Horizons: A Sustainability Case Study

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A sustainability case study about UCEM’s office, Horizons, which was awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating .


Course details


This sustainability case study provides an account of UCEM’s relocation to new premises between early 2015 and late 2016. It 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

Technical Requirements

In order to maximise your learning experience, you will need access to:

  • a personal computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device with audio & video playback capability
  • access to the Internet (via a broadband connection recommended)

Be able to

  • use an up-to-date web browser (for example):

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge

  • open PDF documents using software such as Adobe

Please be aware if using a system within a firewall you may need your IT Team to allow pop-ups and access to YouTube.

Technical Assistance:

Should you require any technical assistance please contact academysupport@ucem.ac.uk


As an informal CPD case study there is no certificate issued.

Enrolment details

This course is FREE.

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