LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR NET ZERO BUILDINGS

Overview

The UK is facing a massive Net Zero transition across its entire economy, and the built environment is no exception. As 2050 fast approaches, with pressure from all sides to meet ambitious but legally binding net zero targets, the sector is transforming the way we not only procure, design and construct buildings, but also how we operate and maintain them over their entire lifetime.

As such, the entire workforce is in urgent need of upskilling to ensure every individual is fully equipped to address the pressing and complex challenges ahead.

This new course, one of four launched by LSBU, presents an innovative model for teaching the skills and knowledge necessary to lead and manage teams tasked with designing and delivering the net zero buildings of the future.

LSBU is proud to have created a ground-breaking, pilot programme with the support of the Office for Students (OFS) new Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) scheme – meaning students on this short, effective degree level course can apply for a student loan to cover fees, irrespective of past loans and learning pathways.

Course content and structure has been developed in close partnership with leading employers in the construction sector, including Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), Climate Framework, London Energy, Ashden, Clarion Housing Group, Lambeth Council and Southwark Council – ensuring highly relevant, actionable skills that can be acquired alongside a professional career and rapidly applied within the workplace.

Leadership and Management for Net Zero Buildings, one of four short courses in this programme, is designed for mid-career professionals seeking to advance to team leadership or more strategic roles within the built environment. The course covers the global context of climate change and global energy supplies; the definition, boundaries, challenges and opportunities of Net Zero within the built environment; and the systems-change drivers, from national legislation to local policy and town planning as well as energy networks, grids, transportation and urban contexts. It teaches the complex skills required to develop Net Zero energy strategies, including lifecycle planning (operational / embodied carbon) and responsible sourcing and supply-chain management for all project types, whether new build, retrofit or RMI.

During the immersive, one-semester course you’ll study how to: strategically manage risk; seek, analyse and communicate information; use data to make a compelling business case for Net Zero; and lead collaboratively to maintain the ‘Golden Thread’ throughout the project and for the whole of the life of the building.

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 course will run concurrently with the three other Net Zero short courses in this programme, ensuring students benefit from insights from other roles within the built environment that impact on their own decision-making and ways of working.

The other courses are:

  • Procuring Net Zero Buildings
  • Designing Net Zero Buildings
  • Operating Net Zero Buildings
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModePart-time Duration1 semester Start dateJanuary Application code5826 Application method Direct to LSBU

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

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Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

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Entry Level Requirements

  • A Level BBC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to Engineering qualifications with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Mature students who do not possess any of the above formal qualifications but can demonstrate working experience which includes significant study or application of mathematical skills appropriate to level III (i.e. ‘A’ Level) or similar, may be allowed to join the course at the course director’s discretion.

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
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Tuition fees for home students

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Tuition fees for international students

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Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Part-time Duration 1 semester Start date January Application code 5826 Application method Direct to LSBU
  • Management of Organisation (Level 5)
    This module provides an analytical approach to understanding organisations, how they are organised and typical cultures, the management of work groups and the roles of the individual in a work setting. Communication and leadership. It considers the development of management theory, through the Classical Schools of thought up to the present day. A second theme introduces elements of human resource management, notably the principles of personnel management and industrial relations with reference to the construction industry.
  • Leadership for Zero Carbon Buildings (Level 6)
    This module examines the sources and availability of traditional fuels and their environmental impacts, and the need to use them efficiently and economically. It explores the thermodynamic and economic analysis of energy supply technologies including power cycles and combined heat and power plants.

    - 100% Coursework
    - Feedback will normally be available to students 15 working days after the submission of an assignment.
    -  Assignments should be submitted online.

Course commitment

The course runs over 1 semester (January to May 2023) and has the following study commitments:

Onsite Lectures/site visits: 44

Online tutorials: 8

Private study: 148

Total learning hours: 200

Students will be on campus for two full weeks (23-27 January and 13-17 March) and two two-day sessions (23-24 February and 27-28 April).

Online study

Each module includes two half-day online tutorials (8 February, 8 March, 29 March, 10 May).

For each hour of contact tuition the student is recommended to commit to three hours of self-study (including completion of coursework)

Careers

The qualification will enhance prospects for those with roles and careers in the built environment in the UK and internationally, or seeking to step up to leadership and management roles. Based on feedback from the industry, Net Zero leadership skills are already in high demand as the sector adapts to complexity of delivering buildings that are Net Zero or ‘2050-ready’, and building owners increasingly seek to reduce carbon consumption, running costs and reputational risk ahead of regulatory requirements. The skills enabled by this qualification will only increase in demand as Governments globally push to make Net Zero standards mandatory and organisations align to respond to market and regulatory demands.

Teaching and Assessment

Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500

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