 n/a Numerical Exercise
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 n/a Report II
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Report I