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Centre for Civil and Building Services Engineering


Innovative, interdisciplinary and industry driven research seeking to minimise the environmental impact and maximise the benefits associated with the built environment

Leader: Professor Andy Ford, Professor of Building Systems and Director of Enterprise and Innovation, School of The Built Environment and Architecture

The built environment is set to change on a scale not seen for generations. The UK government’s industrial strategy will affect the workforce across nearly every sector of the building industry.  The urgency of climate change is simultaneously driving significant and far-reaching innovation.  Challenges facing the built environment are by nature interdisciplinary but built on engineering.

Our Centre’s research focuses on minimising the environmental impact and carbon emissions associated with the built environment through development of improved technologies and practice, as well as developing the industry’s skills and providing pathways between fundamental research, applied research, knowledge transfer and enterprise.

The flagship projects of our members include the £4 million, InnovateUK backed, Balanced Energy Network (BEN) project

Our Centre builds on LSBU’s long-standing professional reputation in the construction and property industry, as well as applied engineering research. We also form a unique nexus of innovation-driven expertise and our members’ existing industrial connections, which coalesces to transform leading edge research into real world impact. Our leader, Prof. Ford, is a past president of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

We aim to integrate all key thematic areas within the built environment to yield an interdisciplinary research network based on the following strengths: Urban Design and Engineering; Building Physics; Heat Networks; Heat Transfer, Waste, Heat Recovery and Thermal Storage; Cooling; Low Carbon Technologies and Heat Pumps; Lighting and Acoustics; Energy and Power Systems; Thermal Comfort; Energy Conversion and Energy management; Building Performance; Highways & Transportation Infrastructure Engineering; Geotechnics; Ground Physics and Unsaturated Soils; Ground Improvement; Data Management; Advanced Materials; Water & Environmental Engineering; Hydrodynamics and Construction.

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