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Improving Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in the Built Environment by leveraging advanced IEQ monitoring systems, simulation and integrated controls

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    Dr M Eftekhari
    Mr B Young
  • Application Deadline
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Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: ABCE19/ME2
Start date of studentship: by 1 April 2020
Closing date of advert: 21 January 2020
Interview date: tbc

Primary supervisor: Dr Mahroo Eftekhari
Secondary supervisor: Dr Vanda Dimitriou

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering aims to be the world’s leading integrated centre for built environment research and education, attending to the entire lifecycle of both buildings and infrastructure through our research, teaching and enterprise programmes.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the School was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. The School boasts world class facilities, with £1.4m recently invested in its 3,000m2 laboratory and one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK.

Find out more: www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/abce/research/

Full Project Detail

The UK’s target of net zero energy buildings by 2050 bring in the need to optimize existing buildings for energy efficiency and thermal comfort. The desired temperatures can be set to provide comfortable thermal environment but there is deficit in the monitoring and control of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of the building. Energy efficiency and zero energy building is one of the recent trends, but these energy efficient buildings does not guarantee better IEQ especially in existing non-domestic buildings.

The overall ‘high performance’ of a building not only depends on the energy efficiency but also on the IAQ and thermal comfort. The air quality is affected by various sources of indoor pollutants including the volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and particulate matter (PM). In order to provide an enhanced indoor environment with better IEQ an optimal solution is required.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants having a background in subjects relating to computing or engineering are particularly welcomed. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience is an advantage.

Contact details

For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Dr Mahroo Eftekhari
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222606

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222611

How to apply

Applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/ and must include an outline research proposal: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/create-research-proposal/

Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering (Built Environment).

Please quote reference number: ABCE19/ME2

Funding Notes

The three-year studentship is intended to start 1 April 2020 and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,000 a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees. This studentship is open to UK, EU and international applicants.

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