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Climate-resilient architectural and building design: learning from the past


School of the Built Environment

Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Our climate is changing, and extreme events are becoming more frequent. For example, the UK Climate Projections found that in the UK we will see hotter drier summers and wetter windier winters, and heatwave days in the UK become more frequent and last longer. Climate change and climate extremes pose direct and indirect risks to our building stocks and occupants including overheating, flooding, drought, air pollution, energy demand (heating and cooling) and energy poverty. How we should design our buildings to be more resilient to the future climate? One possible solution is to learn from the past when the climate-responsive design strategies were well incorporated into the architectural and building design, but gradually replaced by ‘modern’ mechanically controlled system such as air conditionings.

This project will study what are the effective climate-resilient design solutions in various climates in the world by learning from the traditional vernacular design knowledge, and explore how they could still work in the future climate. The project will be shaped to cater for the student’s original background with local climate and vernacular architectural design. Both numerical modelling (hygrothermal simulation at both building and urban scales) and field measurement will be conducted. Applicants are expected to have a very good bachelor’s or master’s degree in the subjects of architectural engineering, building physics, building service engineering, environmental engineering or related subject. Previous experience on building environmental modelling especially hygrothermal modelling is especially welcome. The PhD student will be supervised by a great interdisciplinary supervision committee, comprised of leading experts in the areas of building/urban environmental design, climate and meteorology at the University of Reading.

Funding Notes

First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject

References

https://www.reading.ac.uk/CME/about/staff/z-luo.aspx

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