PhD Studentship: Sustainable Building Design

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The Welsh School of Architecture is one of the leading
research schools in the UK, with an established
international reputation for research in architecture
science and sustainable design, history and theory and
professional practice. Applications are invited for this 3
year studentship sponsored by the Building Research
Establishment (BRE) Trust to commence as soon as possible.


The studentship covers tuition fees, a grant of £15,000 per
annum and reasonable student travel and subsistence
expenses for travel between BRE premises and the
University, plus limited European and international travel.
There is a possibility of further post-doctoral career
opportunities within BRE or the School for the right
applicant, upon successful completion of the PhD programme.

The Project:

The successful applicant will work with Dr Ian Knight at
the Welsh School of Architecture, within the newly
established BRE Centre for Sustainable Building Design and
Dr Robin Wiltshire based at BRE in Hertfordshire. Time will
be split between the two sites.

The project title is ‘Optimising thermal storage
techniques to increase the useful energy outputs from small
scale renewable energy and CHP in buildings.
‘ The aims
of the research study are:

  • to demonstrate that the effective output of low and
    zero carbon technologies can be raised by means of Thermal
    Storage techniques
  • to review the current knowledge in this subject area
    and identify barriers
  • to the uptake of Thermal Storage
  • to obtain an estimate of the magnitude of this
    potentially increased output for various technologies
  • to assist with the development of models for Thermal
    Storage techniques, for existing modelling tools such as
    EnergyPlus and ESP-r
  • to work in conjunction with an EU funded project
    helping to define policy towards the use of Thermal Storage
    with Renewable Energy systems and CHP in buildings
  • as a result of the research, to assess the impact that
    such techniques might have in improving the carbon
    emissions performance of the existing housing stock in the
  • to pursue focused research on one of the promising
    storage technology options.


Applicants (Home/EU only) should have a good honours degree
(minimum upper second class or equivalent) from an approved
UK or overseas University in architecture, or
building-related engineering discipline, and must have a
good understanding of the design of building services, in
particular thermal energy systems. Computer skills are


To apply, please submit a full curriculum vitae to:

Dr Ian Knight,

Welsh School of Architecture

Bute Building

King Edward VII Avenue


CF10 3NB

Your application must include the names of two referees and
a brief statement outlining your interest in pursuing
postgraduate research.

The deadline for receipt of the application is Friday
17th March 2006.

Further Information:

For more information about the School’s research activities
and PhD programme, please refer to the School’s website at
For an informal discussion about the studentship, please
call Dr Ian Knight on 029 2087 5496 or email

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