REMF55-Sustainability and Real Estate

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Jorn Van De Wetering

Email: j.t.vandewetering@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module focuses on the development of a conceptual understanding of sustainability and its applications in real estate. The focus is on the adoption of sustainability in the property industry throughout real estate life cycles, including how the concept is relevant and manifests itself at various life cycle stages, i.e. development, design, construction, operation, refurbishment and retrofitting. The module also focuses on drivers and barriers for the adoption of sustainable practices in the property industry, which includes the business case for sustainability.


Aims:

This module aims to provide an insight into important sustainability principles in the property industry. Specifically, students will gain a systematic understanding and critical awareness of sustainability concepts, policy actions, environmental assessment tools, building construction methods and key property sustainability debates and their relevance to a range of stakeholders in the built environment. 


Assessable learning outcomes:

In this module, students will develop the following:

- a practical and academic understanding of key sustainability concepts as they relate to the built environment;

- a critical awareness of a range of views from key stakeholders on the importance of sustainability in real estate practices;

- an insight into various mandatory and voluntary eco-labels for new and existing buildings in the built environment and their key characteristics;

- a critical understanding of significant drivers that facilitate the implementation of sustainability in the built environment and their importance;

- a critical understanding of significant barriers and challenges related to the adoption of sustainability in the wider real estate industry and their relevance;

- an insight into sustainable construction methods and commonly used design principles and materials.


Additional outcomes:

- deal with complex ‘real world’ issues relating to the impacts of sustainability concerns on the efficient use of property, both systematically and creatively;

- develop business report writing and critical analysis skills through appropriate coursework and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences; 

- contribute to the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment, in particular decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations. 


Outline content:

- Global Sustainability Concerns

- Policy Frameworks and Legislative Impacts

- Mandatory and Voluntary Eco-labels

- Sustainability Issues for New and Existing Buildings 

- Construction, ‘Green’ Buildings and Sustainability

- The Business Case for Sustainable Buildings

- Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Property Investment

- Sustainability and Cities


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The course comprises lectures and practitioner-led seminars. The overall objective of the assessment is to provide insights into sustainability practices in the real estate sector, benchmark sustainability performance and to capture appropriate examples of best practice. The coursework comprises a group presentation and a group report. 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study 170
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 60
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Other information on summative assessment:

The outputs are:

- One group presentation, which examines the importance of sustainability in a real estate context.

- One individual report, which examines sustainability from the perspective of a specific stakeholder in the built environment. Guide length: 3,000 words.



All word counts are for guidance only. Unless the specific requirement of an individual assignment states that the word limit is strict, then there is some discretion with the guide length.


Formative assessment methods:

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:

The pass-mark for this module is 50%. 


Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.


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