Our research team focus on in-depth analyses of environmental challenges


eTherm Research Project

eTherm is an EPSRC-funded research project aimed at creating thermal modelling software for architects to be used in the early stages of building design. The software will take into account uncertainty in the building design as well as uncertainty in future climate and how this will affect thermal comfort and morbidity in buildings in the future.


"The Use of Probabilistic Climate Change Data to Future-proof Design Decisions in the Building Sector" (PROMETHEUS) was a multidisciplinary EPSRC funded research project. The main aims of the project were to:

  • Create a methodology for the creation of probabilistic future reference year weather data using UKCP09.
  • Create a set of future reference year weather data for free distribution and use by industry and academics.
  • Use physical models to identify the problems new buildings will face as a result of climate change.
  • Help the building sector adapt to the challenges of climate change. 

The FOREST Project

In our attempts to reduce carbon emissions, biomass is increasingly being seen as a viable alternative to fossil fuels for space heating and hot water in commercial buildings.  This EU project focused on biomass supply chains.

Tor Bridge Partnership Campus

The Centre conducted monitoring and analysis work for a Technology Strategy Board Project focusing on the Tor Bridge School campus.

Montgomery Primary School

We worked with local architectural design firm NPS South West and Devon County Council on the design of the replacement building for Montgomery Primary School in Exeter which was the first primary school in the UK to achieve zero carbon in use.  The project won the CIBSE Building Performance Award 2014 for the New Build Project of the Year (up to £10 million).  We are continuing to monitor energy and water use at the school to verify in-use performance over a number of years.