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Glasgow Caledonian University

 EXPERTISE ON SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN AND REFURBISHMENT

School of the Built and Natural Environment

The School of the Built and Natural Environment is the largest school of its type in Scotland, and one of the leading schools for programmes in building and surveying in the UK. The school also carries out extensive research in partnership with industry, commerce and other academic institutions in the UK and overseas. Our research is rated by The UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.

Sustainability and sustainable development form the main themes of our five broad areas of research activities:

  • Building Performance
  • Construction Management and Information Technology
  • Construction Procurement and Economics
  • Environmental Technology and Management
  • Waste Management

The School has two research centres whose main role is to carry out research and consultancy:

The Centre for Research on Indoor Climate and Health (RICH Centre)

The RICH Centre focuses attention on the factors that determine the indoor environment (primarily in buildings but also including transportation) and the consequent affect on the health of the occupants.

Centre staff has expertise in the following areas:

  • The indoor environment of buildings and its affect on human health – heat, air and moisture transfer through building structures
  • Energy efficiency
  • Climate impacts on buildings and the effects of climate change, especially driving rain and flooding
  • Performance of heritage buildings
  • Sustainable construction
  • Testing and/or monitoring and analysis of the thermal and moisture performance of buildings, both in situ and under laboratory conditions
  • Monitoring of allergens in buildings and identification of fungi, bacteria and mites
  • Prevention of biodeterioration of buildings and building materials - distribution and significance of building pests

Caledonian Environment Centre (CEC)

CEC has a wide range of skills and expertise in relation to the environmental and sustainability agendas and community engagement.

CEC is recognised as a leading research and consultancy organisation in its sector, employing around 25 professional staff. Engaging directly with both public sector and private sector organisations has enabled CEC to develop an enviable capacity to communicate and transfer knowledge in a variety of complex and challenging fields.

Centre staff has a wide range of skills and expertise, including

  • Resource and waste management
  • Carbon management and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmental management.

MSc Sustainable Energy Technology

Energy is crucial to all economic activity. It is an essential requirement for development and industrialisation, but its production and use has been associated, directly or indirectly, with many of the world's environmental problems. Today, there is uncertainty about how much fossil fuels there are left in the ground, and fluctuating prices on the world market make it difficult to plan ahead. The spectre of global climate change due to burning fossil fuels strengthens the case for renewable energy resources and energy efficiency. These twin threats make it more important that we understand how energy is used and how it could be exploited more effectively.

This programme is intended for engineers and technologists who want to develop a career in energy-related fields. The focus is on understanding the technologies of energy production and consumption

To find out more on this one-year MSc course, please click here. 
 

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