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Director of the BRE Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SuDOBE)
Professor Chris Tweed's main interests lie at the interface between people and the built environment and its technologies. Within this broad area a recurring theme of in his studies is the tensions between formal and official policies, procedures and structures, and the informal, ad hoc responses of those on the receiving end of policy, guidance/advice and designs. This work is being advanced through funded research, such as the recent EPSRC projects, Carbon, Control and Comfort: User-centred control systems for comfort, carbon saving and energy management and Conditioning Demand: Older People, Diversity and Thermal Experience. It is also evident in the research carried out by PhD students under Professor Tweed's supervision who are conducting research on such topics as the informal responses to low carbon design advice and legislation in architectural practice, insulation installer practices on site, ad hoc low impact housing development in Wales, how people use transition spaces in public buildings, and community based apple harvesting in urban areas. A second key interest in Professor Tweed's research is how people experience the built environment with a particular emphasis on thermal comfort and experience.