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AR50357: Sustainable construction materials

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • BRE Case Study (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Essay (CW 70% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide a comprehensive understanding of construction materials; a critical awareness of their contribution to environmental impact and their contribution to low carbon building performance.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the Unit the students will have demonstrated the ability to:
* critically and systematically evaluate and compare the environmental impact of a range of construction materials, products and systems using life cycle assessment procedures;
* select, design and specify sustainable construction materials creatively and with confidence.

Critical assessment of the effect of building materials on the environmental and holistic performance of buildings. Written and oral communications. These skills are facilitated and assessed.

Life cycle assessment; life cycle costing; environmental impact of construction materials; modern use of traditional materials; concrete; steel; masonry; timber; renewable crop based materials; polymers; insulation products; retrofitting; thermal mass; breathing wall construction; building health.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50357 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-AFM12 : MSc Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design
  • TEAR-APM12 : MSc Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design
  • TEAR-AFL12 : PG Dip Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design
  • TEAR-APL13 : PG Dip Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.