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Building Performance

A building needs to perform well in terms of economics, environment, comfort and design. Qualifying and quantifying good building performance is challenging and vital for the effective operation and use of the building.

Interrelated topics of research under this theme include structural modelling, operational performance, human behavior, critical infrastructure, building information modeling (BIM), buildings management, environmental modelling, building conservation materials, construction material performance, architecture design and construction in buildings, energy efficiency.

We offer our Engineering and the Built Environment PhD. We've also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researchers.


Find out more about our members on their profile pages.

Key publications

Gurkalo, F., Du, Y.G., Poutos, K., Jimenez-Bescos, C., 2017. The nonlinear analysis of an innovative slit reinforced concrete water tower in seismic regions. Journal of Engineering Structure, 134, pp138–149

Du, Y.G., Chan, A.H.C., Clark, L.A., Wang, X.T., Gurkalo, F. and Bartos, S., 2013. Finite Element Analysis of Cracking and Delamination of Concrete Beam due to Steel Corrosion Engineering Structures. Journal of Engineering Structure, 56, pp.8-21

Simbolon, L.M., Pandey, D.S. and Tassou, S.A., 2018. Oral: Investigation of poultry litter conversion into useful energy resources using low temperature pyrolysis, 2nd ICSEF. Paphos, Cyprus, 19-22 October 2018. (Accepted for publication in Energy Procedia)

Wanigarathna, N., Sherratt, F., Price, A.D.F. and Austin, S.A., 2016. Healthcare designers’ use of prescriptive and performance-based approaches. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12(6), pp.427-441. doi: 10.1080/17452007.2016.1212692.