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PhD Studentship: Holistic Building Renovation Algorithms for Accelerating the Agenda Towards Net Zero Carbon Building - Reference: SAM21/11

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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About the Project

Both the UK and EU have set up ambitious carbon neutral target to achieve zero carbon emission by 2050. The building sector can play a significant role to accelerate this agenda. The built environment has long being cited as the largest energy

consumer, accounting for 40% of the final energy demand globally. In EU and the

UK, around 80 to 85% of the existing buildings will still be in use till 2050.

However, the current building retrofit rate is too low (i.e. about 1.2% per

year) to achieve the carbon neutral target. This project will base on the

continuous works from an EU funded project RezBuild

(, and apply multi-optimisation methods to develop

a series of novel simulation algorithms for holistic building retrofit at both single building and building clusters level. By working on this project will ensure you acquire substantial knowledge in building energy modelling using multi-criteria analysis methods. You will also have the chance to get connected to a range of active industrial players with specialities in building renovation and sustainable building technologies both in the UK and EU, thereby paving way for your future career development.

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.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Building Engineering, Energy or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be highly valued: 1) computer programming experiences using following software: C+, Fortran, Phyton, etc ; 2) building energy modelling experiences using EnergyPlus, IES VE, etc.  

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering / Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering’.  Please quote reference number: SAM21/11.

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘SAM21’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a minimum tax-free stipend of £15,285 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK rate (minimum £4,407). Exact values are still to be confirmed. International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee only and no stipend will be available.

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