Module Details

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Code ARCH746
Coordinator Dr A Haidar
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15


The module aims to develop a critical appreciation of various methods/techniques that are used to model, exchange and negotiate sustainable design criteria in BIM environments, through modelling and analysis.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To establish basic knowledge of sustainable environmental design and the key related concepts.

(LO2) To demonstrate the ability to present research results in a concise and understandable manner to a professional audience.

(LO3) To demonstrate familiarity with the principles of BREEAM, LEED and other environmental certification systems in the context of sustainable building design.

(LO4) To develop ability to investigate the potential of BIM and its related technologies in supporting sustainable design and enhance environmental performance in theory as well as in real practice.

(LO5) To demonstrate familiarity with various environmental design software.

(S1) Research skills.

(S2) Critical thinking and analysis.

(S3) Independent learning skills.

(S4) Written communication skills.

(S5) Oral communication skills.

(S6) Graphical communication skills.

(S7) Team working skills.



Introduction to environmental assessment techniques
Detailed analysis of BREEAM and LEED
Principles of environmental performative modelling
Energy simulation and analysis software
Sustainability in the context of Integrated Design.
Role of Modelling in Negotiating Multi-disciplinary Performance Criteria Using BIM as a Tool for Integration (for Design, Analysis and Simulation).
Energy simulation in practice
Case Studies on BIM-enabled sustainability.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Lectures and presentations will be delivered by academic staff and guest speakers from the industry, which will be aligned to real-world problems and experiences, from both national and international contexts. Guest lectures will provide viewpoints and insights of different project partners (designers, engineers, planners, etc.)

Teaching Method 2 – Seminar/Webinar
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Seminars will encourage student engagement with the lecture topic and will provide an interactive medium for discussion and debate. Seminars will engage students in a variety of activities (e.g. case studies, fieldwork) and discussion of integrated design, lean and BIM issues.

Teaching Method 3 - Tutorial
Description: Tutorials will aim to provide formative feedback to the students on their case studies and presentations to guide their research as a team.Attendance Recorded: Yes

In case hybrid modes of teaching were considered, if the situation of social distancing continued to be in place as a consequence of Covid-19, the lectures will be delivered both asynchronously and synchronously, i.e. pre-recorded and made available on Canvas in advance of the Q&A sessions, and online live communication to ensure the students have an opportunity to interact with peers and teaching staff within a virtual class environment. The students will be reminded of previous sessions at the beginning, encouraged to participate and raise questions, as well as providing them with tasks for the next lecture/ session. Similarly, workshops will be held online, e.g. on MS Teams or Zoom, recorded and made available on Canvas for future reference.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 6




Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 106


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 1 Case Study on BIM and Sustainability. Presentation. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment.  15 minutes case stud    40       
Group presentation on BREEAM and LEED assessment criteria.  n/a         
Using BIM with BREEAM and LEED. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  3000 - 4000 words    60       

Recommended Texts

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