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Grant win enhances the design of greener buildings


The University of Wolverhampton has secured a grant to develop state of the art software which will be used by future industry leaders to design greener buildings.

Professor Mohammed Arif, Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University, has been successful in grant application for a total funding of $400,000 from the Qatar National Research Fund, a governmental funding body that supports original, competitively selected research by both local and international researchers for projects that fit with Qatar's national research strategy, and that incorporate a Qatar-based partner.

Professor Arif is leading a team of two senior researchers and three early career researchers from the School of Architecture and Built Environment consisting of Dr David Heesom, Dr Amit Kaushik, Dr Lovelin Obi and Dr Mandeep Saini. The mentoring pyramid, developed by Professor Arif, is an example of how Professors and Readers can mentor early career researchers and succeed in bidding, as well as developing an effective team for the future.

The total project grant is $400,000 and builds on research undertaken by Professor Arif and the team after he previously secured $1million to assess green building guidelines in relation to how they affect the health and well-being, productivity and behaviour of occupants.

The grant will be used to develop a website and a mobile phone App designed to disseminate the research findings to construction, design and build practitioners with the aim of addressing all three dimensions of sustainability: economic, social and environmental.

He said:  “The building and construction sector accounts for a significant share of the energy use with the associated Greenhouse Gases emissions, solid waste generation and the use of natural resources that is stressing our environment.

“Our research looked specifically at how the various green building guidelines, which have gained in popularity over recent years, address key issues related to design, material usage, manufacturing, construction, building operation, maintenance, demolition and disposal, in order to ensure goals of sustainable construction are met.

“But what they don’t do is address issues of how building occupants’ health and well-being, productivity and behaviour can be enhanced during the operations phase and a better understanding of these critical parameters will provide a better understanding of energy usage patterns, providing critical input for building occupants, automated building control systems, electrical suppliers, architects and facilities managers.

“The vision for the proposed research is to provide building users with actionable energy consumption feedback by utilising existing infrastructure and minimal additional hardware, while keeping in view Qatar’s unique socio-cultural background. The key objective will be to empower building users by providing them actionable information with a potential to influence their behaviour.”

Anyone interested in studying in the School of Architecture and Built Environment should register for the next Open Day on Saturday 16th November 2019.



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