Course Brief

Unit Abstract 

The construction industry is one of the least sustainable industries in the world; using around half of all the resources that humankind consumes. Yet society depends on construction to grow; making it increasingly important to find ways to reduce its impact. Environmental assessment methods were conceived in order to drive improvements in the built environment. They provide common methodologies that enable the environmental impact of buildings and building products to be measured, evaluated and reduced.

This unit explores the important role that environmental assessment and monitoring plays in reducing the environmental impact of the built environment.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to undertake an environmental assessment of a building and compare its performance against other similar buildings. Students will understand the types of environmental impact that a building can have and how this affects the environment over time. They will evaluate the different environmental assessment methods that exist, and understand the motivations, methods and differences between them.


  • This course is offered in 45 hours.