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Reference Number ES/V011596/1
Title Thermal Stress Vulnerability and Resilience: Housing Stock Transformation fit for an Ageing Society in Future Climate
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY (Residential and commercial) 90%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH (Environmental, social and economic impacts) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 30%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 20%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 20%;
Principal Investigator Dr C Yi

Architectural Studies
University of Sheffield
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 October 2020
End Date 30 September 2021
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £91,455
Industrial Sectors
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Skills & Methods - Fellowships
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr C Yi , Architectural Studies, University of Sheffield (100.000%)
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Objectives The aim of this fellowship is to consolidate my PhD research by establishing my publication track record, expanding my academic and practice networks, and developing my research and user engagement skills. Achieving this aim will supported by fulfilling the following three objectives:-To develop and write journal articles for submission to high-impact, high-quality, peer-reviewed journals (60%)-Collaborative engagement activities for policy and practice impact (25%)-To carry out new research and undergo training and personal skill development (15%)1. Academic impacti) To prepare and submit three journal articlesFollowing two completed publications on high impact factor journals during my PhD study, I will further improve my publication track record through submitting at least three journal publications to the discipline of building energy and building environment. Planned publications are: (1) 'Mapping climate change impacts on indoor thermal stress of urban dwellings' in Building and Environment (by Dec 2020); (2) 'Are existing thermal comfort standards applicable to the elderly?' in Energy and Buildings (by May 2021); (3) 'Quantifying climate change impacts on the thermal stress of care home residents in Northern England' in Sustainable Cities and Society (by Sep 2021).ii) To attend three conferencesI will also present my research at three major local and international conferences to broad academic audiences of built environments in the UK and overseas, prioritising those which also allow me to expand my academic and practice networks. Planned attending conferences: (1) uSIM 2020, Building to Buildings - Urban and Community Energy Modelling (Edinburgh, November 2020); (2) 15th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (Istanbul, July 2021); (3) 15th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (Prague, Sep 2021).2. Collaborative Engagement for Policy and Practice impactThe fellowship also aims to achieve impact on policy and practice through collaborative engagement with two sources of stakeholders and users:-To participate in the 'Live Projects' programme, Sheffield School of Architecture, delivering a workshop on the 'Live Well Social Housing Stock Modelling' in conjunction with South Yorkshire Housing Association, October-November 2020.-To participate in the events organised by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) Consortium, presenting my work on housing stock climate-energy modelling and indoor thermal stress mapping of the care home stock in Sheffield City Region, 2021.My contribution to the knowledge exchange will focus on the methods of charting trajectories of housing stock transformation fit for the future. The stakeholder and user engagement activities will help build academic and non-academic networks in preparation for future grant proposal development.3. New researchI will carry out a survey of heating practice withup to 5 care home operators in Sheffield City Region. This is necessary to further my investigation of quantifying climate change impacts on care home residents, which will be used as an input for a new care home heating energy modelling. This will help to develop a UK care home stock energy model for the purpose of deploying optimal passive or active design strategies adaptive to climate change.4. Training and personal skill developmentI will attend the 'writing journal articles and getting them published' and 'writing a successful grant application' training courses that are offered as part of the Think Ahead Programme at the University of Sheffield. I will also attend workshops provided by the Sheffield Methods Institute on the latest methods in social science research. Handling uncertainties of probabilistic data analysis delivered by the National Centre for Research Methods will also be attended for developing my personal skill of probabilistic and stochastic approaches to building energy model.
Abstract Facing changing climates and more extreme weather events, there is increasing concern about the likelihood of increasing cooling energy demands, leading to occupants' indoor thermal discomfort, heat-related illness and even mortality. This is particularly important to urban dwellers, considering the compounding effects of ageing population, intensified urban heat islands, and increased frequency of urban heatwave episodes. Over the past two decades, many studies have investigated regional climate change impacts on building energy demands. However, few studies have been carried out which quantify the potential location-specific impacts on urban dwellings' thermal stress. Also, fewer efforts have been made in the large-scale urban context to deploy passive design strategies, adaptive and resilient to climate change according to quantified local demands. This has potential impacts for decarbonising policy in response to climate change factors and in improving urban dwellings' liveability. Successful dwelling stock management will therefore be enhanced by improving understanding of where and how energy demands can be reduced to lower thermal stress vulnerability for city dwellers.As a social scientific piece of work, my completed doctoral research formed a well-integrated methodology of how an engineering approach to quantifying climate change impacts on urban dwellings can influence and inform practice impact, such as building adaptation design resilient to climate change. This included identification of where action is required to minimize potential thermal risk and what, where and how adaptation and mitigation strategies could be developed for specific urban neighbourhoods. A key finding from my PhD thesis was that all urban dwellings are exposed to the likelihood of outdoor and building indoor thermal stress, but importantly the level of the risk varied by neighbourhood depending on occupants related socio-economic and demographic factors. Thus, building adaptation design strategies must be developed location-specifically, according to the quantified potential risk level for each neighbourhood identified.It is now my aim to consolidate this research with a programme of work focused on dissemination, engagement, and impact. This will be achieved via written pieces for a range of specific audiences in the form of journal papers, drawing on different dimensions of the research. I will also present my research at three major local and international conferences to broaden the academic reach of my research. Furthermore, during the fellowship I will be working alongside groups of people in Sheffield City Region with specific interests and needs, such as social housing and the older people who are vulnerable to changing climates. I will undergo collaborative engagement activities to address 'what are the specific needs of their community' in terms of improving their indoor thermal liveability through deploying adaptive passive designstrategies resilient to climate change. These activities aim to build on my own relationship and networks with academia and housing policy and practice through utilising a well-known community platform (i.e. 'Live Projects' managed by Sheffield School of Architecture) and an existing multidisciplinary partnership between academia, housing policy and practice (i.e. the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence).
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