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Adaptive buildings design to counteract impact of climate change on indoor air quality (OP2206)

   Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

   Monday, January 24, 2022  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Newcastle United Kingdom Architecture Built Environment Climate Science Data Analysis Environmental Health Mathematical Modelling Architecture, Building & Planning Pollution Statistics Urban Planning

About the Project

There are many direct and indirect consequences of climate change and extreme weather that significantly affect indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy use in buildings. Colder and wetter winters increase heating requirements while hotter summers increase the need for cooling. Poor IAQ, dampness and mould in poorly maintained buildings have been linked to increased non-communicable respiratory diseases, resulting in environmental and health inequalities among deprived populations (Barnes et al., 2013; D’Amato et al., 2015; De Sario et al., 2013).  Designing of new homes is focussed on increased air tightness, which is likely to exacerbate IAQ. With the increasing frequency of occurrence of extreme weather events, a further degradation of IAQ is anticipated. There have been very limited efforts focusing on understanding how the built environment affects indoor air quality and public health, particularly in deprived areas.

This study will simultaneously monitor indoor and outdoor AQ and environmental parameters in three housing typologies: detached, semi-detached, and apartments; segmented into poorly designed and newly designed homes under different climate conditions. Effect of ventilation and indoor activities/sources on AQ will be investigated. Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) have agreed to provide access to social housing and private renting in houses. working with YHN, we aim to develop adaptive building designs for a range of climate change scenarios in the North East. This investigation will use a novel mixed-method design following a path dependency approach, borrowing and developing on methodologies from epidemiology and environmental engineering sciences and applying it to the built environment discipline. Training and support will additionally include the use of relevant indoor and outdoor AQ monitoring equipment, data analytics including advanced statistical techniques, and AQ modelling techniques to investigate the complex relationship between climate change, IAQ, built environment and health.

Funding Notes

This project is part of the NERC ONE Planet DTP. Each of our studentship awards include 3.5 years of fees (Home/EU), an annual living allowance (£15,650) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, etc).
Home and International applicants (inc. EU) are welcome to apply. Following the UKRI announcement regarding their new 30% UKRI international recruitment policy (to take effect from September 2021) both Newcastle University, and Northumbria University, have agreed to pay the international fee difference for all International applicants (inc. EU) who are awarded a DTP studentship. Interviews will take place in February 2022.
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