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Energy Efficient Buildings, Systems & Refurbishment (Advanced Professional Diploma)

Course Description

The built environment is changing - the EU has set a target for all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy efficient by the end of 2020. This is your opportunity to get up to speed on the newest practices in designing energy efficient buildings and refurbishments.

Through case studies and fieldwork, you will analyse the latest energy efficiency innovations and renewable technologies applied to new buildings and those undergoing a retrofits. By examining contemporary passive houses, nearly-zero buildings and energy plus structures, you'll discover how the leading exemplars in this field achieve their efficiency performances. You'll also study the shortcomings in current building efficiencies - where they fall short in meeting their energy targets and how they can be improved with the resources available.

Your work will be shaped by cutting-edge research as you collaborate with specialists who help inform new Government regulations and policies. This will broaden your knowledge and help you forge contacts with the principal thinkers and leaders in the building performance sector.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/energyefficientbuildings_apd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Energy efficiency surveyors and specialists arealready in high demand, and the need for their expertise will continue to growas the industry faces tighter energy legislation. This demand should filterthrough to related professions in architecture, construction management andquantity surveying, where knowledge in this area will complement existingexpertise and give those at the start of their careers a significant advantagein the jobs market.

- Property Developer
- Architect
- Construction Manager
- Quantity Surveyor

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will take part in site visits to study the very latest energy efficient buildings in detail, examining their characteristics and design specifications first-hand.

Our University has strong research links to industry, including many of the organisations such as the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the International Energy Institute that drive the energy efficiency agenda forward. This will give you the chance to network with the leading thinkers sharing and share in their latest insights. You will also evaluate industry software and the methodologies used to assess and monitor building efficiency.

All of our teaching staff have practical experience as consultants in new builds and refurbishment. They are recognised nationally and internationally, and some are directly involved in regulation and research that influences the direction of the industry.

Your course will give you the commanding expertise to make you highly sought after as the industry responds to the growing demand for energy efficiency specialists.

Core Modules

Low to Zero Energy Buildings & Energy Efficient Building Systems
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the principals of low to zero energy buildings, focusing on their energy sustainability, fabric and systems such as lighting and heating.

Sustainable Refurbishment & Retrofit
Discover the techniques relating to sustainable refurbishment and retrofit, examining the design and detail of existing and pre-1900 structures.

Chris Gorse

Senior Lecturer

"New legislation is pushing for tightened building energy requirements over the next few years, so knowledge in this area is essential. Once the legislation is in place, the industry will have to rapidly upskill itself."

Chris Gorse is Professor of Construction and Project Management and Director of Leeds Sustainability Institute. He leads projects in the areas of sustainability, low carbon and building performance and has an interest in domestic new builds, commercial buildings and refurbishment. Chris is an established author and has consultancy experience in construction management and law.


- Design Studios
You will be able to access our extensive studio facilities, which include workshops and computer modelling software to design and build projects.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Leeds Sustainability Institute
We offer the latest drone and thermal imaging technology to provide new ways of measuring and evaluating building sustainability.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Energy Efficient Buildings, Systems & Refurbishment (Advanced Professional Diploma) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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