Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SuDoBE)
The Centre was established in 2007 as a joint venture between Cardiff University, Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Welsh Government to focus on promoting sustainable design in Wales, the UK and internationally
The Centre’s main focus is on socio-technical aspects of sustainability, including the relationship between well-being, health and sustainable environments.
The main aim of its research is to develop knowledge that can inform future sustainable design that will enhance people’s lives. Under this umbrella, the team has developed and apply expertise in human-environment interaction and social innovation. This expertise underpins a broad approach to building performance evaluation that integrates architectural science, environmental psychology, philosophy of technology, anthropology and the humanities. This interdisciplinary approach allows us to develop ‘thick descriptions’ of how people experience and use the built environment.
Key successes include research on the health impacts of energy upgrades in social housing (Poortinga), on BREEAM ratings and comfort in non-domestic buildings (Zapata-Lancaster) and research on collecting data on energy in Welsh social housing as part of the UK’s Smart Energy Research Lab (Tweed, Lannon). Marchesi and Tweed collaborate with Arup and Clarion Housing on a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship researching circular economy in social housing.
Since 2007, we have been involved in the following funded research projects:
|SHREWD (Social Housing Research on Energy from Welsh Data)||Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council|
2020 – 2022
|CircuBED (Circular Economy in Built Environment Design)||Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship||2018 – 2021||£156k|
|Energy and Environmental Monitoring Toolkits for Social Housing||EPSRC IAA||2017 – 2018||£30k|
|The Health Impacts of Structural Energy Performance Investments in Wales: An Evaluation of the Arbed Programme||National Health Institute for Research||2013 – 2015||£750k|
|Re-Engineering the City 2020-2050: Urban Foresight and Transition Management||EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments 3||2010 – 2014||£2M|
|Use of timber in building construction||LCRI Convergence funding||2010 – 2013||£525k (£290k)|
|Monitoring the performance of low carbon buildings and technologies in Wales||LCRI Convergence funding||2010 – 2013||£415k (£180k)|
|Conditioning Demand: A Sociotechnical Study of Energy Users and Renewable/Efficient Technologies||EPSRC & EDF – People, Energy and Buildings||2011 – 2012||~£600k (£150k to Cardiff)|
|Carbon, Control and Comfort: User-centred control systems for comfort, carbon saving and energy management (CCC)||EPSRC/Eon||2009 – 2012||£2M (£300k)|
|Solutions for Holistic Optimal Retrofit – 1980s urban semi detached house – feasibility study||TSB Retrofit for the Future Phase 2||2010 – 2012||???|
|Sustainable Refurbishment of Building Facades and External Walls (SUSREF)||European Commission FP7||2009 – 2011||2.6M € (182k €) w/ 251k € to BRE Wales|
|Developing knowledge exchange mechanisms to support Welsh low-carbon housing||Welsh Assembly Government, Knowledge Exchange Fund (KEF)||2007 – 2008||£50k w/ £22k to BRE Wales|
For further information about the above projects please contact Professor Chris Tweed: