Buildings & Communities
Evaluating indoor and outdoor environments for healthier human settlements.
Reducing energy demand in dwellings is an important component of meeting carbon reduction targets. The research shows that a human – centric approach, understanding the drivers of occupant behaviour is required to achieve energy savings without compromising people’s health and well-being.
Research areas: residential heat as an energy system service, holistic energy and architectural retrofit toolkit (HEART) and decarbonising New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and UK residenital dwellings.
Heating, is the main component of energy demand in UK dwellings and is often associated with thermal comfort. Our research investigates how buildings and their occupants use energy and how they interact with building systems in order to adjust their comfort, with research conducted in households, schools and care homes.
Research develops evidence to inform regeneration strategies for city planners and local authorities to create liveable spaces within cities, ensuring areas meet the needs of inhabitants on a micro and macro scale.