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Introduction to Sustainability in Construction - funded course

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): 18 April 2023
  • Duration: 18 April 2023 - 27 June 2023, Tuesdays 5.30 pm - 8 pm for ten weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Please note: This course is delivered through the Reskill & Recover project, which is part funded by the European Social Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support employees of small and medium businesses that are based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

This course is for anyone in the construction sector interested in policies, regulations, and assessment strategies and the impact they are having on construction technology, the efficient use of resources, and the promotion of health and wellbeing.

What you’ll study

Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of workshops, demonstrations, seminar groups and tutorials. It will enable you to increase your level of project engagement and productivity.

This course will be delivered via a combination of classroom sessions on the NTU City Campus and online sessions.

During this course you will:

  • Gain an overview of sustainable development.
  • Consider how climate change affects buildings and people.
  • Learn about the policies and assessment methods including the UK Climate Change Act and Net-Zero.
  • Consider water, sewage management, and sustainable drainage.
  • Understand what is meant by the 'circular economy'.
  • Find out about managing energy demand, renewal energy, and energy storage.

You'll also learn about systemic strategies for reducing the environmental impacts of buildings by looking at:

  • Behaviour, performance gaps and sustainable consumption.
  • Procurement.
  • Green building inspections, commissioning, operations, and retrofit.
  • Nature-Based Solutions for the built environment.
  • Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of workshops, demonstrations, seminar groups, and tutorials.

As a result of completing the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An awareness of the implications of a range of sustainability policies, assessment strategies and related technologies.
  • An understanding of the mechanisms of building energy, water and materials consumption.
  • Logical recommendations based on the information available.
  • A range of transferable skills that will be valuable in the workplace.

What you’ll gain:

You will receive a CPD certificate upon successful completion of the course. Should the assessment be successfully completed, the course provides 5 NTU undergraduate-level credits.

How you’re taught

This course is delivered by Yangang Xing.

Yangang is a senior lecturer in construction technology and building engineering services within the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment (ADBE) at Nottingham Trent University. He gained his PhD from the University of Salford.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this course you must be employed by a small or medium business (under 250 employees) in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

If you have any queries about this course, please email:

If this course is of interest but you or your company do not meet the eligibility criteria for a funded place, please contact us to find out about dates for other occurrences.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.