SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK226175
Module Leader Craig Thomson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normal post-graduate entrance

Summary of Content

This module operates a 50% pass rate overall. The module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the principles of sustainable design and construction and introduce the main requirements, technologies, tools, methods, processes and systems required to develop a sustainable building. The module will be underpinned by consideration of lifecycle thinking, consideration of management techniques and also the technological aspects of the way in which we design, build, operate, maintain and ultimately dispose of buildings and their support systems.


Sustainable design and construction - an introduction Climate Change and the impact of buildings on sustainability Energy within the built environment (focus on EU Energy Policy Directives) Sustainability and corporate social responsibility Planning requirements and site selection (urban planning, master planning, equity etc) Principles of sustainable design Sustainable technologies (renewable energy, heating and ventilation systems, insulation materials etc) Refurbishment and retrofitting of existing building stock Modern methods of construction (lean/ agile production, offsite, prefabrication and advanced construction techniques) Sustainability and site management (considerate contractors, health and safety, reducing impacts, transport, waste management etc) Real Estate, facilities management and maintenance Sustainability assessment and project management (tools landscape , and introduction to key tools i.e. BREEAM, Eco-homes) Green and sustainable supply chains (lifecycle thinking, sourcing materials and technologies, eco-labelling) Case studies/best practice of sustainable construction practice/technologies (provided through the enhancement sessions and coursework)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1 Understand and critically evaluate the key principles and practices of sustainable design, technology and construction. 2 Display a knowledge and understanding of advanced construction techniques and how to apply innovative technology to specific sustainable construction activities.3 Critically appraise the sustainability assessment tools landscape, demonstrating an ability to select the appropriate tool for a particular context in relation to the life value approach. 4 Appreciate 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. A1, A2, A4, A5, B1, B3, B5, B6, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6, D1, D2, D3, D6, E1, E2, E5

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be web-based in its delivery with all students accessing GCULearn VLE for all module information, assessment information, teaching and learning materials. The module will be supported by 12 two-hour enhancement sessions aimed at introducing both full-time and part-time students to the high level principles of sustainable construction and to consider their application in detail within the different facets of design and construction. These enhancement sessions will promote debate amongst the students which will be facilitated through the use of the web-based class blogs, which will form part of the assessment, in addition to two coursework's focusing on different aspects of the module. The first coursework encourages students to consider the scale of the problem and the challenges faced by the industry in its response in the form of a critical essay and supporting class blog. The second asking students to consider a case study project and analyse the application of sustainable design, technologies and construction and provide recommendations.

Indicative Reading

Kilbert, C.J. 2016 Sustainable construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, 4th Edition, New Jersey: Wiley (Replace the older version in list). Kubba S 2017 Handbook of green building design and construction: LEED, BREEAM and Green Globes, London: Elsevier. Robertson, M, 2017. Sustinabilty in project management: A literature review and impact analysis. 4 (1), Westburn Pubishers Limited: Helensburgh. Silvius, A. and schipper, R., 2014. Sustainability in project management: A literature review and impact analysis. 4 (1), Westburn Publishers Limited: Helesburgh. -720 -720

Transferrable Skills

D2 ICT D3 Communication skills, written, oral and listening D4 Time management (organising and planning work) D6 Cognitive/intellectual skills E1 Independent working E2 Information retrieval skills E5 Critical thinking and problem solving

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 70.00 45% Critical evaluation of the approach to sustainable design and construction adopted in a case study project (3000 words)
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 45% Online assessment