Two recent research programmes based in OISD and funded through the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) have been rated as ‘tending towards outstanding’ by independent reviewers and the EPSRC panel.
Professor Fergus Nicol’s work with Dr Hom Rijal and Rev Professor Michael Humphreys (all based in OISD: Architecture) on ‘Predicting the effect of occupant behaviour on thermal comfort and energy use in buildings’ used user surveys to build a model of the use of simple controls such as windows and fans in naturally ventilated buildings. The model of occupant behaviour fed in to dynamic simulation techniques. In a practical sense the project has given building designers and other end users a method for predicting the future risk of discomfort and energy use in occupied naturally ventilated buildings accounting realistically for occupant behaviour. The work was conducted in partnership with Professor Joe Clarke and Dr Paul Tuohy of the University of Strathclyde. Here is a recent paper presented in Kyoto, and partly based on this research (PDF).
The work of the EPSRC SUBR:IM consortium which featured Professor Tim Dixon’s (OISD: ILM) research on the ‘Role of the Development Industry in Brownfield Development’ also received a high rating. Finding Solutions to the problems of developing brownfield land was the goal of SUBR:IM (Sustainable Urban Brownfield Regeneration: Integrated Management), which ran from July 2003 until July 2007. Funded by EPSRC under its Sustainable Urban Environments initiative and the Environment Agency, it drew together ten major academic and research institutions in a programme designed to improve the quality of urban environments. The Consortium aimed to develop technical solutions and tools for restoring brownfield land in urban areas, whilst at the same time increasing the knowledge base of all stakeholders involved in such development. This included investors, developers, planning bodies and local authorities, but also the general public and engineers who work with such problems. For further information click here.
Professor Tim Dixon, Director of OISD, said:
‘We are delighted to receive these ratings for our EPSRC work, which are testimony to the excellent track record of quality outputs in our EPSRC-funded work. Fergus Nichol’s work is internationally recognised and the work of SUBR:IM has influenced policy at a national level. We intend to build on these successes with other well-focused proposals and bids to EPSRC’
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