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The Centre for Sustainable Building Conservation

The Centre for Sustainable Building Conservation, hosted in the Welsh School of Architecture, sets out to address critical challenges for the future care of built heritage with respect to climate change and social and environmental sustainability.

Overview

Alongside an MSc programme which has run since 2013, a series of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and government funded research projects have specifically addressed issues of maintaining heritage in the public domain, the role of digital documentation for contested heritage, life cycle analysis and Smart Heritage Building Performance Measurement for Sustainability (HBIM), the correlation of maintenance with sustainability, and the technical challenges of thermally upgrading timber framed buildings.

Externally funded research

TitleFunding agency/partnersDateValue
Harbourview. See also: Historic harbours of Ireland and Wales (Principal Investigator: Professor Oriel Prizeman).                               ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and IRC (Irish Research Council)2021–22                    £9,878
Shelf-Life: Re-imagining the future of Carnegie Public Libraries. See also: Carnegie Libraries of Britain (Principal Investigator: Professor Oriel Prizeman).Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)2016–21£203,351
Hygrothermal Monitoring of Timber-Frame Replacement Infill Panels
(Principal Investigator: Dr Chris Whitman, Co-Investigator: Professor Oriel Prizeman).
Historic England2019–22£50,525
Tamil Temple Towns: Conservation and Contestation (Principal Investigator: Prof Adam Hardy, Co-Investigator: Professor Oriel Prizeman).AHRC2018–21£175,194
Correlating maintenance, energy efficiency and fuel poverty for traditional buildings in the UK (Principal Investigator: Professor Oriel Prizeman, Co-Investigator: Dr Chris Whitman).Cadw, Historic Scotland/ Historic England 2016£7,500
The historic city of Ajmer-Pushkar (Principal Investigator: Prof Adam Hardy, Co-Investigator: Professor Oriel Prizeman).AHRC2016£30,516

Hilary Wyatt: Towards the Development of a Sustainable Framework for the Coherent Conservation of Historic Small-Scale Tidal Harbours in the UK (Main Supervisor: Professor Oriel Prizeman).

EPSRC PhD studentship2016–22

Externally funded consultancy

TitleFunding agency/partnersDateValue
Sustainable Building Conservation consultancy (Professor Oriel Prizeman): National Slate Museum.UNESCO WHS2022£6,675
Consultancy services to Historic England in relation to energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in connection with climate change adaptation and mitigation (Dr Chris Whitman).Historic England2020–21£13,522
Laser Scan Elements of Caerphilly Castle.Taliesin Construction2014–15£5,384
Expert advisor Grants for Places of Worship Wales (Professor Oriel Prizeman).Heritage Lottery Fund2013–14£5,564

Academic lead

Professor Oriel Prizeman

Professor Oriel Prizeman

Personal Chair

Email
prizemano@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5967

Group members

Dr Christopher Whitman

Dr Christopher Whitman

Senior Lecturer

Email
whitmancj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5893
Melina Guirnaldos Diaz

Melina Guirnaldos Diaz

Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design/ Academic Staff

Email
guirnaldosm@cardiff.ac.uk