Since 2015, BRE Trust funded 5 PhDs in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University. This was the first stage in a programme of collaborative research between BRE and the university which aims to advance built environment knowledge at a time of significant development in the UK and around the world.
The research covers three core strands that align with BRE Trust’s priorities and build on existing areas of strength within the university:
- High performing buildings: including building information modelling and design, energy demand reduction, ventilation, thermal and daylight simulation, monitoring and post-occupancy evaluation.
- Sustainable construction: including sustainability management, assessment and informatics, responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, sustainable procurement and supply chains, waste minimisation and resource efficiency.
- Resilient buildings and communities: including disaster risk reduction, community resilience, flooding research, condition monitoring and assessment of buildings and civil infrastructure.
Traceability in the construction supply chain
Embedding the idea of the circular economy into buildings
Repeatability in building modelling and design