Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn)

Buildings in the clouds The Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn) promotes research in the field of sustainable building design and environmental engineering.

We are at the cutting edge of research in design sustainability, natural processes and renewable energy. We also draw on links with industry to promote energy efficient and climate awareness design.

We attract funding from national and international bodies such as the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the European Union.

Research areas

Contact us

Director: Professor David Coley
Tel:+44 (0) 1225 385531

  • Building physics
  • climate change and sustainable building design
  • rational use of energy in buildings
  • urban microclimate
  • thermal comfort in complex environments
  • environmental stimuli and behavioural responses
  • fa├žade engineering
  • building acoustics
  • energy in cities
  • building integrated renewables
  • coastal engineering


The research facilities of the Department available to the group include:

  • artificial sky with a range of light meters
  • acoustics laboratory with sound pressure level meters
  • a range of dataloggers and meteorological sensors
  • a new hydraulics laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment, including a 7.5m working section flume with wave maker
  • associated workshop facilities
  • computing and software facilities for environmental modelling (CFX and STAR-CCM CFD software; IES for thermal-lighting and respective energy consumption simulations in the built environment).

Further information

Academic staff

Research staff

Visiting staff

  • Max Fordham
  • Bill Gething
  • Doug King
  • Mikkel Kragh
  • Paul Linden
  • Mike Wells
  • Martin Wilkinson

Graduate students

  • Faisal Aljawabra
  • Rana Elnaklah
  • Daniel Fosas de Pando
  • Kanchane Gunawardena
  • Caroline Hughes
  • Chunde Liu
  • Nahla Makhlouf
  • Rachel Mitchell
  • Gerald Morgan
  • Bruno Manuel Osorio
  • Elisabetta Pantane
  • Anna Parkin
  • Yahya al Shamsi
  • Marika Vellei
  • Zhenzhou Weng
  • Amber Wismayer
  • Carlos Zepeda Gil

Current and recent projects the EDEn team are involved with.

Project People Funding and partners
The creation of localised current and future weather for the built environment: COLBE Principal Investigator: Professor David Coley Funding body: EPSRC
Healthy Housing for the Displaced Principal Investigator: Professor David Coley Funding body: EPSRC
SIMPod Principal Investigator: Dr Francis Moran Funding body: EPSRC
Preparing the South African Built Environment for Climate Change Resilience: SABER Principal Investigator: Dr Sukumar Natarajan Funding body: RAEng Newton Fund
Climate Driven Building Design and Construction in the Tropics; Tools and Strategies to Improve Human Comfort In Columbia Principal Investigator: Dr Paul Shepherd
Dr Tristan Kershaw
Funding body: RAEng Newton Fund
ENLITEN Principal Investigator: Professor David Coley Funding body: EPSRC
Understanding the impact of energy information
test feedback on household energy consumption behaviour
Principal Investigator:
Dr Sukumar Natarajan
Dr Ian Walker
Researcher: Teresa Chiang
Funding body:
University of Bath

We are currently working with:

  • 3D Reid
  • The Architecture Centre
  • Aedas Architects
  • Allies and Morrison Architects
  • Bristol City Council
  • Buro Happold
  • Century Facades
  • Claytec
  • Department for international development
  • Derrick Braham Associates
  • DesignBuilder Software
  • Earth Systems
  • Edenvale Young Associates
  • Embley Energy Ltd
  • Environmental Design Solutions
  • Faber Maunsell
  • Fielden Clegg Bradley
  • Hoare Lea
  • Hopkins Architects
  • Interface
  • Integrated Environmental Solutions
  • Manchester Airport
  • MIB
  • Orient Policy Centre
  • Plogg International
  • Project Entity Ltd
  • Protomax
  • Singleton Birch Limited
  • StructureMode
  • Wintech Group