Sustainable Construction and Development

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A FREE online course, where you will gain valuable insight into sustainable construction and development, and learn best practices from sustainability initiatives.
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Sustainable development meets the needs of the present by carrying out activities that do not compromise future generations’ ability to meet their own needs.

On this FREE course, developed by the CIOB and London South Bank University, you’ll learn about the obligations and actions that play a role in the concept and practice of sustainability in construction and development. You’ll explore the need for environmental, economic and social sustainability, and the implications for the construction industry.

You’ll learn best practices from successful sustainability initiatives, and understand the challenge of achieving sustainability in the future.

2020 start dates for this course will be announced shortly. Please register your interest to receive an update by email. 


This course is for anyone interested in sustainable construction and development, but may be of particular interest to those working in or studying construction and the wider built environment. It also counts towards annual CPD requirements (10 hours in total).


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the complexities of sustainability from generic and project specific perspectives, and the obligations of stakeholders
  • Evaluate the environmental considerations of sustainability and their implications on construction processes and practices
  • Evaluate economic considerations of sustainability and their implications on construction processes and practices
  • Evaluate social considerations of sustainability and their implications on construction processes and practices
  • Demonstrate knowledge of lessons learned from good practices of sustainability initiatives, and better understand how these could be implemented in projects
  • Explain the nature of the task of attaining sustainability in the built environment in future, considering the most likely future scenario of the sustainable development agenda.


In this online course, you will cover:

  • The complexities of sustainability in construction and development of the built assets, together with challenges, importance, and impact of role performance.
  • Environmental sustainability in construction and development of built assets, and the important roles of innovations, professionalism, ethics, culture and procurement practices and regulations.
  • Economic sustainability and the roles of effective business cases, organisational size, dynamics of networks & integrated delivery; and procurement practices.Social sustainability in construction and development of built assets, and the roles of construction processes, outputs and outcomes on people and society.
  • Lessons learned from good and best practices in sustainability, and how these could be embraced and taken-up, together with challenges and appropriate guidelines for implementation.
  • Future challenges in sustainable development based on possible scenarios considering the level of success of current mitigation and adaptation measures.

Course Delivery

Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this course:

  • The course takes place 100% online over a period of 5 weeks. New content is released on a weekly basis, and those who sign up should expect to make a commitment of 2 hours per week.
  • Once each week’s content has been released it will be available 24 hours per day, right up until 2 weeks after the course has ended. There are no live sessions; we will not expect you to be online at any specific times over the duration of the course.
  • If you require a Certificate of Achievement, please select the option to upgrade your enrolment for a fee of £52. Your certificate will be delivered at the end of the course. Those who don’t require proof of their studies can enjoy full access to the course free of charge.
  • The next course starts on 9th September 2019. To join, please click here to be redirected to the Future Learn online platform. This is where the course will be delivered, and it’s also the place where many more FAQs are answered.




Professor Charles Egbu

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London South Bank University Crest

Professor Charles Egbu and the team from London South Bank University will be welcoming you on the course.

You can read Charles Egbu’s full biography here.