CO7005 Sustainable Built Environments

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CO7005 Sustainable Built Environments 

Coursework One Project: 3000-word individual project

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Learning outcomes
The module learning outcomes relevant to this assessment (either assessed in part or full) are listed below:
LO2 Propose responses that can be made, at different scales, to move towards a sustainable built environment.
LO3 Evaluate the instruments through which sustainable built environments are promoted and measured around the globe including accreditation schemes, and legislation.
LO5 Appraise the contributions the built environment professionals and professional bodies make towards sustainable built environments.
LO6 Formulate responses based on evidence from research and practice.

Sustainable design is the purposeful design of buildings and places that minimise harmful environmental impacts, drastically reduces carbon emissions, and positively increase health, wellbeing, nature and biodiversity, and social value, throughout their lifecycles’. (UKGBC, 2024)

The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) define a measurable set of eight sustainable outcomes that correspond to the key UN Sustainable Development goals, to be delivered on building projects of all scales. 

These are the eight sustainable outcomes:
• Net zero operational carbon
• Net zero embodied carbon
• Sustainable water cycle
• Sustainable connectivity and transport
• Sustainable land use and biodiversity• Good health and wellbeing
• Sustainable communities and social value
• Sustainable life cycle cost (RIBA, 2024)

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out the principles underpinning holistic sustainable design. The RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide derives a set of measurable targets from the UN principles for project teams and clients to use.
These sustainable outcomes address the triple bottom line definition of sustainability – balancing social, environmental, and economic value. They can be used not just by architects but the wider construction industry and its clients.

Assessment brief

  • Appended to this brief are some outline designs for a community centre. Note these are outline designs only and you will not find the project built elsewhere, and nor is it relevant.
  • Also appended to this brief is a list of different locations.
  • The assessment requires you to advise a client who wants to build the community centre on land in the location you have chosen. The client wants this to be a sustainable project, one which can be used as an exemplar of community infrastructure, balancing the three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental and economic. The client has experience of such projects.
  • The advice should be in the form of a 3,000 word professional report which includes illustrations, pictures, data, maps and other information you consider relevant to your discussion. These are to be included within the main body of the report and not as an appendix.
  • Advise the client on the general considerations in relation to the sustainable development of land in that region, the threats and opportunities.
  • Advise the client on how they can achieve the eight sustainable outcomes in the design of this community centre. You can provide advice on design changes to improve sustainability and reflect local vernacular and climate conditions, advice on materials, the potential for sustainable certification and strategies for integrating sustainable practices at different stages through the project lifestyle. All your advice should be accompanied by justification and discussion of any alternatives.
  • The RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide and the relevant UN SDGs should form the basis of your discussions and background research beyond these frameworks.
  • The report should be properly referenced, including any illustrations and graphical material, using Harvard style citations and reference list at the end (

List of locations for Coursework One
Select one area as the location for discussion around the coursework brief
You may choose your own location but discuss and agree with the Module Leader prior to using.

Location One
Swansea, Wales
Climate Features: Swansea has a maritime climate similar to much of the UK but is particularly noted for its relatively high rainfall and its location on the coast of Wales, which affects its weather patterns. The area around Swansea also includes a variety of landscapes, including urban areas, coastal regions, and countryside.
The location could be subject to costal erosion but the weather is appropriate for certain forms of renewable energy.

Location Two
Edinburgh, Scotland
Climate Features: Cool, wet winters and mild summers, with a relatively stable temperature range throughout the year but higher rainfall compared to the rest of the UK.
Edinburgh`s historic urban landscape also presents unique challenges for integrating modern sustainable practices without compromising its heritage.

Location Three
Cornwall, England
Climate Features: Mild and wet climate, with relatively warm summers and mild winters, benefiting from the Gulf Stream.
Cornwall`s coastal location exposes it to high levels of salinity and wind, offering unique challenges and opportunities for sustainable coastal development.

Location Four
Birmingham, England
Climate Features: Birmingham experiences a temperate maritime climate, with relatively mild winters, moderately warm summers, and consistent rainfall throughout the year.
Its urban environment presents specific challenges such as the urban heat island effect and managing air quality.

Location Five
Milton Keynes, England
Climate Features: Milton Keynes experiences a temperate maritime climate with mild winters, warm summers, and moderate rainfall throughout the year. This planned city, established in the 1960s, was designed with a grid system of roads and extensive green spaces, embodying a modernist vision of urban living.
Milton Keynes presents an ideal setting for exploring innovative sustainable urban development strategies complementing those of its original design.

Location Six
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Climate Features: Bengaluru experiences a tropical savanna climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons. Although it has traditionally enjoyed a relatively mild climate compared to other Indian cities, recent urbanization has led to an increase in temperatures due to the urban heat island effect. The city receives a significant amount of rainfall during the monsoon season.
Bengaluru`s rapid growth as a tech hub has prompted a need for sustainable urban planning and building practices to address issues of water scarcity, energy consumption, and green space reduction.

Location Seven
Singapore, Malaysia
Climate Features: Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate, characterized by high humidity and temperatures throughout the year, along with abundant rainfall. Its geographical location near the equator ensures little variation in temperature but significant challenges in terms of heat and humidity.
Singapore is a global leader in urban sustainability, despite its limited land area and natural resources.

Location Eight
Accra, Ghana, West Africa
Climate Features: Accra has a tropical savanna climate, with a long wet season and a pronounced dry season. Temperatures are relatively high throughout the year, and humidity levels can be quite high, especially during the wet season.
The city is also dealing with the impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures and irregular rainfall patterns.

Location Nine
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Climate Features: Dhaka experiences a tropical savanna climate, with hot, humid summers, a monsoon season with heavy rainfall, and mild winters.
The city is also prone to flooding due to its low-lying geography and proximity to rivers, in addition to facing significant urban pollution and congestion challenges.

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