Building Research Park

Research

ECO-SEE display stand

The Building Research Park is constantly monitoring the impact it has on the environment; as such, weather data at the site can be requested. Carbon auditing and waste strategies are always reviewed and can give an idea into the impact of construction on the environment.

We keep you up to date with our current research and answer leading questions on Twitter, so please get involved.

Research Projects

HEMPSEC

The EU-funded HEMPSEC project (Grant No. 332972) is aimed at expanding the market for pre-fabricated, pre-dried, panelised system of hemp-lime construction. The 36-month-long work programme, which began in 2013, will refine product and manufacturing protocols, produce data for certification and marketing, warranty, insurance cover and availability of finance. The research programme will construct, instrument, monitor and analyse the environmental performance of a number of small experimental buildings located at the Building Research Park.

ECO-SEE

The EU-funded ECO-SEE project (Grant No. 609234) studies the use of innovative eco-building materials that will address poor air quality, while also radically improving the energy efficiency of buildings. Through the project, the research group, coming from six EU countries, will develop highly-insulated wall panels treated using novel chemical processes to enhance the capacity of building materials to capture VOCs.

SIMPod

The EPSRC-funded SIMPod project addresses the issue of performance gap between modelled and monitored energy use. The project will create a test facility that simulates building energy to monitor and measure energy use under real climatic conditions. The results will help to improve future energy use prediction.

 

Laboratory-based research has identified the potential to use renewable natural materials in construction. We take this research to the next stage, understanding how these materials will perform in the real world and how to use them in low-impact construction technologies.

— Dr Mike Lawrence, Director of the BRP