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Develop a deep understanding and confidence around sustainable design principles and sustainable materials, their regulatory and legal requirements and their practical use.

You will also acquire a rigorous understanding of the social, practical, political, economic and environmental aspects of green building.

CAT’s unique study experience combines hands-on practical learning with in-depth academic study and flexible study options.

Get practical experience of sustainable building materials and methods and learn the theory behind the selection and use of materials, energy flows, site selection and preparation phases, waste management and project management.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to sustainability and adaption
  • Building design, planning and retrofitting
  • Selection and evaluation of materials and sources
  • Efficient use of materials and energy
  • Attitudinal and behavioural issues of energy and materials use and control
  • Post-occupancy evaluation of buildings performance, water and waste management
  • Policy and planning issues
  • Applied building project

The MSc will end with a 60-credit individual design project comprising a technical report and critical evaluation. This provides the opportunity to complete your studies through focusing on a topic or project of your choosing.

*This course is new for 2019.

Studying at CAT 

Draw on the expertise of CAT’s in-house teaching staff and gain specialist insights from visiting lecturers.

Study this course full-time at MSc level in 18 months, or choose a part-time route. Flexible study options allow you to choose the level and mode of study that suits you. 

The taught eight-week modules offer an immersive learning experience through lectures, talks, seminars and workshops delivered by our in-house teaching staff and visiting lecturers. Practical sessions are part of the programme of module teaching weeks at CAT, allowing you to get hands-on with sustainable building materials and energy efficiency. Many modules are shared with our other postgraduate courses, providing you with a rich learning experience with your peers.

Interested in studying this course? Join us for our next open day or contact us.

This course is created and delivered by CAT and accredited by the University of East London.

This course is available via a range of routes: part-time/full-time; distance/on-site/blended; MSc/PGDip/PGCert.

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Visit the MSc Green Building (Distance Learning) page on the Centre for Alternative Technology website for more details!

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