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Learning From The Past Towards The Future: Evaluating The Design, Thermal Performance and Materials Characteristic of Heritage Buildings to Enhance Sustainable Developments

   School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment

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  Prof A Al-Habaibeh, Prof B Medjdoub  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

There are many lessons to be learnt from traditional heritage buildings on global level. Such lessons will help us to appreciate our global heritage and at the same time to transfer some of the knowledge in design and materials to our future buildings and urban developments. Over centuries, people have managed to design buildings to be sustainable in terms of heating and cooling requirements using clever design and sustainable materials utilised from the local environment. For example, in the Gulf, places such as Kuwait can experience temperatures of up to 52℃. Heritage buildings in the Gulf region were designed to maximise shading, reduce thermal gain of the sun radiation, regulate building temperature and enhance air circulation. The design features and materials of old buildings provide important lessons for future sustainable development. This project will focus on modelling and monitoring traditional buildings in hot regions to evaluate their thermal performance and temperature fluctuation; and understand how their material’s selection support this. The work will consist of developing 3D historical Information models (HIM). This is based on a three stages semi-automatic approach leading to the generation of a data rich historical information model to support a sustainable energy monitoring and materials design. Materials research and characterisation will be conducted and results assessed to evaluate energy performance and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).

Project Aim:

To develop a 3D historical information models (HIM) for heritage buildings to support the future reservation and sustainability of future buildings using the lessons learnt from the past.

Key research questions:

  1. What lessons can we learn from global heritage buildings to help in designing more sustainable buildings for the future via learning from the thermal performance and eco-friendly materials ?
  2. How technologies such as simulation, infrared thermography, 3D laser scanning and optical scanning can be integrated together with materials research to develop an effective historical Information models (HIM) to support future sustainability development?

Research Objectives

  • To use infrared thermography to investigate the temperature profile of buildings.
  • Installation of temperature and humidity sensors to monitor internal and external temperature over lengthy periods of time (summer and winter).
  • Study the materials used and construction techniques; and assess how they can be used in future buildings and modern urban environments.
  • 3D laser scanning of the building to develop 3D smart models.
  • Conduct simulation on the building’s models to evaluate energy performance.
  • Integration of the data in a 3D historical Information model (HIM).
  • Explore key parameters that influence the sustainability in terms of materials and design features.

Entry requirements

For the eligibility criteria, please visit NTU's how to apply page.

Fees and funding

This project is fully-funded by the Cultural Heritage Research Peaks Studentship Scheme.

How to apply

The application deadline is Friday 18 February 2022.

We are looking for motivated, engaged individuals to join our doctoral community. If you are interested in applying for one of the proposed Studentship projects, follow the apply button to access our application portal: please note, you will need to use the ‘NTU Doctoral Application 21/22’ form.

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Please note that only applications to the advertised projects will be accepted as part of this funding call; do not use your application to propose your own research project.

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Funding Notes

This project is fully-funded by the Cultural Heritage Research Peaks Studentship Scheme.

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