Designing Net Zero Buildings

Southwark Campus

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To transition the UK to NetZero and create a truly zero-carbon built environment, we must not only design effective buildings but operate and maintain them efficiently over their lifetimes. As utility costs increase and we work to retrofit existing buildings, there is an increasing national demand for skills and knowledge in effective building operation. To address these needs, LSBU is proud to have created a ground-breaking, immersive pilot programme with the support of the Office for Students (OFD) new Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) scheme, and in close partnership with leading employers in the housing and green sector, including Building Services Research and Information Association, London Energy, Ashden, Clarion Housing Group, Lambeth Council and Southwark Council.

Designing Net Zero Buildings, one of four short courses in this programme, teaches the critical elements involved in designing buildings that don’t rely on fossil fuels. It focuses on the whole-building systems and HVAC engineering and is aimed at those who are familiar with the built environment but not with low-carbon building services.

During the immersive, one-year course you will study: the importance and expectations of being a modern, professional building-services engineer in the context of the wider construction industry; the concept, purpose and philosophy of Net Zero carbon design; how passive and active building elements jointly contribute to the successful operation of a building, user comfort and health; and how building services impact on a building’s design and operation including energy needs, whole-life carbon impact, and maintenance throughout the lifecycle.

The course is delivered through lectures, workshops and private study, and involves individual and group projects, site visits, industry-leading guest speakers, and hands-on learning with real-life application.

The other courses in this programme are:

  • Operating Net Zero Buildings
  • Procuring Net Zero Buildings
  • Leadership and Management for Net Zero Buildings.

This updated course offering for Sept 2022 entry is currently “subject to validation” to make you aware that the courses are at the final stages of approval. This means the course content is not yet finalised and may undergo further changes. Validation is a rigorous process to ensure high academic quality and standards are met and able to prepare students for future employment or further study.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus


Semester 1

Introduction to Building Services Engineering

This module introduces the concept of building services engineering design in the context of net-zero energy and carbon buildings. It explains the meaning of net-zero and shows how the main system components impact the building performance.

Semester 2

Zero Carbon Building and Systems Design

This module explores high-level decision-making and developing strategies for designing building services systems for net-zero (energy and carbon) buildings. It explains the key methodologies for designing net-zero and presents a range of tools and best practices for delivering these outcomes

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Feedback will normally be available to students 15 working days after the submission of an assignment.

Assignments should be submitted online


The qualification will lead to roles and careers in sustainable building design, and in particular the design of buildings that are Net Zero Carbon or ‘2050-ready’. Based on feedback from the industry, Net Zero Designs are in high demand immediately as clients seek to be ahead of regulatory requirements. The skills enabled by this qualification will only increase in demand as Government policy pushes for a Net Zero Carbon economy.

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

GCSE passes in five subjects (grade C or above), including English Language and Mathematics.

Minimum 12 years of education.

For Mature Candidates:

Mature candidates without the normal academic qualifications will be considered if they have a Level 3 vocational qualification (NVQ or C and G) in a relevant discipline and have significant relevant industrial experience.

AP(E)L {Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning}

Applicants may use their experience (in work and life) to demonstrate:

  • They have the necessary skills and knowledge for entry to the course;
  • They have met the learning outcomes of one or more of the course modules and can claim credits without participating in those modules;
  • Examples of APEL being a portfolio of prior written work;
  • References

How to apply

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
Start date
Application code
Application method

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).

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Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

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Designing Net Zero Buildings (PT) - Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £3080International fee: £5133.33
AOS/LSBU code: 5823Session code: 1PS00

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 226 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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