Education for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment
The Newton BC-SDBE programme aims to deliver a balanced programme to develop academic and research staff’s environmental, socio-economic and technical knowledge and skills. Through this programme the newton project will improve the partner institutions capacity to deliver informed, independent and sustainability switched on students in the built environment sector.
The research conducted though the BC-SDBE project aims to investigate the current skills-needs gap of students studying built environment degrees at present in Egypt. The research investigates the key barriers and opportunities surrounding the integration of sustainability throughout Egypt’s educational sector. The stakeholder workshops allow for common themes and issues in education surrounding the built environment to be identified. Ultimately the educational research through the programme will be combined with literature to develop a suggested strategic framework which could facilitate this integration of sustainability into all areas of built environment education.
Research in Building Performance Evaluation and potential retrofit strategies
Building performance evaluation research has been undertaken by the project team on a few case studies of social housing properties, and an office building in London so far. Both partner institutions (UEL and ASU) have decided to collaboratively research building performance using case studies of the social housing in Egypt; tower blocks in Al Asmarat’s Neighbourhood, and residential tower blocks in Cairo’s New Administative Capital. The aim is to identify the most sustainable housing prototype that would deliver on low carbon and thermally comfortable buildings by investigating the performance of existing buildings and optimising the new-built building design. The research methodologies and results of those case studies (domestic and office buildings) provide a learning platform that has been integrated in the training sessions and workshops.
Newham Council retrofit project – collaborative research project with University of East London
A research project investigating Building performance and Occupant behaviours is being conducted in partnership with the London Borough of Newham. Case study properties have been monitored over a period of months, for physical issues such as damp, mould and condensation as reported by the current occupants. Monitoring assessed the energy performance, occupants’ thermal comfort, and their energy consumption behaviour. Building simulation modelling and a questionnaire-based survey have been undertaken to provide in-depth understanding of the building energy performance and investigate potential retrofit strategies. Research data then allowed multiple retrofit strategies to be comparatively assessed. The outcome for the project will be a comprehensive diagnosis of reasons for issues identified and tailored recommendations for the council to implement efficient energy retrofit solutions across the borough. With a further aim to adapt the methodology to suit building assessment within the Egyptian context.
Research project on Building Performance and the Occupants’ Thermal Comfort of the Business and Innovation Centre (Knowledge Dock) at the University of East London
A research study on building performance and occupants’ thermal comfort of an office building has started in July 2017 and is planned to continue for one year to assess the building performance. The case study is the Knowledge Dock building at the University of East London where the study focuses on two problematic areas: the ground floor entrance area, and the Business and Innovation Centre office units. The occupants of these areas reported their dissatisfaction with the indoor thermal conditions in the summer and the winter seasons. In order to evaluate the building performance and improve the energy efficiency of the building and thermal comfort of the occupants, the indoor air temperature and the relative humidity levels of these spaces have been monitored since July 2017 for one year. Thermal modelling and simulation of the building has also been undertaken to identify the best possible solutions for energy efficient retrofit of the building and in order to provide better work environments based on the occupants’ thermal satisfaction.