Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

EPSRC CDT in Decarbonisation of the Built Environment (dCarb)

The UK has set the target of an 80 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050. The built environment is responsible for 50 per cent of relevant emissions, making it the largest single emitter and the need to decarbonise one of the most critical and immediate challenges the construction industry is facing.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Decarbonisation of the Built Environment (dCarb) has been launched to address this challenge and carry out multidisciplinary research into the design and creation of zero-carbon buildings and technologies that will potentially transform the future of our built environment.


Low-impact living, affordable, community (LILAC)

Our programme

Our innovative three-year doctoral programme offers students the chance to carry out transformative research in a world-leading department.

Students will collaborate with academics and industrial experts in the field and benefit from a range of training and learning development opportunities that will complement their research.



Our multidisciplinary research is divided into eight translational themes that encompass all aspects of decarbonisation.

Meet our students

Rachel Mitchell

Rachel is researching the performance gap in energy efficient homes built to the Passivhaus standard.