Research within the Department
Our Department has a diverse research landscape
The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) research group, which sits within the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Research Institute, conducts a huge variety of high-impact research.
All of our Department’s research activities are based in the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Centre. The research landscape at BEST ranges from applied research, which is closely linked to medium-term industry requirements, through to niche and unique research, which is aimed at addressing the long-term needs of the industry knowledge base.
BEST consists of five research groups and focuses on truly unique and multidisciplinary research themes, including: Environmental Technologies, Construction Management and Economics, Material Technology, Facilities Management, Property and Planning, as well as Radio Frequency and Microwave Technologies.
The diverse work at BEST resulted in an excellent result in the latest research assessment (REF2014), with 52% of our output classified as world leading and internationally excellent. Here are the subjects rated as world leading, although this list is not exhaustive:
- Advance technologies for renewable energies
- Generation of multi biofuel from waste
- Water and wastewater treatments
- Non-invasive sensors for monitoring water quality in real time
- Project management and construction
- Wave and flood effects on buildings
- Wireless sensors for building and structure health monitoring
- Climate change effect on rainfall patterns
- Materials and pavement engineering
- Near zero carbon building and bespoke carbon reduction analysis
- Supply chain management
- Building augmented reality and energy solutions
- Environment pollution reduction
BEST researchers have access to three purpose-built Smart Homes which are used to conduct a variety of research projects including:
- CO monitoring
- Water ingress: assessment and prediction using sensors
- Use of sensors for materials characterisation and performance
- Wireless monitoring to assess space utilisation and thermal profile
- Energy performance and alternatives to standard SAP calculation
- Alternative energies and energy harvesting
- Smart materials
Thanks to the skill and dedication our research teams have invested into their projects, we secured £7,100,000 in research funding during the latest research assessment (REF2014) census period.
Currently, our research teams are busy strengthening our sustainability and education related research, advancing our interdisciplinary work in the sensor technology field and developing a sustainable global footprint.