Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Design and Sustainability

Course summary

Course code: BUIL1172
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Spyridon Stravoravdis


Pre and co requisites



The aims of the course are:

To gain an understanding of the origins of the green movement and the implications for investors and occupiers.
To become aware of the current debates surrounding sustainability.
To explore the design solutions used to improve sustainability in the built environment.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will:

Become aware of the origins, drivers and likely future of the sustainability agenda in the context of a built environment. In addition the student will articulate their own position in relation to the sustainability agenda.
Begin to understand and be able to explain a range of `sustainable design' solutions based on the likely environmental and social impacts of the `business as usual' approach.
Have begun to recognise the current and potential future impacts of climate (and climate change) and resources on buildings.

Indicative content

What is Sustainability.
The `Green Movement', Past, Present and Future.
Shades of `Green'.
The Building Lifecycle.
Designing for Sustainability.
Climate Change and the Built Environment.
Climate and Buildings - Lesson Learnt from Traditional Buildings.
Resource Depletion and Buildings.
Materials and Sustainability.
Comfort and Health in Buildings.
Passive Design Principles and Solutions.

Teaching and learning activity

The subject will be taught by a combination of formal lectures, seminars/tutorials and site visits (where appropriate).

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Scheduled contact hours:

Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme: lectures 12;
seminars 0;
supervised practical sessions 0;
tutorials 12;
formative assessment 12;
other scheduled time 0;
Guided independent study:

Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 114;
Independent laboratory work 0;
other non-scheduled time 0;
Placements (including work placement and year abroad) 0;
Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 150.


Portfolio of coursework and site visits - 100% weighting, pass mark 40%. 1500 words.