Adaptive design of the UK dwellings to reduce summertime overheating

   School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project



The traditional UK dwellings are generally designed with small area of façade openings and building facades with lower U-values to reduce heat losses in winter. Such designs are important for retaining heat within building space in cold and temperate climatic zone. In recent years, the evidence of climate change can be seen in the UK, through an increasing number of cases where there is a build-up of heat within buildings. This has become a significant issue given the air tightness design of the UK dwellings, which enables the heat to be retained. Compared with non-domestic buildings, the UK dwellings also have no mechanical ventilation system, which increase the possibility of overheating within them. With more European countries are frequently subjected to unusual heat waves, researchers realise there is a need for assessing overheating risk in domestic dwellings.

Aim and scope of work

This PhD project will explore the potential use of novel design concepts and technologies for supporting adaptive design for the UK dwellings, as opposed to the existing traditional methods of design. The project will develop and evaluate the performance of technologies, building materials and/ or building designs, which can be effectively adapted to the domestic building stock to reduce the risk of overheating in the UK summertime. The performance of these designs/ building materials/ technologies will be investigated using computational program with historical and forecasted future weather data and validated experimentally.


The successful applicant will be from building physics or engineering background with energy modelling experience holding the minimum of a first degree (2:1 or above). Good understanding and prior experience on experimental work and statistical skills will be an advantage. 

Candidates are requested to submit a more detailed research proposal (of a maximum of 2000 words) on the project area as part of their application.

How to Apply

This project is available as a 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time PhD study programme. 

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. 

Please note that emails to the supervisory team or enquires submitted via this project advert do not constitute formal applications; applicants should apply using our Application Process page, choosing Civil Engineering and their preferred intake date.  

Please send any other enquires regarding your application to:

Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

Applicants are expected to find external funding sources to cover the tuition fees and living expenses. Alumni and International students new to GCU who are self-funding are eligible for fee discounts.
See more on fees and funding. View Website


For further information, please contact:
Director of Studies
Name: Dr Ing Liang Wong
GCU Research Online URL:
2nd Supervisor
Name: Prof Agnieszka J Klemm
GCU Research Online URL:

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