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University of Cambridge - Sustainable Real Estate: Creating a Better Built Environment

8 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
Cape Town
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Program description

Sustainable Real Estate: Creating a Better Built Environment

Discover how you can respond to challenges facing sustainability in the built environment to leverage industry opportunities.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from University of Cambridge.

Buildings produce a third of all greenhouse gas emissions and are one of the main consumers of energy in the world. The real estate sector plays an undeniable role in the climate emergency and needs to be reimagined if we want a sustainable future.

On the Sustainable Real Estate: Creating a Better Built Environment online short course, you’ll learn how to find opportunities within sustainability challenges in the built environment. Designed by expert faculty from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), the course addresses and analyses the ecological, social, and governance aspects of real estate. With this overview of industry trends and risks, you’ll examine how sustainable real estate can contribute to a more resilient and inclusive society, and positively impact communities. Towards the end of this eight-week course, you’ll develop a personal action plan to deliver a sustainable outcome in your own built environment context. This strategy will help you realise the role you and your organisation can play in improving your own supply chains, as well as the vast real estate network.

Admission requirements

Is this course for you?

This course is for professionals who want to understand the sustainability challenges facing the real estate sector, and want the knowledge and insights to implement resilient measures to address these challenges. Real estate developers, entrepreneurs, city planners, architects, engineers, and other built environment professionals will learn about the latest planning and design considerations, as well as opportunities for sustainable development. Public sector professionals will have the opportunity to study the impact of sustainability on society, systems, and the broader built environment, and explore solutions to potential challenges. Investment professionals will also gain value from the course, as they realise the impact of climate change on real estate investments, and the value behind delivering a sustainable built environment.

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Program content

Course curriculum

Understand your role in developing a sustainable real estate sector as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Real estate sector challenges and opportunities

Module 2

Key themes for a sustainable real estate sector

Module 3

Systems thinking for resilience

Module 4

Redefining the business value for sustainable real estate

Module 5

Design and procurement for sustainable real estate

Module 6

Sustainable operation of the built environment

Module 7

Developing a strategy and encouraging action

Module 8

Maximising your influence and impact

Program delivery


  • Duration: 8 weeks (excluding orientation)
  • 6–8 hours per week- Self-paced learning online


About the certificate

Study sustainable real estate and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

An understanding of the key issues affecting sustainability in the real estate sector, and their solutions.

Insight into how sustainability connects communities and delivers social and business value, with systems thinking skills to integrate sustainable measures.

A strategy for encouraging action and driving sustainability in your organisation or spheres of influence.

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Contact info


Deneb House, 368 Browning Road, Woodstock,
7925 Cape Town
South Africa

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