Our stick and beam approach to building design is very different from the way nature and other industries develop forms to provide functional needs. As a result, our buildings are generally over designed and difficult to adapt to changing environments.
This resea...Go to Project
Climate change and urban development are increasing the risk of both flooding and water scarcity in cities in the UK and globally.
Rainwater harvesting can contribute to mitigating both of these risks. As p...Go to Project
Many countries have potentially active volcanoes and volcanic centres and population increases mean that now people are living closer to volcanic centres, which increases their exposure to volcanic...Go to Project
It is widely recognised by city authorities, urban planners and utilities operators alike that infrastructure networks, as the primary mediators of urban resource flows, have critical roles to fulfil in enabling long-term transitions towards increasingly circular metabolisms of cities. Collaboration across traditional boundaries of the energy, water, waste and transportation sectors comprises one emergent ...Go to Project
Sustainable use of water resources is a key challenge facing modern cities, made more difficult by the uncertainties of climate change. Meeting growing demand for water whilst maintaining the health of aquatic ecosystems has been a core problem and focus for environmental policy makers and water managers in recent decades.
Changing precipitation patterns may result in increasing average annual rainfall for some cities and decreasing rainfall for others. Rainfall events are also likely...Go to Project
Whether to “refurbish or replace” is a much-discussed topic in the area of sustainable buildings, and sustainable communities. There are always trade-offs to be considered when taking such decisions, and it is the acknowledged place of engineers and consultants to advise on those trade-offs.
However consul...Go to Project
Water is an essential commodity, and clean useable water is a basic need and requirement. However, this resource is furt...Go to Project
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The building sector in the UK consumes about 50% of the total energy demand in the UK [www.dclg.gov.uk]. The urban heat island effect in London accounts for a rise in temperatures of up to 6C in central London and the changing climate is predicted to raise summer temperatures even higher in the centre of large cities [ww... Go to Project
Since the earthquake in January 2010, 200,000 people in Haiti have been affected by cholera. In Pakistan, as a result of the flooding in July 2010, the World Health Organization reported that 10 million people were forced to d...Go to Project
My research seeks at investigating the shear behaviour of precast twin wall panels developed by my industrial sponsor Laing O’Rourke (LOR). The LOR twin wall system is in fact a variation of the ‘precast sandwich panel’ which have been in use for more than 40 years in North America. The sandwich wall, as the name implies, comprises two precast concrete outer layers connected by shear connectors with an i...Go to Project