SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK225154
Module Leader Craig Thomson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 76%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 60%, which is represented by Courseworks 1 & 2.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: -360b7 Sustainable design and construction - an introduction b7 Energy in buildings and carbon management b7 Renewable energy technologies b7 Sustainable design (principles of sustainable design, passive heating and cooling, day lighting, site layout, alternative building envelops) b7 Renovation or refurbishment of the existing building stock b7 Sustainable project management (project planning, site and waste management) b7 Facilities management, refurbishment and decommissioning b7 Sustainable procurement (procurement routes, public procurement) b7 Whole life value and costing b7 Sustainability and supply chain management b7 Sustainable materials (materials selection) b7 Sustainability assessment (frameworks, tools and practice) b7 Case studies of best practice

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the apprentice should be able to:1. Understand and critically evaluate the key principles and practices of sustainable design and construction 2. Offer professional insights and interpretation of project decisions through a lifecycle perspective, displaying an awareness of the whole life value approach and tools for analysis 3. Critically appraise the sustainability assessment tools landscape, demonstrating an ability to select the appropriate tool for a particular context 4. Show critical understanding of the potential offered through sustainable management principles and processes, related to the effective coordination of planning, design, materials selection, site management, facilities management and reuse/ demolition of the building 5. Discuss and apply key project management methodologies related to sustainability6. Analyse and discuss best practices of sustainable design and construction[A2, A6, A8, A9, B4, B6 SDS GA: 1.2,1.4,2.2,3.2,3.3,4.1-4.4]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The essential purpose of this module is to provide the student with the time and space to develop an understanding of the high level principles of sustainability and the emerging policy agenda; whilst providing a connection with the implications for practice across the different facets of design and construction. Across the different themes, real life examples and cases will be considered to illustrate the practical realities associated with delivering the necessary change in practice. This subject will be delivered by a student led "flipped classroom "core information, and supporting overhead materials will be made available for each lecture electronically in GCU Learn. Seminars/tutorials will concentrate on applying core information in lectures to problem questions given in advance. Students are referred to supporting reading materials to deepen their knowledge and understanding of lecture and seminar topics. Concepts delivered in the 'Flipped Classroom' mode will require students to view lecture material online and complete formative exercises prior to engaging and completing an on-campus seminar with academic support leading the discussions to explore the relevance of the content and specific to their workplace The first coursework encourages students to consider the connection between the high level principles and the realities faced in their delivery in practice through a work based case study. Students are asked to examine its feasibility, its alignment with the sustainable construction agenda and to provide recommendations for its improvement. The second coursework asks student's to provide recommendations for retrofitting an existing building in line [they have working knowledge of] with both active and passive principles of sustainable design. This aims to assess the student's ability to evaluate and to present the findings in a concise report. The students will sit a final exam at the end of the module to assess their depth of understanding around the learning outcomes. Questions reflecting different aspects of the syllabus will be presented with students asked to answer three of their choice during a two hour period.

Indicative Reading

Example books: Appleby, P. (2011) Integrated Sustainable Design of Buildings, Routledge, Earthscan, ISBN 9781849711173. Kibert, C. J. (2016) Sustainable Construction: green building design and delivery (4th Ed) John Wiley, ISBN 0470904459 Haliday, S. (2008) Sustainable Construction, Elsevier, ISBN 0750663944, 9780750663946 Emmanuel, R., Baker, K. (2012) Carbon Management in the Built Environment, Routledge, ISBN 9780415648064 Mendler, S., Odell, W., Lazarus, M. A., Obata, H., & Kassabaum, O. (2005) The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design (2 nd Ed) University of Michigan, Wiley, ISBN 0471696137, 9780471696131 Flint, J., Raco, M. (2012) The Future of Sustainable Cities: critical reflections, The Policy press, ISBN 9781847426666 Gevorkian, P. (2010) Alternative energy systems in building design, A GreenSource Book, McGraw-Hill Books, ISBN 978-07-162147-2. Quaschning, V. (2005) Understanding renewable energy systems, Earthscan, UK. Williams, D. E., Orr, D. W., Watson, D. (2007) Sustainable design: ecology, architecture and planning, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0471709530, 9780471709534 Ciamborne, D. F. (2007) Environmental Life Cycle Analysis, Lewis Publishers, ISBN 1566702143. Anderson, J, Shiers, D, Steele, K (2009) The Green Guide to Specification (4th Ed) BRE Press, London, ISBN: 978-1-84806-071-5 Jonker, J., de Witte, M. C., de Witte, M. (2006) Management models for corporate social responsibility, Springer, Guilford ISBN 3540332464, 9783540332466 Brown, C. S. (2005) The Sustainable Enterprise: Profiting from Best Practice, Kogan Page Publishers, London, ISBN 0749442204, 9780749442200 Example journals: A selection of journals ranging from Construction Management and Economics, Building Research & Information, Journal of Environmental Management, International Journal of Project Management, Sustainable Development, Engineering Sustainability, Urban Design and Planning, RIBA Journal, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Example reports and websites: HM Government, Strategy for Sustainable Construction June 2008 <> (last viewed on 24th April 2014) European Commission, Industry and Enterprise, Sustainable Construction, <> (last viewed on 24th April 2014) Building Research Establishment, Sustainable Construction web page <> (last viewed on 24 th April 2014) HM Government (2009) The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan- National Strategy for Climate and Energy, <> (last viewed on 14th April 2014) HM Government (2010) Low Carbon Construction- Innovation and Growth Team, Emerging Findings, <> (last viewed on 24th April 2014) Constructing Excellence (2009) Never Waste a Good Crisis, A review of progress since rethinking construction and thoughts for the future, <> (last viewed on 19th April 2010) Search engines supported by the school and library: General search engines: Science Direct, Web of Knowledge, EThOS, Blackwell Synergy, Zetoc, and EV2 Biographic databases: Construction Information Services, Iconda, OvidSp, Compendex, RICS library direct, ICE virtual library, CSA-Illumina, CRC handbooks (ENGnetBase and EnviroNETBASE), BRE, Building Standards Online, Sociological Abstracts and Planex) Knowledge Portals: BuBL link, Sapling, NBS, HIS, Pinakes, EEVL, TechXtra, Productivity Statistics Portal,, Estates Gazette international and Aecportico.

Transferrable Skills

-359 CollCollect, analyse and manage data from a wide variety of sources b7 Critical thinking, creative and innovative problem solving and logical reasoning b7 Competency in common ICT software packages b7 Manage time and other resources b7 Communicate effectively in a variety of formats b7 Work independently and in groups [C1-C5, D1, D4-D6, E1, E3, E5-E7 SDS GA: 5.1 - 5.3]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 152.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 40.00 35% A two hour exam presenting six questions covered in the syllabus from which the student will select to answer three.
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% A case study report of 2,000 words reviewing the feasibility for a development project aiming to align to the principles of sustainable design and construction.
Coursework 2 n/a 20.00 35% An exercise designed to test the student's ability to apply the principles of sustainable design in practice. This will be submitted as a report of 1,500 words.