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Cardiff University: Advanced Building Performance Evaluation (MSc)

Institution Cardiff University
Department Welsh School of Architecture View department profile
Telephone 029 2087 9999
Study type Taught


Our MSc in Advanced Building Performance Evaluation aims to give students a solid foundation in the evaluation of the operational performance of buildings for energy and environmental aspects.

The programme focuses on the investigation of energy and environmental performance in existing buildings, integrating technical and occupants’ data. The programme equips professionals with the interdisciplinary skills needed to promote the efficient and effective operation of existing buildings. It will prepare you for a future career across a range of roles in facilities and building management, consultancy, energy and environmental performance assessment and research.

Most existing programmes in this subject area focus on the design of new buildings. However, the efficient operation of existing buildings is becoming more important. There is a need to improve the quality of environments and, at the same time, to reduce the energy that they consume and their carbon dioxide emissions. You will learn from interdisciplinary approaches, as the programme draws on bodies of theories from building science, social sciences and humanities.

On successful completion of the programme, you should be able to conduct sound evidence-based environmental and energy performance assessments of buildings in operation. You should also be able to analyse and integrate technical and social aspects of performance using methods of energy and environmental monitoring and human studies.

Our structured curriculum will enable you to develop essential knowledge and practical skills in building evaluation. We will support you to become an independent learner, able to undertake and understand the industry and policy challenges and to respond to them effectively. The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University is a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study.

Distinctive features

  • Looks at buildings evaluation in a holistic way by considering both technical and human aspects that affect the performance of existing buildings.

  • Develops an advanced knowledge of investigation methods and techniques to conduct performance evaluation exercises, integrating technical and human data.

  • Broadens students’ perspectives to include considerations related to energy and environmental goals from multiple stakeholders, such as occupants’ satisfaction, comfort and well-being as well as building operators’ concerns about the performance of existing buildings.

  • Uses case studies and live project to develop knowledge of building energy and environmental performance.

  • Includes management strategies to improve the building performance and to meet energy and environmental goals.

  • Draws on the internationally recognised expertise in energy, environment and socio-technical research at the Welsh School of Architecture.

  • Benefits from our close links with industry and other building clients to boost your employability.


Cardiff University
Welsh School of Architecture


Our environment
The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, which was originally established in 1920, is now one of the top-ranked schools of architecture in the UK. We attract postgraduate students from around the world who benefit from the unique experience of studying and living in the friendly and welcoming capital city of Wales.

Through our research and teaching we seek to create a built environment that enhances people’s lives without destroying the planet for future generations. We collaborate with universities, industry and architectural practices across the world to maximise our student …

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