Fully-funded four-year PhD studentship at Loughborough University: Ultra-low energy buildings

Project Title

Ultra-low energy buildings


Prof. Kevin Lomas

Project Description

For the UK to meet its target of being zero-carbon by 2050, there must be a step-change in the efficiency of new non-domestic buildings.

Loughborough University is developing new offices for its Sports Park that will meet the Passivhaus standard. With a heat pump and full fresh air ventilation, the building has the potential to be post-covid healthy and near zero-carbon. But how readily is this potential realised in practice?


This project will capitalise on this unique opportunity to study a landmark building. The design and construction will be observed and assessed, and the in-use performance evaluated. Extensive monitoring will enable the energy demands and internal environment to be quantified and optimized.


The work will provide guidance on the required specification and design of new, UK non-domestic buildings to achieve near zero-carbon performance.


The project will require a keen interest in monitoring and data analysis, and perhaps building energy modelling.