Taught course

Sustainable Building Engineering

University of Greenwich · School of Architecture and Construction

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: An honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a built environment discipline such as civil engineering, construction, surveying or architecture. • Applicants with other first degrees will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The increasing drive towards low carbon and sustainable solutions in the built environment has introduced a need for built environment professionals who can take a holistic view of the sustainability debate. This programme will combine the technical design and engineering issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments with an appreciation for how such approaches can be justified in a commercially focused world. The programme considers passive (building fabric) and active measures (building services and renewable energy technologies) setting out what approach may be taken when considering new build or, as is becoming increasingly important the existing building stock. Students will gain the skills needed to assess these options on a whole life basis with an appreciation for how the financial and business case can be made for such approaches. The programme is closely linked with the schools Sustainable Built Environments Research Group (SBERG) and will be informed by the cutting edge research carried out by the group considering technical, behavioural and social issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments. The University of Greenwich is a Passive House Examination Centre and students can gain extra certification as a Passive House Designer/Consultant by taking the programme.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop skills and understanding around the principles of sustainable building with a view to delivering healthy, comfortable, efficient and environmentally friendly buildings
  • To consider how the above issues can be applied when working with existing buildings
  • To take the technical knowledge gained and working within a commercial world produce convincing and robust business cases for implementing sustainable solutions.


  • Sustainable Building Technologies 1 (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Building Technologies 2 (20 credits)
  • Managing within Sustainable Built Environments (20 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Building Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Option Course (20 credits)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000
020 8331 8145