School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Research

Building Performance

Our research improves the understanding of the socio-technical aspects of energy use in dwellings.

Our Building Energy Demand research has a 42 year history and focuses on measurement and modelling to produce healthy, high quality indoor environments, with lower energy demand and CO2 emissions.

 Performance measurement and building physics, includes:

  • Building energy databases
  • Sensors and controls for managing building energy
  • Building energy technologies

It is our knowledge that informs the government’s built energy policy, supports the identification of dwellings that would benefit from refurbishment and helps quantify the risks created by extreme climate events.

Modelling and optimisation addresses:

  • Advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Daylight and photobiology
  • Optimisation

Case Studies

Lighting expert Prof John Mardaljevic has worked with English Heritage to help them with daylight strategies to protect their priceless artefacts.

Daylighting of heritage spaces: balancing access and conservation

Loughborough University pioneer a novel camera-based technique to monitor the spatial distribution of daylight exposure in heritage spaces.

Effective low energy buildings

Our research has resulted in improvements in natural ventilation systems and reduced energy consumption.

Effective low energy buildings

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