It has announced funding for five PhDs in Loughborough’s School of Civil & Building Engineering. This marks the first stage in a programme of collaborative research between BRE and the university which aims to advance built environment knowledge.
The research covers three core strands:
- high-performing buildings, including building information modelling and design, energy demand reduction, ventilation, thermal and daylight simulation, monitoring and post-occupancy evaluation
- sustainable construction, including sustainability management, assessment and informatics, responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, sustainable procurement and supply chains, waste minimisation and resource efficiency
- resilient buildings and communities, including disasterrisk reduction, community resilience, flooding research, condition monitoring and assessment of buildings and civil infrastructure.
Professor Jacqui Glass, professor of architecture and construction at Loughborough University said “We are delighted to be collaborating with BRE in these important areas. Support from the BRE Trust enables the researchers to leverage BRE’s wealth of experience and achieve wide reaching impact via BRE’s standards such as BREEAM. This significant support from BRE Trust builds upon our Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Building Design status, and will extend the internationally leading research undertaken in our School in this area.”
Dr Deborah Pullen, BRE group research director, added: “Working with Loughborough allows us to build on our own research capabilities through alignment with the extensive work being carried out at the university. Loughborough is one of the foremost universities with regards to built environment research and working together enables us to significantly advance knowledge and innovation in these core areas.”
Applications for the studentships are open until 22nd May.