Reducing Energy Use Through Active Building Design


This six-hour CPD course examines various active systems which can be used in buildings to reduce their energy use, including smart controls, MVHR units and heat pumps, and considers the benefits of on-site and off-site renewable energy technologies.

6 hours CPD      (you will have 6 weeks access to the course material)

Multi-buy Discount: This course is part of a series of four CPD courses developed by UCEM. Each focuses on a different approach to reducing energy use and carbon emissions. You can buy these separately, or click here to buy all four CPD courses together for the discounted fee of £250.

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Reducing Energy Use Through Active Building Design

It’s becoming more and more important for built environment professionals to be able to take part in informed conversations about methods for reducing energy use and carbon emissions. We’ve designed this course specifically to help you to join the conversation, and to build your knowledge and skills to prepare you to make an impact in your own roles.

In this six-hour online CPD course, you’ll become familiar with active design approaches to reducing energy use and carbon emissions in buildings.  Terms such as ‘whole life carbon’ and ‘net zero’ are not yet widely understood, even among built environment professionals, so learning key terminology and metrics will be a critical first step in being able to quantify and reduce carbon emissions in building projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

    • identify how active measures can reduce energy use and operational carbon;
    • identify the various active systems in buildings, including heat pumps and MVHR units;
    • explain the effect that smart control systems can have on heating requirements;
    • identify the benefits of renewable energy technologies and systems.

Time commitment

The total estimated study time for completing this course is 6 hours. This estimate includes time for you to read or view a resource more than once, as well as time for you to take notes and undertake the online assessment.

Within this module you will find a combination of audio and visual learning methods. You work through the online course yourself following the guidance materials provided, at your own pace, wherever you may be. You can stop and restart at different sections and explore further the material and information available.

You will have 6 weeks access to this course. Your access will start from your registration.

Course structure

The course content is divided into the following topics:

  • Building systems
  • Heat pumps and replacing gas boilers
  • Energy sharing and district networks
  • Low-carbon and renewable energy sources
  • Smart systems and technologies
  • The retrofit challenge
  • What is retrofitting and why do it?
  • How is retrofitting done?
  • Retrofitting measures

As a fully online, self-managed course you are able to stop and restart the course as you progress, working at a time and place that suits your needs.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. 


You will be tested with a short multiple choice online quiz at the end of this course. You must achieve 80% or more to successfully complete the course. Additional attempts will be permitted should you not be successful on your first attempt. On successful completion of the course you will receive a personalised UCEM certificate of completion for 6 hours of formal CPD.

Enrolment details

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Individual or corporate bookings welcome.  For alternative payment options, including payment by invoice or to purchase for multiple delegates, please contact:

Have questions about our programmes or need help with your registration? Get in touch with our  friendly admissions team using the following details:

UK (Free): 0800 019 9697 (Press 1)

International: +44 (0)118 921 4696 (Press 1)


UCEM alumni?

Alumni discount is available on this CPD course. Don’t forget to input your UCEM alumni code to gain 15% discount on the full sale price of this product. Contact to receive your alumni discount.

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

Interested in studying sustainability further?

This CPD course is part of a series available on the UCEM Online Academy, each covering different approaches to reducing energy use and carbon emissions. You can register for each one separately at cost of £95+VAT each or buy all four CPD courses together and benefit from a multi-buy discount.

Controlling Energy and Carbon Emissions in Buildings £95
Reducing Energy Use through Active Building Design £95
Understanding Energy and Carbon Assessments £95
Reaching Net Zero Through Passive Building Design £95
Energy and Carbon (multi-buy) – all four CPD together £250