Taught course

Sustainable Building Design and Performance

Kingston University · Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Entry requirements

Good undergraduate degree in a built environment discipline and mature students with significant and relevant industrial work experience. Overseas students require IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

It is now widely accepted that global carbon emissions have led to climate change and that the built environment is a major contributor. This course takes a holistic approach to the procurement process of genuinely sustainable buildings. It focuses on integrating design intent and actual performance in order to re-evaluate traditional systems for the design, construction and operation of sustainable, lifelong, adaptable low-carbon buildings.

Key features

  • You will develop the knowledge and skills to procure appropriate genuinely long-term sustainable buildings from initial design stages through to occupation and beyond.
  • You will also gain the skills necessary to evaluate the historic performance of a range of buildings; design strategies for new proposals; and predictively model passive and active strategies adopted in low-carbon buildings.
  • You will have access to ArchiLab, our in-house state-of-the-art environmental design laboratory, and the expertise and equipment available.

What will you study?

You will study three main areas: building performance; evaluation tools; and fundamental principles, drivers and solutions.

Building performance examines the evaluation of existing building studies, investigates retrospective strategies for improvements, and then focuses on design strategies for new proposals.

Evaluation tools assesses the measurement tools and systems that are used for building performance evaluation, including social/behavioural surveys, and then focuses on a range of digital and physical simulation tools for the prediction of building performance.

Fundamental principles, drivers and solutions focuses on the principles of building science, climatic context, low-energy design strategies, legislation and innovative low-carbon technologies. It covers the principles of, and solutions for, low-carbon design.

Finally, you will apply critical and analytical skills to produce a substantial piece of written research in any of the areas covered in, and relevant to, the course.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

08448 544973/+44 (0)20 3308 9930