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ONEPlanet DTP - Adaptive buildings design to counteract impact of climate change on indoor air quality (OP2148)

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

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About the Project

There are many direct and indirect consequences of climate change and extreme weather that significantly affect indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy use in buildings. Colder and wetter winters increase heating requirements while hotter summers increase the need for cooling. Poor IAQ, dampness and mould in poorly maintained buildings have been linked to increased non-communicable respiratory diseases, resulting in environmental and health inequalities among deprived populations (Barnes et al., 2013; D’Amato et al., 2015; De Sario et al., 2013). With the increasing frequency of occurrence of extreme weather events, a further degradation of IAQ is anticipated. There have been very limited efforts focusing on understanding how the built environment affects indoor air quality and public health, particularly in deprived areas.
This study will simultaneously monitor indoor and outdoor AQ and environmental parameters in three housing typologies: detached, semi-detached, and apartments; segmented into poorly designed and newly designed homes under different climate conditions. Effect of ventilation and indoor activities/sources on AQ will be investigated. Your Homes Newcastle have agreed to provide access to social housing and private renting in houses using the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) calculated for Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs). BuroHappold expertise in Smart Homes will help in developing adaptive building designs for a range of climate change scenarios in the North East. This investigation will use a novel mixed-method design following a path dependency approach, borrowing and developing on methodologies from epidemiology and environmental engineering sciences and applying it to the built environment discipline. Training and support will additionally include the use of relevant indoor and outdoor AQ monitoring equipment, data analytics including advanced statistical techniques, and AQ modelling techniques to investigate the complex relationship between climate change, IAQ, built environment and health.

Funding Notes

Each of our studentship awards include 3.5 years of fees (Home/EU), an annual living allowance (£15,285) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, as required).

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