Building Thermal Performance:
Detailing for Energy Efficient Construction
Sustainable Design Strategies:
Software Tools for designing Energy Efficient Buildings
SAP/SBEM compliance and Energy Performance Certification
Modelling Sustainable Construction
Low and Zero Carbon Technologies (LZCT):
Renewable Energy Technologies
Integration of LZCT in Buildings
Zero Carbon Buildings
Testing Building Performance Targets:
Infra Red Thermography
Building Energy Monitoring
Research methodology, developing a proposal, designing a research strategy, literature reviews, data gathering, analysis, presentation, writing up and presentation.
Review of legislation affecting health, safety and environmental issues including the Environmental Protection Act, Health and Safety at Work Act and CoMAH regulations. Duties of companies, employers and employees with regard to health, safety and environmental management.
Analysis of the requirements of ISO 14001, OHASS 18001 and CoMAH including the techniques for the development and implementation of integrated management systems that also meet the requirements of quality system standard ISO 9001.
Risk assessment methodologies for both safety and environmental issues including:
- Life cycle assessment
- Environmental aspect & impact assessment
- Failure Modes and Effect analysis
- HAZOP / HAZAN
Monitoring and improvement techniques including internal compliance audits against ISO 14001, 9001 and 18001, safety walk-overs, external assessments
Incident/accident investigation and reporting including implementation of corrective actions / improvements. Reporting and recording events, RIDDOR, HSE reports, SEPA reporting
There are two major parts in the contents.
Renewable energy finance: Ecological/Environmental economics, concepts of sustainability, emissions calculations, energy and financial payback, accounting rate of return, Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), profit ratios, probability applications, sensitivity analysis, RE financial calculations, project finance practical applications, equity and debt finance, venture finance, mezzanine finance, leasing, risk management, securitisation.
Environmental law: Introduction to environmental law, European communiy environmental law and policy, administration and enforcement of environmental law, private regulation of environmental pollution, protection of specific environments, water pollution, contaminated land, waste management, land ownership rights and effect of planning law
Energy and Environmental issues; the global and local imperatives;
Sustainable Design Strategies:
Brownfield Site Redevelopment;
Materials and waste strategies;
Low carbon building designs;
Implementation & Performance Targets:
(building regulations, LCA, performance rating systems)
Review, mathematical analysis and application of renewable energy resource data for the detailed design of appropriate renewable energy systems; including autonomous off-grid systems, and methodology and rationale for grid connection. Systems control and energy storage on both a micro and macro scale will be considered. Economic and environmental impact of Biomass energy systems will be covered. Hydro electric systems design, including water turbine selection and Flow Duration Curve analysis for optimisation of energy yield will be presented Methods of estimating life cycle carbon emission and ecological impacts will also be considered.
Sustainable urban development, sustainable development, urban property development, development appraisal, sustainable urban property development protocol, environmental assessment methods, case study applications.
Channel & pipe flow revision.
Sustainability: past and present perceptions related to water resources.
Sustainability in water resources engineering: channel morphology, erosion control, coastal erosion, sea defences, indicators and indices for sustainable water resources development.
Concept of whole-life costing and its application to water and waste water systems management.
Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS): techniques, policy, mechanisms of pollutant removal in SUDS, and design of SUDS.
Introduction to Waste and Recycling
Waste arising, volumes, disposal, historical perspective, UK and other nation state comparisons
Waste management options
Reduce, reuse, recycle, residue.
Student-led case study
A recycling or waste management option selected for more detailed analysis