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A wide range of potential research topics are available for PhD and Masters students.

Example research areas and topics

Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization of Buildings

  • Thermal energy storage using phase change materials
  • Desiccant cooling technology
  • Commercial building energy efficiency
  • Off-grid renewable heating and cooling
  • Understanding thermal comfort and energy consumption in Social Housing.
  • Energy efficiency, comfort and health in low-income households.
  • Health and comfort implications of low energy retrofit strategies. 
  • Energy monitoring, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in buildings
  • Demand management in electricity networks using renewable generation, energy storage and demand reduction enabled appliances
  • Auxiliary services for grid-connected renewable distributed generation and microgrids
  • Solar photovoltaics performance evaluation and optimisation 

Modelling and Decision Making

  • Building data analytics and deep learning
  • Building performance simulation
  • Monitoring of building energy performance
  • Internet of Things, Big Data and smart buildings
  • Construction supply chain development in indigenous communities: empowerment vs dictate 

Materials Construction

  • Vertical extension of buildings using cold-formed steel
  • Construction 4.0 – moving construction into the digital age
  • The role of construction for the circular economy model 

Human Factors

  • Occupant behaviours and thermal ergonomics including physiology and sensor development 
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