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UCL EngD in Creative Reuse: Visualisation of Life Cycle Carbon Calculations for New and Existing Commercial Buildings

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Project Description

Applications are invited for an EPSRC funded EngD studentship (4 years) to research Creative Reuse: Visualisation of Life Cycle Carbon Calculations for New and Existing Commercial Buildings This work will draw together the link between energy modelling in buildings and validating modelling techniques and outputs based on real world data.

Aims and objectives:

• To identify the most effective ways of visual communication of life carbon calculations for new and existing commercial buildings to both lay audience (clients and planning authorities) and building designers (architects and engineers)
• To develop a user friendly, scientifically robust suite of computational tools which would enable professionals to visually evaluate the broader benefits of life cycle extension over replacement of existing building elements by assessing a range of factors from embodied carbon to energy performance, to the more qualitative parts of design. Rapid, accessible and visual feedback that demonstrates the impacts of discrete design changes is of paramount importance for the successful implementation of these tools in architectural practices. A key mechanism for achieve this will be the successful integration of parametric modeling protocols.
• To develop a building performance visualisation toolkit which is sufficiently flexible and simple that it can be applied to generate and communicate recommendations for specific projects in respect of a range of broad sustainable questions. For example, the case for refurbishment or new build and the optimum balance of embodied carbon and operational carbon.

Funding Notes

The studentship will cover tuition fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend (£18,000/annum for EngD). You must be either a British passport holder or an EU passport holder with 3 years residency in the UK.

To apply, please write to Dr Dejan Mumovic at the address below with a covering letter (1 A4 page) and a full CV (including contact details for at least two academic referees plus marks/grades achieved on current courses). The covering letter should outline your interest in researching the suggested topics, and a clear statement of your eligibility for this ESPRC funded award.

References

Any inquiries or further information about the studentship should be emailed to Dr Dejan Mumovic on d.mumovic@ucl.ac.uk.

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