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New centre aims to design low-carbon buildings for the future

A new centre for doctoral training in decarbonisation of the built environment at the University of Bath was launched this week by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The CDT will receive funding of £3m from the University and industry partners, including BRE Trust, Arup Group, Expedition Engineering, Atkins Global and Lhoist.

The new CDT will be situated within the University’s Department for Architecture and Civil Engineering and housed in a new building, due to open in 2015.

It will see between 50 and 100 PhD students completing research into zero and low-carbon building technology.

The research themes covered will address some of the challenges facing the decarbonisation of the built environment including: materials and structures, building physics, construction management processes, control and digital systems, social science, resilience and climate change, architecture, policy, and economics.

The centre will help bridge the gap between academic research and an industrial and societal need.

The first intake of students will start in October 2014 with the programme led by professor David Coley who has a wealth of first-hand experience in combining low-energy building design with usability, designing developments that are fit for purpose well into the future.

Mr Coley leads the university’s energy and design of environments research group which is at the cutting edge of research in design sustainability, natural processes and renewable energy, and attracts international funding due to its strong reputation.

EPSRC’s chief executive, professor Philip Nelson, said: “I am pleased to welcome this new centre, which is focused on the very important challenge of helping society to reduce the vast amount of carbon we emit into atmosphere from our towns and cities.”

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