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Module Code: CEN401
Module Title: Sustainable Technology and Building Materials
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of the module is to enhance the knowledge and abilities with regard to the different building materials used in civil engineering constructions while understanding the sustainable use and development of them.
Learning outcomes 
A. Evaluate, use and adapt specific design methodologies and sustainable materials on the basis of life cycle assessment.

B. Assess the environmental impact of traditional construction materials and determine environmental friendly solutions through practices of reduce, reuse, and recycle at material and structure levels.

C. Apply sustainable practices based on international building codes (Eurocodes) to address sustainability concerns.

D. Judge and select appropriate cement replacement materials on the basis of performance and sustainability.

Method of teaching and learning 
The main content of the module is delivered through formal lectures and lab practices assessed by lab report and project-based coursework. The coursework requires both an oral presentation and written report.
The main syllabus of the module consists of the following sections.

1) The concept of sustainability and basic consideration regarding building materials, environmental impacts, opportunities on energy saving and CO2 emission reduction.

2) Concrete properties and mix design towards sustainability, structural and durability performance with different types of cement, aggregate, and other additives.

3) Cement production and associated CO2 emission. Cement supplementary materials and the performance and sustainability of concrete containing cement supplementary material.

4) Aggregate manufacture process and properties of recycled aggregate and its impact on the sustainability of concrete.

5) The durability of reinforced concrete and non-destructive testing technology that can be used in the repairing and retrofitting process.

6) Sustainability issues associated with masonry structures, including cost and strength characteristics; energy efficiency; repairing and retrofitting of existing brick/earth structures.

7) Sustainability issues associated with steel and alloy for construction, including types of steel and alloy, environmental impact due to steel constructions and sustainability consideration during construction.

8) Sustainability issues associated with production, use, and disposal of other widely used building materials, including timber, glass, and plastics.

9) Sustainable practice in the construction industry and recommendations by international codes (Eurocodes) on environmental impact assessment.

10) Life cycle assessment on the manufacture of various building materials and Eco-labelling in international codes (Eurocodes). Green building certification programme.

Individual Lab Reports based on Group work:

Report on concrete/mortar containing cement supplementary materials. Shall report material properties such as strength, durability, and environmental impacts.

Sustainability Project:

Perform a sustainability assessment of certain building materials and deliver an oral presentation and final report.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 36  8    8    98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Lab Report 30.00
2 Sustainability Project 70.00

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