CEM229-Green Building Assessment

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM103 Project Management: Principles and Practice CEM104 Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Zhiwen Luo

Email: z.luo@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module integrates the BREEAM Accredited Graduate (AG) program into the module design. It covers assessment methodology, Intentional GBA scheme such as BREEAM, and GBA case studies. The major teaching approaches are lectures,workshops and tutorials. Students will be trained to be able to evaluate ‘green performance’ of a real building using green building assessment tools. Students will be expected to obtain BREEAM AG certificate after studying this module and passing the exams.

The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the green building concept and specifications of the existing green building assessment tools. This module will develop students’ in-depth understanding of
• the concept of green buildings;
• carbon emission reduction targets and measures to achieve;
• the mechanism of measuring and rating sustainability of buildings;
• green building assessment methods/rating tools;
• international standards;
• resource conservation in construction (materials, energy, water etc).

Assessable learning outcomes:
Student will be able to:

• Define and explain the concept of green building;
• Outline the elements to make building green;
• Identify the evaluation contents of green building assessment;
• Compare different green building assessment tools;
• Appreciate the technical contents of a specific GBA scheme;
• Analyse and evaluate the green building performance on a case study

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to obtain a BREEAM AG certificate after studying this module and passing the exam, which is beneficial to their future career development.

Outline content:
• Introduction to Green Building Assessment (GBA)
• Sociological aspects of GBA
• BREEAM AG training program
• BREEAM-Community
• BREEAM-Refurbishment
• Post-occupancy Evaluation (POE)
• Green Building Assessment Practices

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, tutorials, workshops and guided private study

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 65
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Class test administered by School 20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Assignment: 2500-3000 word essay

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
To be reassessed by re-submission of coursework/assignment only. You are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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