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Sustainable construction and development online course


In September 2018, the Chartered Institute of Building Academy is launching a new massive open online course (MOOC) on sustainable development. This follows the success of the first ever construction-focused MOOC which the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) ran in 2017, attracting more than 3,000 construction professionals in more than 100 countries.

The five-week interactive course has been developed in partnership with London South Bank University. It is free and has been designed specifically for those working in the construction industry. Anyone working in or studying construction and the wider built environment will find it useful as it focuses on what is arguably one of the most important issues facing construction today – sustainability within construction and development.

The course will cover:

Each week, leadership skills and critical thinking about sustainability will be developed as course participants reflect on interactive exercises and explore situations that are relatable to their everyday roles.

Professor Charles Egbu, Dean of School of the Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University and CIOB Senior Vice President, is among those who helped developed the new MOOC:

“Almost everything we do could be done more sustainably - it's all about the way we work, the way we live our lives and what that means for society. It's about responsibility for what we do for now and for the future. I very much encourage all construction professionals to be part and parcel of this course as you have the opportunity to learn much more about sustainability from both a theoretical and practical point of view. It's about you and the society you are part of – and what you could be part of creating for the future.”

Adrian Montague, Head of CIOB Academy, said:

“The CIOB has been delighted to be able to work with London South Bank University to open up the global conversation on sustainability in construction with this free course. We hope this brings sustainability to the front of the minds of those involved with the construction or use of buildings.

Since its inception in 2016, the Academy has provided practical courses for construction professionals. This new course is another example of our commitment to developing the future leaders in construction by offering access to the latest thinking on key topics. The CIOB Academy’s Sustainable Construction and Development MOOC is the second in our series and is freely open to professionals across the industry. I would welcome businesses and industry bodies sharing this course widely, helping to make a powerful, positive difference to the sustainability standards of constructors.”

The topics will be brought to life through social learning, questionnaires, videos, articles and quizzes. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with each other and the course leader. Tutors and contributors will be available online to answer questions and join discussions.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of sustainability from generic and project-specific perspectives. They should also be able to evaluate the economic and social considerations of sustainability and their implications on construction processes and practices.

The MOOC on sustainable construction and development starts on 17 September 2018. More information about this course can be found online at:

This article was originally published here on 23 August 2018 by CIOB.


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