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Building Performance & Evaluation (Advanced Professional Diploma)

Course Description

Gain the expertise to determine if buildings are achieving their required energy efficiency targets, and how to go about improving them.

The energy performance of today's new buildings must withstand far more scrutiny than ever before. Those involved or investing in construction projects will need an increasing awareness of these factors to maintain compliance with the law, as tougher EU and UK directives for building performance are drawn up and legislated.

You will use the latest technologies to evaluate building performance, including software to model 2D thermal movement or track moisture. You will also visit real-life testing sites and help set up and carry out some of the procedures yourself, investigating heat loss, heat transfer, moisture development and thermal bridges.

Your course will provide an essential platform if you are wanting to evaluate the energy efficiency of buildings, or if you want to get involved in building forensics or surveying.

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


New legislation and the need for more energy efficient buildings will ensure the demand for experts in the design and evaluation of high-performing homes and workplaces continues to grow. Specialist knowledge in this field should help if you already work in surveying, building forensics and energy efficient assessment to further your career.

- Sustainable Property Developer
- Energy Efficient Assessor
- Building Forensic Assessor
- Building 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'll be exposed to the latest techniques and technologies to measure heat loss and energy transfer, as well as the latest cutting-edge research from our Sustainability Institute and our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

Our teaching staff are involved in building performance evaluation on national research schemes. Our University is frequently commissioned by Innovate UK, a leading technology advisory body, to analyse the best energy performing buildings in the country, which underlines our expertise in this area. Our academics will feed these findings directly into your learning, giving you access to first-class research and a rich variety of contacts to network with.

You will also have access to our state-of-the-art building performance testing kits to analyse buildings in the field, such as thermal imaging cameras and drone technology, and you will work with the latest 2D and dynamic simulation modelling software to measure standards and sharpen your experience of working with the latest technology.

Core Modules

Building Performance & Evaluation
Develop the knowledge of a range of tools and techniques to analyse the energy performance of a building.

Building Environmental Science & Modelling
Gain an overview of the science that governs how buildings perform in relation to occupant comfort, health, energy use and service life.

Chris Gorse

Senior Lecturer

"You will be exposed to the latest methods of testing and monitoring buildings. We have researchers who have informed building performance evaluation and their knowledge feeds directly into this course."

Chris Gorse is Professor of Construction & 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
Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing you to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, our Library has 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
Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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

Visit the Building Performance & Evaluation (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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