Professional course Low/Zero-Impact Buildings

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Architecture and the Built Environment
5 days
Programme leader
Trina Ratcliffe-Pacheco

Page last updated 26 September 2019


Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations is fast becoming the industry standard approach to designing, analysing, and managing building lifecycle. 

Low/Zero-Impact Buildings assesses the role of BIM in designing and operating comfortable buildings that significantly reduce or eliminate energy use. You will evaluate low or zero-carbon and renewable technologies, apply BIM to evaluate buildings' environmental performance and explore the impact of Part L, BREEAM, LEED and EPC ratings.


Entry requirements

Participants are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent), or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.

Careers / Further study

This module can be taken as a stand alone module, or used to build up credit towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Environment and Technology Awards.



On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the role of BIM to design and operate comfortable buildings that significantly reduce/eliminate energy use;
2. Assess low/zero-carbon and renewable technologies;
3. Apply BIM and low/zero carbon technology to evaluate building environmental performance;
4. Evaluate, compare and select best passive solutions;
5. Evaluate the impact of Part L, BREEAM, LEED, EPC ratings, and code for sustainable homes on Low/zero impact buildings;
6. Apply BIM and building environmental tools to perform lighting analysis;
7. Apply BIM and building environmental tools to perform thermal analysis;
8. Draw conclusions on the developments of low/zero impact building on energy use, CO2 emissions, occupant comfort, light levels, and ventilation.

Learning and Teaching

The module is delivered by way of five study days for face to face teaching. Recorded lectures and the use of email discussion groups of virtual learning environments (VLEs) and other technology-aided means are also employed.


The module will be assessed through a practical skills assessment and a written report.


Study facilities

The University has excellent facilities, accessible to all students, as required; however, it is expected that much of the work will be carried out within the work environment.

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

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

CohortUK/EU ParticipantsInternational Participants
January 2020£625£1,083

Course Dates

CohortStart DateApplication Deadline
January 2020Tuesday 28 January 2020Monday 20 January 2020

How to apply

How to apply

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 module tutor 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). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport

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

On acceptance onto the module, you will be registered onto our student system to give you access to university resources, including the library and your module BlackBoard site where course materials and pre-reading/work will be posted.

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For further information

  • Email: For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, assessments, etc. please contact the Programme Leader directly.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304