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Building Diagnostics for Energy and Environmental Performance - MSc

Course content

Our MSc Building Diagnostics for Energy and Environmental Performance aims to give students a solid foundation in the evaluation of the operational performance of buildings for energy and environmental aspects.

The programme will focus on the diagnostics of energy and environmental performance, integrating technical and occupants’ data. It will prepare you for a future career across a range of roles in facilities and building management, consultancy, energy and environmental performance assessment and research.

Overview

Our MSc Building Diagnostics in Energy and Environmental Performance aims to give students a solid foundation in the evaluation of the operational performance of buildings for energy and environmental aspects. The programme will focus on the diagnostics of energy and environmental performance, integrating technical and occupants’ data. It will prepare you for a future career across a range of roles in facilities and building management, consultancy, energy and environmental performance assessment and research.

Most existing programmes in this subject area focus on the design of new buildings. However, the efficient operation of existing buildings is becoming more important. There is a need to improve the quality of environments and, at the same time, to reduce the energy that they consume and their carbon dioxide emissions. You will learn from interdisciplinary approaches, as the programme draws on bodies of theories from building science, social sciences and humanities.

 On successful completion of the programme, you should be able to conduct sound evidence-based environmental and energy performance assessments of buildings in operation. You should also be able to analyse and integrate technical and social aspects of performance using methods of energy and environmental monitoring and human studies.

Our structured curriculum will enable you to develop essential knowledge and practical skills in building diagnostics. We will support you to become an independent learner, able to undertake and understand the industry and policy challenges and to respond to them effectively. The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University is a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study.

Distinctive features

  • Study in one of the top schools of architecture in the UK
  • Available on a 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time basis
  • Looks at buildings diagnostics in a holistic way by considering both technical and human aspects affecting the performance of existing buildings Develops an advanced knowledge of investigation methods and techniques to conduct performance evaluation exercises, integrating technical and human data
  • Includes management strategies to improve the building performance and to meet energy and environmental goals
  • Looks holistically at building performance evaluation, explaining the relationship between environmental conditions in buildings and occupants’ satisfaction, comfort and wellbeing
  • Highly relevant, as the efficient operation of existing buildings is becoming more important
  • Work on a live project to embed your knowledge of building energy and environmental performance with a focused and hands-on approach
  • Benefit from our close links with industry and other building clients to boost your employability

Learning and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, practical exercises, field trips and a live project. There will be on-line support available, for example, reading materials and learning resources. In some instances, pre-recorded lectures will be posted online.

Lectures will be delivered face-to-face to introduce key concepts and convey relevant up-to-date information. You will be given access to online material to support the development of knowledge and your understanding of the subject. You are expected to develop a critical understanding of the theoretical base to the subject through self-led study and reading of relevant authors and postulates in the fields of building science, humanities and social sciences.

In tutorials, workshops and seminars you will have the opportunity to critically discuss the subject matter, to consolidate and get feedback on your individual learning and to develop skills in environmental and energy performance evaluation. Practical skills are developed in tutorials, workshops and hands-on exercises, where you will make individual contributions to individual or group-based projects, for example by identifying appropriate investigation methods to explore the building performance, use monitoring equipment, design surveys of building occupants, interrogate and interpret the data (including benchmark data, monitoring and human studies). The practical skills will equip you with the knowledge to conduct appropriate investigations and propose effective management strategies for building operation.

You will practise and develop analytical, practical, intellectual and research skills by participating in diverse learning activities, such as carrying building performance investigations, analysing problems and proposed remedial action/interventions that address different aspects of building performance in use: building level, systems level, occupant factors, small-group discussions, debates, oral presentations, independent research tasks and written assignments. Group work will help you to develop your team-working skills.

Career prospects

Typically graduates from this type of programme will have employability opportunities in energy and environmental consultancy, building management, facilities management, architectural and engineering firms, and research.


Visit the Building Diagnostics for Energy and Environmental Performance - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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