Professional/Short Course Zero Carbon Buildings (Energy Management and Performance) (Level 6)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
Frenchay / Arnolfini
21 weeks of teaching, 6 weeks of assessment
Part-time / blended
Course Director
Patrick O'Flynn

Page last updated 12 October 2023


Funding is available for applicants who meet the eligibility criteria.

The Zero Carbon Building (Energy Management and Performance) course will enable you to critically evaluate an energy retrofit proposal for a given case study building, including technical aspects, economic costings and impact on human factors.

It will be delivered as a stand-alone credit-bearing short course and meets the criteria for Higher Education Short Course (HESC) loans, available to apply for once your application has been approved.

This course forms part of a portfolio of HESC funded courses which include: 

Zero Carbon Buildings (Environments and Materials) (Level 4) 

Zero Carbon Buildings (Technology and Modelling) (Level 5) 

If you are unfamiliar with higher education settings, full support will be given and the course has been designed to meet the highest standard of inclusive design, with a mix of in-person teaching and an online learning environment where material is available in digital formats, including recordings of live sessions, learning material and a reading list in accessible formats.

Learning will be divided into short presentations on theory, followed by interactive learning activities, using technology enhanced learning, detailed session plans and related reading lists.

The use of hands-on learning equipment and real-world case studies will be used to give the learning a professional focus.

Learning outcomes

  • Propose an energy retrofit plan for a case study building, informed by a thorough review of academic literature and related site evaluations of such aspects as functionality, comfort, energy, sustainability and user satisfaction, using a range of recognised procedures, monitoring equipment and software.
  • Prepare a feasibility report for an energy related project in an existing building, accounting for energy generation/efficiency projections, technology assessment, regulation compliance, qualification for incentive schemes, lifecycle costs and user acceptability.
  • Defend the usability of the retrofit proposal, when faced by conflicting requirements of owners, users, maintainers, constructers and designers and present the feasibility study to a critical audience, clearly evaluating the risks and opportunities.

Entry requirements

Learners joining this level 6 course are expected to have fundamental knowledge of building physics (such as the heat-balance equation), as covered in the level 4 course Zero Carbon Buildings (Environments and Materials) and the skills to apply zero carbon design theory, as covered in the level 5 course Zero Carbon Buildings (Technology and Modelling).

  • To gain entry to this course, learners require either:

a) completion of the related short course Zero Carbon Buildings (Technology and Modelling) Level 5;


b) completion of 120 credits of level 5 in a related technical programme of the built environment;


c) evidence of experiential learning that map to the learning outcomes of the level 5 short course Zero Carbon Buildings (Technology and Modelling).

  • All applicants will need GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4.
  • Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements but have relevant experience may be considered on a case by case basis. 

Careers / Further study

Upon completion of the course, you will have the skills to undertake retrofit coordination and energy management roles for conventional commercial buildings.



Management in the Energy Industry: structure of the energy supply industry, energy-use regulations and certification schemes, incentive schemes, energy in facility management, energy markets, tariffs.

Data Gathering and Analysis: data gathering techniques, energy audits, monitoring and instrumentation, metering and sub-metering, EBMS systems, surveying, CUSUM analysis, Sankey diagrams, benchmarking.

Performance Evaluation: technical and financial analysis of: mechanical systems, control systems, electrical systems; encouraging energy efficient behaviour change; soft landings.

Human factors in building performance: user movement in buildings; visual effects on users; predicting user behaviour in response to audio/visual signalling and design semantics of interactive objects; sensors and smart technologies.

Facilitating a sustainable use of energy technologies: using semantic design to encourage low energy use of buildings; interface with HVAC controls; energy-use feedback; user education of technical systems.

Learning and Teaching

Regular online (flipped) lectures will introduce topics, define the scope of learning required and provide initial conceptual development.

Lectures are followed by supervised face-to-face tutorial/seminar sessions to reinforce cognitive development and provide feedback. Supervised tutorials provide guidance in applying quantitative methods required for solving problems, and provide feedback on independent learning and activities undertaken in support of the planned site visits. Software workshops are used to support student learning data analysis software.

Directed independent learning in this module includes time engaged with essential reading, completion of tutorial exercise drills, preparation for, and completion of, summative assignment


Assessment will include a live presentation and a written feasibility report.


Study facilities

UWE Bristol is superbly equipped with libraries and computer labs, and an excellent campus environment. Our online learning environments deliver an integrated learning experience to you and you also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the UWE Bristol library. 

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer. 

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course dates

This course is planned to run again in 2023/24. Course dates, updated fees and online booking forms will be published here in the summer of 2023. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available. Should government restrictions be enforced this module will move to online delivery.

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Course fees

As an indication, the cost of this course was £2,310 in 2022/23. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.

Higher Education Short Course Loan Applications

Funding for this course is available from the Student Loans Company (Student Finance England).

To be eligible for this funding you must first check you meet the loan eligibility criteria below and then make an application using the link below in the How to Apply section.

At the point of booking with us you will not be asked to pay any fees.

Once we have confirmed your place you will be eligible to apply to the Student Loans Company via GOV.UK for a HESC loan to cover the course fees. You cannot make an application for a loan until we have confirmed your place.

Each loan application covers the fee for one course. Loan applications can take 4-6 weeks to be processed so please complete the booking with us as soon as you are able to.

Loan Eligibility Criteria

You can apply for a HESC loan if all of the following are true:

  • you're a UK national or Irish Citizen or have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or indefinite leave to enter or remain so there are no restrictions on how long you can stay
  • you normally live in England
  • you've been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 continuous years before the first day of your course, apart from temporary absences such as going on holiday

Please see our Higher Education Short Course Loans page for further details.

How to apply

How to apply

To apply there is a three-step process:

1. Complete the booking process by clicking on the Apply Now link below. You will then be sent an email  requesting the supporting documents listed below.    

2. The Course Leader will review your application form and documents and then offer/decline a place on the course.

3. If successful you will receive an offer letter. This can be used to support your application for the HESC loan.

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Supporting documents to be submitted with your application form

As this module carries university accreditation, once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the Course Leader to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university.

  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference)
  • A brief personal statement to support your application
  • A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied
  • A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport including current settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or indefinite leave to enter or remain as necessary)
  • If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage regarding required levels for study

For further information

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  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 3)