Horizons: A Sustainability Case Study

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A sustainability case study about UCEM’s new home, Horizons, which was awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating in August 2016.


Course details


This sustainability case study provides an account of UCEM’s relocation to new premises between early 2015 and late 2016, and showcases the journey we took when we acquired and then transformed an inefficient 1980s building in central Reading into our sustainable new home, Horizons, which was awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating in August 2016 and a Green Apple Gold Award in 2017.

Time commitment

The total estimated time for reviewing this case study is 1 hour.

As a fully online, self managed case study delegates are able to stop and restart the course as they progress. Working through the material at a time and place that suits them.


This case study has been designed to inform, inspire, and share good sustainability practice.

It explores both the rationale and opportunities that exist for embedding sustainability into the built environment, and analyses the impact that UCEM’s ‘green’ office has had thus far in environmental, social, and economic contexts.

Course structure

This case study is made up of the following elements:

  1. An e-learning presentation
  2. An interactive model

Once delegates have worked through the presentation, they will also be able to explore Horizons for themselves using the interactive model.

The self-managed online delivery method will allow delegates to explore the case study at their own pace. Stopping and restarting the material and exploring Horizons wherever they may be.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this case study


There is no certificate issued for this informal CPD case study.

Enrolment details

This course is FREE. To begin, simply “Add to basket” and register.