Centre for Civil and Building Services Engineering (CCiBSE)Engineering the built environment of the 21st century through innovative, interdisciplinary and practical research, based on world leading expertise
LSBU's Centre for Civil and Building Services Engineering Research (CCiBSE) is a truly integrated research centre within the School of Built Environment and Architecture. The centre draws on over 70 years of academic and applied research experience in Energy, Civil and Building Services Engineering and LSBU’s solid and long-standing professional reputation in the construction and property industry.
This unique nexus of expertise positions CCiBSE to provide sustainable solutions for the interdisciplinary challenges facing the built environment and to deliver positive impact on strategy, policy and practice within the Built Environment.
The centre is committed to developing research that could minimise the environmental impact and carbon emissions associated with the built environment, as well as developing the industry’s skills and providing pathways between fundamental research, applied research, knowledge transfer and enterprise.
CCiBSE has world leading expertise in Civil and Building services engineering. These disciplines have been brought together collaboratively and constructively with the aim of delivering for society on climate change and sustainability.
The research ethos of the centre are to:
- Bring cross sectorial research themes together to innovate distinctive and beneficial collaboration with industrial & other partners
- Develop research and engineering solutions that benefits Society and the Built Environment
- Disseminate and impact policy and practice
- Integrated Design in the Built Environment
- Building Physics, Comfort & Building Performance
- Advanced Building and Acoustics Materials
- Acoustics, Vibration and Noise Control
- Energy/Heat Recovery, Heat Networks and Thermal Storage
- Energy Management, Power Systems and Quality
- Energy Conversion Technologies - Heat Pumps and/or other novel Low-Carbon Technologies
- Data Management
- Computational Fluid Dynamics and Geomechanics
- Coastal and Ocean Engineering
- Fire Engineering
- Highways and Transportation Infrastructure Engineering
- Structural Mechanics and Analysis
- Waste Management and Circular Economy
- Water and Environmental Engineering
- Policy Implementation
We have had significant success in securing funding for a number of energy and applied research projects, and host a number of match-funded research projects and Green Tech A2I projects funded by the European Union.
Balanced Energy Network (BEN)
The Balanced Energy Network (BEN) is a £4 million project part-funded by Innovate UK. The BEN consortium brings together cross-sector supply chains to deliver integrated energy solutions at different scales to meet the energy systems challenges of achieving a low-carbon economy: secure, affordable, sustainable energy.
This project is the first investigative pilot study in the world that is delivering both physical and digital network knowledge to integrate systems that will enable the balancing of heating, cooling, electricity and carbon to minimise costs – and help combat global warming.
Home Energy 4 Tomorrow (HE4T)
The Home Energy 4 Tomorrow (HE4T) project is an academic and industry collaborative research project funded by innovate UK to develop a dual source heat pump (DSHP), capable of linking with both air and water heat sinks.
Project partner ICAX Ltd. has created a prototype proving the flexibility and efficiency benefits of a DSHP. This research project will take this starting point and develop a heat pump for mass application in both new build and retrofit markets. This solution will offer a more efficient pathway to the electrification of domestic heat. The development work will take place at the laboratories of London South Bank University.
An exciting strand of this project is the development of the potential for water utilities to play a role in accelerating the uptake of electrified heat. HE4T will be looking at how water systems can be connected to the DSHPs to boost efficiency – turning the water utilities into energy carriers. This work is supported by Thames Water and Anglian Water, as part of their ongoing energy innovation work.
- Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Institutional link with Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia on Developing Indonesian Coastal Areas as Sustainable Tourism.
- Short Course IOA certiﬁcate on competence
- Biomedical acoustics, Communication and Rooms (Special Interest Group of the UK Acoustic Network), UKAN, EPSRC funded by, since March 2018.
- Royal Opera House match-funded Scholarship.
- Royal Academy of Music to design solutions to improve the environment for musicians Match-funded PhD.
- Patent for Fire Cladding
- Endothermic Heat project
- Henry Wood Hall
Our centre house the best academic acoustic facilities in the South-East of England, including a full-size reverberant and anechoic chambers, as well as an exceptionally well equipped laboratory, featuring the very latest instrumentation and technology. Our anechoic chamber was featured by UNILAD.
Both chambers can be used for simulating idealised acoustic conditions for researching a number of noise phenomena: sound power determination, binaural recordings, measuring source directivity, the testing of hearing protectors and the demonstration of fundamental acoustic principles.
CEREB is unique resource supporting policy engagement, teaching, research and demonstration of low carbon energy technologies in the built environment.
The environmental chamber is a flexible Climate Simulator used for controlled testing and developing new techniques and systems. It allows us to construct full-scale and scaled environments to better understand climatic influence and be capable of controlling strict environmental conditions.
BIM is an approach to managing and planning every aspect of design and operation in the construction process in a better, more efficient way to improve the basis upon which the construction industry and its clients operate. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector.
The Strengths of Materials laboratory at London South Bank University offers state-of-the-art testing facilities, capable of performing product qualification testing and aiding knowledge development for structural assemblies and structural and mechanical components.
The apparatus available allow for testing of a wide range of components, including slabs, beams, floor joists, roof trusses, wall panels, floor system components, connection details, compression members and struts, both at room temperature and at temperatures up to 1200°C.
Our mechanical loading rigs can test up to 100 kN, 250 kN and 500 kN, respectively, and are adaptable to accommodate a wide range of structural systems in tension, compression, bending and shear. We have previously conducted product qualification and knowledge development testing for modular construction contractors, chipboard manufacturers and CLT manufacturers.
- Lighting Laboratory
- Building Services Laboratory
- DARLab (Digital Architecture and Robotic Laboratory)
The Centre also has access to other general engineering facilities within the University, including the Engineering and Welding Workshops, the Machine Shop, the Modelling Workshop, plus many other design and soft facilities.
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Our centre members have an established track record of impactful applied research, working with a wide variety of industrial and academic partners to achieve significant environmental, social and economic benefits to the field. We also have a number of early carrier researchers who have the passion and enthusiasm to link with industry and deliver impactful research.
- Shazia Ali
- Mahmood Datoo
- Carlos Gonzalo
- Mike Gunn
- Ivana Kraincanic
- Simon Leung
- Luis Pinho Santos
- Bridget Shield
Current PhD students
- Faisal Abdulle
- Fadhel Alasadi
- Eric Ballestero
- Syed Faisal Ali
- Mugdad Alkhateeb
- Imad Ezzat Dagher
- Shirin Ghanei
- Fouad Ghoussayni
- Robert Kovacs
- Muhammad Safdar
- Rodrigo Sanchez-Pizani
- Haddowe Shatha
- Douglas Shearer
- Majed Al Shimari
Recently completed PhDs
- Alexander Cowan David
- Nicholas David Durup
- Ben Dymock
- Samson Ezekiel
- Christina Johanna Francis
- Amber Khuram
- Peter Mapp
- Alex Mayes
- Pegah Mirzania
- Ehsan Mohammadzadeh Miri
- Lorenzo Morales
- Joseph Ndjana Levodo
- Gizem Okten
- Oluremi Olufunmilayo Kayode
- Uzonna Onyia
- Akos Revesz
- Khan Riaz
- Samuel Tade Oluwagbenga
- Elizabeth Whelan
- Metkel Yebiyo
We have a number of strong research collaborations and partnerships as well as established links with governmental and professional bodies.
CCiBSE partnersThe centre through its members has strong links with the various subjects area professional bodies including:
- The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering
- Energy Institute
- The Institute of Refrigeration
- The Institute of Acoustics
- The Institution of Civil Engineers
- The Institution of Structural Engineers
The centre also has reach portfolio of working with industrial partners in research and consultancy. These include:
- Minus7 Ltd
- TopHat Labs Limited
- Wandsworth Borough Council Heliport Noise Monitoring
- Royal Opera House match-funded Scholarship
- Foster & Partners- Listening to London
- Henry Wood Hall - Knowledge Exchange Voucher
- Royal Academy of Music Match-funded PhD
Past collaborations have also included multidisciplinary research networks and knowledge transfer partnerships. In line with LSBU’s fundamental believes, the centre welcome new academic/industrial collaborations.
- Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia
- Applied Science University- Bahrain
- British University in Egypt
- University of Dar-es-Salaam
- Dr Ham of the Korea National Rural Research Institute. Dr Timothy Hong is working with Dr Ham on an international collaboration project on water quality modelling and management affected by the rainfall-runoff process in the rural catchment
- University College London
- Imperial College
- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
- Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) - University of Lisbon
- Lancaster University
- University of Sheffield
- Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering Department, Brunel University London, UK
- Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
- ERAMUS Scholarship related to air quality modelling in May, 2018.
We are involved in a range of outreach activities with the aim of promoting, enhancing and enriching research and students’ experience. These include:
- The Teambuild construction challenge which has been supported by CCiBSE members since 2014. This is a training competition for young people in the construction industry, and a chance for young engineers, architects, construction/design managers, consultants, and contractors to prove and improve their skills.
- UK Passivhaus Events
- The Balanced Energy Network (BEN) innovative industry and academia collaborative research project shortlisted for the Engineer: Collaborate to Innovate Awards, 2018.
- Collaboration with the Royal Opera House and the Royal Academy of Music, complimented through a matched funded PhD to design solutions to improve the environment for musicians
- Established strong academic collaborations with the British University, Egypt and Applied Science University, Bahrain. We also hold strong research links with the Institute of Technology in Bandung, Indonesia through two RAE projects looking at plastics waste and developing Indonesian Coastal Areas for Sustainable Tourism.
Collaborative team building events
- Teambuild construction challenge supported since 2014. Young engineers, architects, construction/design managers, consultants, and contractors collaborate to improve their skills
- The CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018
- 35th anniversary CIBSE Patrons 2018
- EPSRC UK Acoustics Network
- Gillich, A., Icon, O., Sunikka-Blank M., and Ford, A., (2017), Designing an ‘optimal’ domestic retrofit programme, Journal of Building Research & Information, Volume 46, 2018 - Issue 7, Pages 767-778.
- Averill, A., Ingram, J., Gomez-Augustina, L., Holborn, P., Battersby, P., and Benson, C. (2018). Potential hazard consequences to personnel exposed to the ignition of small volumes of weakly confined stoichiometric hydrogen/air mixture. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
- Chaer, I., Pope, I., Yebyio, M., Paurine, A., (2018), Smart cities – Thermal networks for London, Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Progress 1-9 (9 pages) 26 Jul 2018.
- Dance, S., Morales, L., Backus, B., (2018), A methodology to objectively assess the performance of sound field amplification systems demonstrated using fifty physical simulations of classroom conditions, Noise and Health, 20 (94), 77-82,.
- Ye, Z., Lawner, H., Chaer, I., Ross, M., (2018), Feasibility Study of Pumping Cycle Kite Power System Implication in Scotland UK. 2018 3rd International Conference on Renewable Energy and Conservation, 15 – 17 June 2018, Sydney, Australia
- Aygün, H. and Barlow, C., (2015) “Ultrasonic wave propagation in porous rigid ceramics at oblique incidence”, Applied Acoustics. Vol.88, 6-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2014.07.011
- Limbachiya, V. , Ganjian, E. and Claisse, P. (2016), Strength, durability and leaching properties of concrete paving blocks incorporating GGBS and SF, construction and Building Materials, volume 113: 273-279
- Mavroulidou, M. (2018). Use of paper sludge ash as a calcium-based stabiliser for clay soils. Waste Management and Research doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X18804043,
- McCann, F., Fang, C., Gardner, L. and Silvestre, N., (2016) Local buckling and ultimate strength of slender elliptical hollow sections in compression. Journal of Engineering Structures, 111, 104–118.
- Levatti H. U., Prat, P.C., and Ledesma. A., (2018) Numerical and experimental study of initiation and propagation of desiccation cracks in clayey soils. Computers & Geotechnics (doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2018.09.015). https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XtsP,63b~kRN4
- McGovern DJ, Robinson T, Chandler ID, Allsop W, Rossetto T, (2018), Pneumatic long-wave generation of tsunami-length waveforms and their runup, Coastal Engineering 138, 80-9
- Saber, EM and Iyengar, R and Mast, M and Meggers, F and Tham, KW and Leibundgut, H (2014) Thermal comfort and IAQ analysis of a decentralized DOAS system coupled with radiant cooling for the tropics. Building and Environment, 82. pp. 361-370. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.09.001.
- Shamass, R., and Cashell, K.A. (2018). Analysis of Stainless Steel-Concrete Composite Beams. Journal of Constructional Steel Research doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2018.05.032
Dr Issa Chaer has over 15 years of work experience in the Higher Education sector and is currently working at London South Bank University as Director of Enterprise for the School of The Built Environment and Architecture.
Andy is passionate about low energy design and innovation. Having run his own successful Consulting Engineering practice for many years he is now focused on the next generation.
Dr Aaron Gillich is a Acting Head of Division for MSc Building Services Engineering and MSc Sustainable Energy Systems.
Alex is a Senior Research Fellow & Sessional Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering.
Dr David J. McGovern is a Lecturer in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University (LSBU).
Dr Esmail Mahmoudi Saber is interested in practical contexts of fluid mechanics and heat transfer in engineering disciplines and he conducted extensive research on application of these concepts in building systems.
Dr Finian McCann is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering of the School of the Built Environment and Architecture.
Dr Héctor Ulises Levatti is currently a Lecturer in Structural Analysis, Design and Geotechnics at LSBU
Luis is an acoustician and academic with a research and development background. His areas of expertise are architectural acoustics, noise control, building and room acoustics, environmental noise, acoustic simulation, revision and creation of acoustic design guidelines. His current research interests are in office and performance spaces acoustics, sustainable acoustic design and improvement of quality of life through the acoustic environment.
Dr Metkel Yebiyo is a Lecturer in the Building Services Engineering Division in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture.
Steve is a Reader in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture, with particular interests in music and acoustics, PA systems, urban wind turbines, vocal stress and speech intelligibility.
Timothy joined London South Bank University in September 2009 and has more than 25 years' experience as both an academic researcher and practical engineer.
Dr Vireen Limbachiya is a lecturer in Civil Engineering and works in the School of Built Environment and Architecture.
Zhihui is a building service engineer. She has particular interests in energy and the indoor environment.
Rusdy's teaching focuses on electrical building services engineering and lighting. He is Course Director for the BSc (Hon) Building Services Engineering.
Dr Mavroulidouis a Reader of Geotechnics at LSBU with previous research employments at NTU-Athens, the University of Surrey and Imperial College, London.
Dr Aygün is a senior lecturer in acoustics and the Course Director for MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering at LSBU.