Architecture, Energy and Environment Research Group
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Architecture, Energy and Environment Research Group

The Architecture, Energy and Environment Research Group (AEE) aims to inform the sustainable practice of architecture and engineering, in order to enhance the quality of the built environment through world leading fundamental and applied collaborative research. The work undertaken by the group is predominantly related to mitigating the impacts of, and adapting to, climate change, reducing energy use in the built environment, and enhancing comfort, productivity and well being of building users.

Since 2008 group members have been involved in projects with a total value of £11.45M, and have had a group income in excess of £6m. 

The vision of the AEE Group is to be:

  • recognised as one of the top research groups in the UK, attracting  the best PhD students and research staff
  • excellent in preparing PhD student to become leaders and decision-makers, articulated and principled, innovative and confident, and able to think critically with sound reasoning ability
  • a research-intensive Group where research staff discovery enhances learning and prepares students to compete in a knowledge-based society
  • engaged in regional, national and international sustainable development for the benefit of society and industry
The group undertake research focused on two board priority areas: Sustainable Energy Technologies in the Built Environment and Climate Responsive Architecture/ Low Carbon Buildings.


Collaboration with partners in academia, the construction industry and with CSET at the University’s Ningbo Campus, underpins much of this group’s work. Progress is evidenced by a growth in funding from the Research Councils, TSB, EU (incl. Marie Curie), Royal Society, Carbon Trust, DECC, and industry. Group members have been involved since 2008 in projects with a total value of £11.45m, with a group income in excess of £6m. The group has also received numerous awards (for example Rushlight, UK Engineer Technology and Innovation), two new technology transfer licences and three new patents.

A highlight is the £2.5m Creative Energy Homes project - a key resource to study micro-smart grids, energy storage, demand-side management and occupants’ acceptance of innovative technologies. The Creative Energy Homes is yielding results that inform both national policy and high quality research outputs, recognised recently through the ICE’s Trevithick Prize. 

Group members are involved in a number of significant events and have co-organised and hosted the UK Passivhaus Conference (2012) and the AECB National Conference (2011). The group also continues to organise the well-established International Sustainable Energy Technologies conference, now in its 12th year, and has representation in the coordination and on the board of directors of the Passive and Low Energy Architecture international conference, held since 1982.

Head of group

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Industry advisory board

  • Professor Tony Marmont 
  • Professor David Strong
  • Professor Terry Payne
  • Professor Roger Bullivant
  • Professor Mark Whitb 
  • Professor Dick Powell
  • Professor David Reay
  • Professor Yijun Yuan
  • Professor Robin Nicholson
  • Professor Nick Ebbs
  • Professor Mario Cucinella
  • Associate Professor Andrew Cunningham
  • Associate Professor Brian Hackett
  • Associate Professor Sat Bhandal 
  • Associate Professor Dr Amir Amini

Related research

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Architecture, Energy and Environment Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 2502