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Reducing the Energy Demand of UK Housing: Fully-funded four-year studentship

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  • Full or part time
    Dr D Allinson
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Reducing the energy demand of the UKs existing housing stock is an essential step in achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets and alleviating fuel poverty. The highest levels of heat loss occur in the c30% (8 million) homes that have solid masonry walls (SMWs). Insulating these walls can save energy but may cause moisture problems. Water accumulates within SMWs when it is raining outside or humid inside and diminishes with drier conditions. This water can pass from one face of the wall to the other as there is no cavity to act as a capillary break. This moisture can lead to mould growth, interstitial condensation and freeze thaw damage, which can cause severe damage and affect the health of occupants.

This PhD will produce new methods and metrics, backed by rigorous scientific evidence, that enable moisture risk assessment of SMWs to be carried out routinely, new insulation materials to be developed and more homes to be insulated. The research will use our state-of-the-art Hygrothermal Test Facility, our full-sized test house and the latest modelling software.

The successful applicant will join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment at Loughborough. http://erbecdt.ac.uk/

Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from graduates with a good bachelor’s degree (1st or 2:1) and/or a master’s degree in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.

How to apply

Please click here to apply: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/

This document will help you though the application process: Guide to applications through the Loughborough University portal: http://erbecdt.ac.uk/ERBE%20Online%20Application%20Crib%20Sheet_LU.pdf

In your application quote reference: ERBE19. Mention the Project Title in your application.

Funding Notes

If you are an eligible UK or EU applicant, you will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend at Loughborough University will be approx. £17,009 (exact amount to be confirmed).

We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.



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