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SUST 0550 - Sustainability Assessment of the Built Environment: Neighbourhoods and Cities

Sustainability Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

This webinar introduces rating systems used for sustainability assessment of neighbourhoods and cities. Particular emphasis is given to comparing the strengths and weaknesses of each system in response to sustainability principles of ecological limits, social justice, and economic prosperity. Internationally recognized sustainability assessment tools will be introduced including the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 for Sustainable Communities, ISO 3701 for Sustainable Cities, Living Building Challenge (Living Neighborhoods), Ecocity Standards, One-Planet Living, BREAM, LEED ND and WELL. A comparison of the theoretical underpinnings that inform these tools, their stated goals, and implications for sustainability outcomes will be presented. Key concepts including planetary boundaries, bioregionalism, permaculture, regenerative development, and lifecycle assessment will be explored.


Working experience in the building design or construction industry is recommended.





Spring/Summer 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2019 term.

CRN 64458

Jun 12 1 Day

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jun 12 Wed 15:00 - 16:00 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the major differences between rating systems.
  • Appreciate how rating system affect sustainability outcomes.
  • Identify appropriate rating systems to assess sustainability of a neighbourhood or city.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2016


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