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Developing a methodology to measure and optimise the impacts of climate change on urban building environment (|OP2261)

   Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

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

Newcastle United Kingdom Built Environment Climate Science Energy Technologies Human Geography Mathematical Modelling Physical Geography Urban Planning

About the Project

Following the Government heating and energy target guidelines to improved building performance it is important to consider building design and human activities when examining the impact of changing microclimate due to climate change. The urban microclimate impacts on urban building environment issues such as energy consumption, thermal comfort and air quality of occupants and their activities. Current concern over building and system design and urban infrastructure under future climate and microclimate change will place increasing requirements for improved accuracy and simulation of microclimate. This research will assess building performance and the improved design of new urban construction and infrastructure to minimise these impacts. This is particularly important in the design of sustainable buildings where lower HVAC systems are utilised and where there is an increasing need of passive design and low carbon systems to simultaneously minimise energy consumption whilst maximising thermal comfort. There is an increasing need of localised and explicit uncertainty weather files to provide the boundary conditions for energy, passive design, environmental analysis to establish the interaction between the urban microclimate and building infrastructure in future sustainable design. An additional complication and uncertainty arises from the fact that the urban microclimate is highly variable in both space and time and is dependent on location and situation regarding the building's position, facade, the material within a complex urban landscape.

This project aims to develop a novel mathematical model to measure and evaluate the urban microclimate interactions under climate change, future urban built environment and human activities. This will provide assessment and decision-making tools to inform urban layout, building design, simulation and sustainable energy system options for both new and existing urban buildings and infrastructure. This will be achieved under a range of different climate scenarios and in different climate regimes to meet the challenge of future heating energy technology by 2050 over the impacts of climate change.

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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