School of Computing and Engineering

Achieving Nearly Zero-Energy Building Standards in a changing climate

Primary supervisor: Dr Ali Bahadori-Jahromi

Start dates: January, May and September of each academic year

Duration: This is a three-year position.

Research context

Research at the University of West London lives in an ecosystem of interdisciplinary research clusters. This PhD position is based in the School of Computing and Engineering. This is a collaborative study between University of West London, The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Hilton Worldwide. This research focuses on the study of nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB) standards and examines how they can be achieved when considering the projected changes in our climate. Dr Jahromi and his industrial partners are leading the vibrant research team of three current candidates in this area and past graduates which provides the selected applicant appropriate support and welcoming environment in undertaking the research.

The Directive 2010/21/EU of the European Parliament on the energy performance of the buildings states that by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings; and that after 31 December 2018, new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are nearly zero-energy buildings. The UK Climate projections show that we can expect warmer and wetter winters along with hotter and drier summers. 

Research goal

Research will investigate how the NZEB standards can be achieved for the future climate. It will consider the current practices for designing a NZEB and examine if they are applicable when considering future weather conditions. It will study both a dwelling and a government building and will provide design guidelines.

Candidate Profile

Applicants will be expected to hold a good first degree (first or upper second class) and a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Civil or Mechanical Engineering. Potential candidates should have experience in energy simulation software packages. Confidence in computational simulation and CFD packages will be advantageous.

All applicants for whom English is not their first language must also demonstrate their English language proficiency through evidence of IELTS at overall 7 (with 6.5 in all four skills) or by providing access to MA/MSc chapters or published work.

Further Information

For general enquiries about the application process visit the Graduate School pages.

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