|Title||Ultra-low energy buildings|
|Supervisor||Prof Kevin Lomas|
|Closing||29 August 2021|
|Funding||Funded PhD Project (UK/EU Students Only)|
|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.
|Entry Requirements||Applications are invited from graduates with a good bachelor’s degree (1st or 2:1) and/or a master’s degree in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.|
|Funding Notes||If you are an eligible UK or EU applicant, you will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend at Loughborough University will be at least £15,609 (exact amount to be confirmed). During this round of advertising we are only accepting applications from those who meet the eligibility criteria for a full EPSRC award. The limited relaxation of student eligibility requirements is no longer available for 2021/22.|
|How to Apply||Submit your application, including an outline research proposal, through the application portal here by 23:59 on 29 August 2021. When prompted, select the programme ‘Energy Resilience and the Built Environment’ and the study centre ‘EPSRC CDT Energy Resilience in the Built Environment’, and quote advert reference ‘ERBE21’. Mention the Project Title in your application. For help see here. Informal enquiries to Civ.Eng.Pgr@lboro.ac.uk.|