online course An Introduction to Zero Carbon Buildings

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Architecture and the Built Environment
5 x 90 minute sessions, delivered over 5 consecutive weeks

Page last updated 12 March 2021


This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for professionals of the built environment who wish to raise their awareness of zero carbon design and construction. It sets out the process of building development in a zero carbon context, raising awareness of the technical, social and economic challenges that need to be overcome in transitioning to Zero Carbon.

The course reviews the definitions of Zero Carbon, how it relates to the wider sustainability agenda, zero carbon design and construction skills, zero carbon technologies, the collaborative effort of construction professionals required to deliver zero carbon and economic feasibility techniques that can fully assess the impact of zero carbon.

What do I get out of it?

Benefits to the individual: Raised awareness and an ability to plan future personal development. A certificate of attendance from UWE Bristol will be issued to demonstrate your CPD has been completed.

Benefits to employers: Allow employees to get recognised CPD from UWE Bristol for their staff in an academic environment.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Who is it for?

Although intended for experienced professionals, to help them identify the new skills required for Zero Carbon, this course is also suitable for students and early career professionals who want to know more about the future of building development.

Related professionals of the built environment including:

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Managers
  • Surveyors
  • Technologists



The overall course learning objectives are:

  • To raise awareness of the social, economic and technical challenges of achieving zero carbon building development.
  • Allow professionals of the Built Environment to identify their role in delivering zero carbon and any related knowledge / skills gap, allowing them to plan for future CPD.

The course is delivered over 5 weeks covering the following topics:

  1. Define zero carbon and its relation to the wider sustainability agenda.
  2. Zero carbon techniques and technologies.
  3. Behaviours and collaborations required to deliver zero carbon.
  4. Zero carbon design and engineering skills.
  5. Zero carbon procurement and construction skills.

Topics will cover residential, commercial and public sector buildings. The UK context will set the basis of the principle case studies, but relation to international context will also be discussed.

Aspects of zero carbon not covered include planning, transport and grid engineering.

Study time

Sessions are delivered live, online. To give flexibility, sessions will be repeated the following week and recorded, but CPD certificates will only cover attendance of the live sessions.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

As a MOOC, this course is available free of charge.

Programme dates

This course will next run in September 2021. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.


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How to apply

How to apply

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This course will next run in September 2021. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the Enquiry Form above.

For further information

  • Email: For queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. booking, etc. please contact us using the on-line enquiry form or phone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927