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AR50357: Sustainable construction materials

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Site visit - report on chosen building (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Main 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-AFM28 : MSc Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design