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MSc Sustainable Building Performance and Design

Course Description


Current consumption patterns are creating significant global damage and risks that threaten our long term future on the planet. Construction has a key role to play in mitigating the impacts associated with such damage and risks and is therefore rapidly changing as a result of the increased emphasis being placed upon creating low impact buildings in response to changing legislative, social and climatic contexts.

Because there is no single right answer, it is essential for professionals involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings to achieve shared responsibility for optimal performance of buildings and communities often through adaptation of existing infrastructure. There are considerable challenges facing the construction industry in collaborating to achieve government targets, such as substantial carbon emission reductions in accordance with the (Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006; Climate Change Act 2008).

There is often a significant difference between designed energy performance and that achieved in practice, this combined with the need to assess the performance of existing buildings, and the impact of retrofitting new technology systems, has highlighted the lack of professionals who are adequately equipped with the required knowledge and skills in these areas.


At the end of the course you should be able to:

apply the basic principles of passive and environmentally inclusive design and demonstrate how the context within which construction activity takes place has implications for both individual buildings and at a development scale;
demonstrate the importance of adopting a whole life approach to the evaluation of performance in the built environment and apply techniques designed to evaluate the whole life impacts associated with construction activity;
demonstrate the importance of ensuring that the potential gap between design and in use performance of buildings is minimised and develop and apply techniques that aim to ensure such gaps are reduced as far as is practicably possible;
develop and apply techniques designed to engage design teams in a collaborative and integrated process that ensures that whole life benefits of construction activity are realised and that the intended performance of buildings is actually delivered.


This course comprises nine modules in total (listed below). The taught modules are each delivered in one week intensive block with the exception of the research project.

Building Performance Evaluation and Improvement,
Low Impact Building Philosophy,
Building and System Performance Modelling,
Climate Responsive Buildings: Design and Management,
Building Information Modelling and Management,
Financial Management for Construction
Facilities and Asset Management,
Integrated Project,
Research Project.

Visit the MSc Sustainable Building Performance and Design page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

To enter the course you should have an honours degree equivalent to a 2.2 or above in an appropriate discipline. Students whose first language is not English should have achieved a minimum English language standard of IELTS 6.5.

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