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Sustainable Construction CPD - Module Descriptions

Module 1: Materials Selection

This module aims to give the reader a sound and broad grasp of the issues and priorities affecting materials selection in the design of places, buildings, services and objects and a realistic perspective on the range of issues which will affect decision making. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 2: Lighting and Daylighting

This module is designed to enable the professional to be better able to make informed decisions about lighting & daylighting design. It directs the reader to contemporary tools and guidance which will assist in implementing best practice. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 3: Water and Sewage Management

This module considers the flow of water through buildings. It looks at its efficient use, the appropriate treatment of the wastewater discharged and the potential for reuse. It also considers rain falling on and around buildings, the potential for reuse and appropriate discharge. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 4: Heating

This concise document aims to enable the reader to be better equipped to deliver high quality buildings which have a low heating demand and retain a positive affect on health and well being. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 5: Environmental Policy and Legislation

This module aims to highlight the key policy drivers for the creation of more-sustainable construction and the legislative requirements that need to be met. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 6: Cooling and Ventilation Strategies

Many buildings remain less comfortable and healthy then they might be and consume unnecessary energy for ventilation & cooling. This module seeks to highlight the principal issues and sources of guidance. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 7: Renewable Energy Technologies

Increasingly part of the design pallet and with increasing support from government, renewables are still new to the vast majority of designers and clients. This module will give guidance on how to make best use of the available opportunities and how to go about designing and specifying appropriate systems. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 8: Sustainability Drivers

This module provides a review of the principle milestones which have brought about the shift in attitudes towards sustainable design of the built environment. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 9: Construction Processes, Site Issues and Handover

This module provides best practice guidance on tender evaluation, site practice, management and handover. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 10: Low Impact Construction

This module looks at recent innovative initiatives to design using very low impact materials such as straw, earth, hemp and timber. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 11: Electrical Installations

This module is intended to help designers to develop strategies for low impact electrical services design and to implement them effectively. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 12: Post Occupancy Evaluation

A thorough and concise review of methods of obtaining feedback from buildings in use and the history of development of the techniques with a series of case studies largely taken from the PROBE studies. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 13: Cost Issues

This module undertakes a comprehensive review of the cost implications of 'green' building. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 14: Appraisal Tools & Techniques

How, with the use of expert guidance, designed processes, tools and formal & informal environmental management processes, to get efficient, healthy, responsible buildings. Click here to view the front page of the module.

Module 15: Urban Ecology

This module considers the sustainable design of the built environment of our cities and countryside. Click here to view the front page of the module.

The guides can be ordered from Gaia Research. To make an order please download the order form and send it with a cheque made payable to "Gaia Research" to :

Gaia Research, The Monastery, Hart Street lane, Edinburgh EH1 3RG .

For more information contact Sandy Halliday on 0131 558 7227 or e-mail research@gaiagroup.org .

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