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Reference Number EP/G037787/1
Title Industrial Doctorate Centre: Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 20%;
Energy Efficiency(Other) 15%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 15%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 15%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 15%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Hydropower, Small hydropower (less than 10 MW)) 5%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 15%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 60%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 15%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 5%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 5%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 15%;
Principal Investigator Dr L Shao
No email address given
Construction Management and Engineering
University of Reading
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2009
End Date 31 March 2018
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £5,976,466
Industrial Sectors Construction; Environment
Region South East
Programme Energy : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr L Shao , Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , BSRIA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Building Research Establishment (BRE) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Atkins (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Faber Maunsel (0.000%)
Project Contact , Monodraught Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Max Fordham LLP (0.000%)
Project Contact , Semplice Energy Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , TV Energy Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Halcrow Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Balfour Beatty Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Central Data Control Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dytecna Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Construction (0.000%)
Project Contact , Motorola (0.000%)
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Abstract Research into the development and application of sustainable construction, renewable energy applications and energy management technologies, including their economic and social impacts, is the main thrust of the Centre. Attention will also extend to the way in which the adoption and use of such technologies can be enhanced through procurement and other policy levers. In particular, research in the Centre will be focused on the following two complementary themes:1. Sustainable building and services systems:The emphasis of this theme is on developing new concepts in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of sustainable building and through-life service systems. The impact of climate change and the modelling of the local environment and its interaction with the built environment as well as sustainable procurement and the diffusion of innovative sustainable technologies will also be included. The aim is to achieve lower carbon emission in the construction and operation ofbuildings and their environmental control systems.2. Energy management in buildings and infrastructure systems:This theme concerns the integration of low- to zero-carbon energy generation systems in buildings and infrastructure systems, demand management technologies (e.g. smart meters, consumption feedback devices, utility load management), and building energy management technologies. The theme addresses the systems integration of sources of supply, demand and storage within a geographicallydefined area to achieve local area supply-demand matching. The emphasis will be on analysis, integration and management of existing energy technologies at the site scale and the factors governing their adoption within the construction industry.These activities will be delivered with the supporting research areas below:- Climate, climate change and the built environment- Sustainable materials and structures- Innovation, design and sustainable technologies- Informatics for sustainable technologiesA key aspect of this proposal is that the EngD training programme should be sufficiently flexible to cater for the varying needs of the Research Engineers (REs) who will be based in industry, but employed by the University. In addition to the research programme, candidates will undertake a mixture of core and elective modules, some of which are currently offered in the University for PhD research students and existing MSc programmes. The taught programme will be an integral part of the EngDprogramme and supports the research that the REs will be carrying out at the sponsoring companies. The taught programme is planned to fulfil the following objectives:- Provide up-to-date knowledge of the relationship between engineering research, innovative technologies, and sustainability with emphasis on application to the built environment and energy management.- Deliver professional development in management and business skills that are necessary for dealing with constantly changing legislative environment particularly in relation to energy utilisation.- Fill any knowledge gaps that may arise from the research project.The training will be carried out with the full collaboration of the companies sponsoring the research engineers. The participating companies are also expected to contribute to an enhanced stipend to attract the best talent. The Research Engineers will be registered full-time on the EngD degree course
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