Civil engineers face significant challenges in the 21st century and among them, impacts on the global environment must be a priority. In this unit, students will gain an advanced understanding of the usability of recycled materials for enhance structural properties and the techniques used to identify and select alternative materials. Environmental impact, life cycle performance and environmentally efficient and sustainable design methodology for concrete structures will be comprehensively covered.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the theories, principles and practice of sustainable design and construction;  
  2. Critically analyse the sustainability issues that should be addressed in planning a building or new development.;  
  3. Calculate the embodied energy of different structural systems and manage the whole lifecycle performance of complex high-performance buildings;  
  4. Designs a concrete structure with a focus on energy conservation and recycling measures and estimate the expected greenhouse gas production; and  
  5. Formulate and implement project management strategies that accurately meet stakeholder needs and expectations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Individual Assessment 25%
Project Group Design Project Report 50%
Test Tests (Individual) 25%

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