About ERBE

What is the Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE) CDT?​

The energy system is undergoing a major transition. Low carbon energy sources have an increasing role to play and accommodating them requires a new flexible and resilient energy system. The ERBE CDT will train the people who will lead this revolution.

The interactions between buildings, people and the energy they need will transform the relationship between supply and demand. Our domestic and non-domestic buildings will no longer be passive consumers of heat and power; instead, our homes and businesses will participate actively in an integrated, low-carbon supply and demand system. New technologies, smart controls and innovative business models will emerge that enable the buying, selling and storing of heat and power.

Energy security, and the future zero-carbon economy require an absolute reduction in demand. Our built environment will be transformed by the construction of new, ultra-low energy buildings and new ways of working, together with clean affordable energy will power our homes and transport systems.

Improving the health, well-being and comfort of our citizens, whilst achieving the energy transformation is essential. Productive workspaces and affordable, clean, safe homes ensure social equality and a vibrant economy.  

The ERBE CDT will help realise this vision. It brings together world-leading academics from physics, engineering, the social sciences and economics to train our future leaders. It will provide them with a deep understanding of buildings, low and zero carbon technologies and the socio-technical context. The ERBE graduates will lead, and drive change in government, industry, NGOs and academia.

The Centre builds on a decade of high-quality doctoral training to provide a new, bespoke PhD programme, which includes opportunities to work with leading researchers, projects integrated with industry, and a comprehensive skills and development programme.

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Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The ERBE Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Plan has been developed to help students from all backgrounds feel included in ERBE and to help develop them as EDI ambassadors for the rest of their careers.

The four primary means of doing this will be:

1. To encourage equality, diversity and inclusivity in energy and buildings research
2. To foster a positive and inclusive working environment free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation in all aspects of the ERBE CDT’s operation.
3. To provide access to ED&I training for students and staff which will help them beyond their time in the centre
4. To collect and report an appropriate level of data to inform discussion & future actions.

The meaning of ‘diversity’ can sometimes be unclear in EDI contexts. In ERBE, there are certain groups we wish to increase representation of in the energy and buildings sector (beyond ERBE). As a starting point, we have focused on gender, as under-representation of women in the sector is evidenced by published research. Another group which appears to be under-represented in our experience is BAME; therefore the Plan also includes some actions relating to increasing racial diversity.

Implementation of this EDI Plan will be through our ED&I Strategy and through the ongoing use of our ED&I Implementation Checklist.

Our entire ED&I Strategy can be found at the link below. 

This is a living document and will evolve and develop throughout the life of the ERBE CDT. 

EDI Document October 2020