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ONE Planet DTP - Developing a methodology to measure and optimise the impacts of climate change on urban building environment (Ref: OP20283)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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 would suit a candidate with a broad background or some general skills in built environment, building services, environmental sustainability and physical geography science.Data Handling and Programming experience would be highly desirable.

This project is part of the ONE Planet DTP. Find out more here: View Website

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