Course Details

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMEM515
Course Unit DetailsMSc Engineering Management (Electives Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Identify and analyse major problems facing the planet earth and human society.
  2. Explain the concept of Sustainability, analyse the importance of sustainability in construction industry and emphasize how building green is good for Cyprus and the World.
  3. Analyse primary components of a sustainable engineering system.
  4. Explain design and construction principles for developing green structures and understand the principles for the selection of sustainable building materials.
  5. Recognise roles that an engineer has in implementing a sustainable construction/development project and describe methods for mitigation of environmental impacts.
  6. Perform detail evaluation of new and existing buildings based on LEED standards.
  7. Propose various technologies aimed at achieving global sustainability.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents MODULE 1 (Introduction to Sustainable Development):
-  Basic Concepts and Vocabulary (Definitions of Sustainability, Quantification Methods of Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods)
-  Ethics and Sustainability
-  Major Environmental and Resource Concerns
-  Defining Sustainable Construction (The Green Building Movement)
MODULE 2 (Sustainable Sites):
-  Site Selection – Comparison of alternative choices
-  Development Density & Community Connectivity
-  Alternative Transportation: Public Transportation Access & facilities
-  Site Development: Open Space 17
-  Stormwater Design: Quantity & Quality Control
MODULE 3 (Water Efficiency):
-  Water Efficient Landscaping
-  Water Efficient Landscaping: No Potable Water Use or No Irrigation
-  Innovative Wastewater Technologies
-  Water Use Reduction
MODULE 4 (Energy & Atmosphere):
-  Optimize Energy Performance
-  On-Site Renewable Energy
MODULE 5 (Materials & Resources):
-  Criteria for the selection of building materials
-  Material’s Life Cycle organisation
-  Storage & Collection of Recyclables
-  Building Reuse
-  Construction Waste Management
-  Materials Reuse
-  Recycled Content
-  Regional Materials
-  Embodied Energy of materials and methods for reduction 
MODULE 6 (Indoor Environmental Quality):
-  Minimum IAQ Performance
-  Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
-  Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
-  Ventilation
-  Construction IAQ Management Plan
-  Low-Emitting Materials (e.g. Adhesives, Sealants, Paints, Coatings, Carpet Systems)
-  Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control
-  Controllability of Systems: Lighting & Thermal Comfort
-  Daylight & Views

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Charles J. Kibert. 2007. Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-11421-6
  • US Green Building Council. 2005. LEED® for New Construction & Major Renovations
  • ASHRAE Press. 2006. ASHRAE Greenguide: The Design, Construction, and Operation Of Sustainable Buildings, 2nd Edition. ISBN: 978-1933742076
Planned learning activities and teaching methods The course will be presented through theoretical lectures in class. The lectures will present to the student the course content and allow for questions. The material will be presented using visual aids (i.e. PowerPoint presentation slides, documentaries, etc.). The aim is to familiarize the student with the different and faster pace of presentation and also allow the instructor to present related material that would otherwise be very difficult to do. The learning process will be enhanced with the requirement from the student to carry in-class discussions and tackling of hypothetical scenarios in small-group exercises. In-class problem-solving as well as homework exercises (mostly numerical) will allow students to practice their design skills in a controlled setting. A final project, which will be required as part of the students assessment for the course, will allow students the opportunity to carry out independent research, synthesize basic concepts presented in class, as well as hone their writing and presentation skills. Besides from the notes taken by students in class, all of the course material will be made available through the class website which will be available through the University’s E-learning platform. The instructor will be available to students during office hours or by appointment in order to provide necessary guidance.

Assessment methods and criteria
Team Project15%
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO

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