Sustainability database


Built Environment

Research into delivering a sustainable built environment is of great importance, particularly as the duel challenges of improving energy efficiency whilst at the same time increasing resilience to climate impacts rise up the agenda.

Research group



Dr Rodger Edwards

Research interests:

- Energy conservation

- Ventilation and Air Movement

- Condensation

- Building performance

- Zero emissions buildings

Academic Programme Development Officer for Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Good contact re: integration of sustainability into teaching and also practical built environment issues.

Energy efficiency, Energy, Sustainability, Ventilation, Buildings, Water, Weather, Design, Standards, Green infrastructure, Emissions, Teaching, Education


Mrs Anna Hiley

Anna's main research interests focus on the development of teaching and learning strategies to promote students' development of creative open-ended problem-solving skills and design abilities.

Buildings, Design, New build, Project management, Management, Education, Teaching, Innovation, Universities, Impact, Sustainability, Climate, Climate change


Prof Yong Wang

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Yong's main research interests are structural and fire engineering, steel and composite structures and fire protection materials and systems.

Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Fire, Thermal energy, Energy supply, Energy, Risk, Buildings, Materials, Impact


Dr Gregory Lane-Serff

Research interests: buildings: natural ventilation of buildings; Oceanography: straits, overflows, turbidity currents, hydrothermal plumes, marine outfalls; Paleoceanography: response of ocean flows to changes in sea-level and climate; Basic fluid dynamics: gravity currents, plumes, sediment, hydraulic control, rotation; Methods: laboratory and mathematical modelling, field observations and numerical models.

Buildings, Cities, Environment, Coasts, Climate change, Climate, Ventilation, Fluid dynamics, Water, Sustainability, Teaching, Education