Module Details

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Title Sustainability in Practice
Code ARCH410
Coordinator Dr S Finnegan
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


1) Students will evaluate the implications of construction and management in sustainable design.
2) Students will have an understanding of the common construction techniques.
3) Students will examine the practicalities and implications of sustainable construction and management and analyse current practice for commercial developments.
4) Students will appreciate the impact that sustainable construction and management have on building design.
5) Students will appreciate the environmental impact of specification choice.
6) Students will understand the principles of environmental comfort and link with sustainable design.
7) Students will evaluate the role of the architect in creating a sustainable building and more specifically the financial implications.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to assess design, economic and sustainability implications of sustainable design and construction on a whole life basis.

(LO2) Students will be able to make value judgements and develop optimal solutions by considering what options are realistic in the current market.

(LO3) Students will be able to identify and develop alternative strategies based upon passive design methods.

(LO4) Students will be able to develop design strategies and technical solutions to design structural and environmental problems.

(LO5) Students will be able to understand the impact of climate change on design solutions.

(S1) Ability to critically analyse construction and management

(S2) Industry ready knowledge of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)

(S3) Clear understanding of how sustainable design can be achieved



The indicative module content includes the following : - Introduction to Module. - Case Stud y Introduction. - Construction and Management –  common methods and techniques. - Site Appraisal and Masterplanning –  procedures and methods. - Low Carbon Design –  options, considerations and impact on comfort. - Energy and Low Carbon Technologies –  integrating renewables. - Embodied Carbon –  impact of choice on lifecycle design. - Selection of Materials –  new options for construction materials. - Environmental Standards and Regulations –  BREEAM. - Financing sustainable buildings –  overview of financial implications.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Formal Lecture.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 24

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    100       

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