Architecture, Energy and Environment Research Group
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Urbanisation, climate change and demographical and psychographic changes have created enormous pressures on our complex and interdependent social, economic and technical urban infrastructure systems. The Sustainable Urban Living research theme aims to undertake research that addresses those challenges through holistic citizen-centric solutions that make use of cutting edge technology to promote and implement a re-examination of how we build resilience in our cities, towns and neighbourhoods.

Past student work at the Trent Basin

Sustainable Urban Living


The research is very inter and cross disciplinary in nature and always undertaken in partnership with industry. Great emphasis is given to solutions that help the housing sector to respond to issues such as housing shortage, changes to regulatory and welfare frameworks, low quality living conditions, more demanding user, the difficulties with providing lifetime environmental and energy performances and financial pressures.

Research themes

Buildings at the Trent Basin 2017

Community Energy

Sustainable and Energy Efficient Living

Sustainable and Energy Efficient Living

Sustainable and Resilient Planning

Sustainable and Resilient Planning



Community Energy
  • Project SCENe – Sustainable Community Energy Networks 
  • SENSIBLE - Storage ENabled SustaInable energy for BuiLdings and communitiEs
  • SCENIC – Smart Controlled Energy Networks Integrated in Communities  
Sustainable and Energy Efficient Living
  • University of Nottingham Smart Campus Initiative
  • EU-HERB Project - Holistic Energy-efficient Retrofitting of Residential Buildings
  • EnviroUp External Wall Insulation
  • EPSRC ISF SustResilCities - Optimising Home Energy and Environmental Monitoring to Support Independent Living
  • SCiNET - Greening the Box: retrofit of hard to treat housing
  • In-Use and Post Occupancy Evaluation – The Green Street
  • PHDC – Passive and Hybrid Downdraught Cooling
  • CALEBRE - Consumer Appealing Low Energy Technologies for Building Retrofitting
  • Solar Decathlon Europe 2010
Sustainable and Resilient Planning
  • EU TURaS: Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability
  • SOUL - Sustainable Optimised Urban Living
  • Re-inhabiting the City: the Provision of Sustainable and Resilient Social Housing in City Centres of Emergent Economies in a Changing Climate- the Case of Sao Paulo
  • Energy Efficiency and Marketability of Buildings 
  • Coupling of Building Energy Simulation and CFD 
  • Wind-driven and Natural Ventilation Potential of Traditional Buildings 

Architecture, Energy and Environment Research Group

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

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