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Testing facilities at University of Edinburgh

Sustainable Technology

We have research expertise in the field of Building Technology from the design of individual components to entire buildings. In recent years we have conducted as series of successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with the construction sector. Our base at Chambers Street in Edinburgh includes an exceptionally well equipped suite of teaching and research workshops that include, include metalworking. woodworking, casting, CAD laser cutting, 3D rapid prototyping and structural testing.

Research in the workshop is concerned generally with the industrialisation of the construction process particularly with lightweight steel structures, the building envelope masonry and concrete. In particular, we have worked with efficient and sustainable construction processes, including the development of lightweight, demountable steel-plywood systems and fabric-formed concrete. The work has led to numerous papers and reports and has also received awards and patents. These include a most creative design award for innovative use of fabric-formed concrete at the RHS, Chelsea Flower Show and an RIBA President’s Award for research. Part of the research involves design and construction of prototypes at full-scale.

Architecture and Sustainability

We have specific practical expertise in strategic sustainable design methodologies and have provided consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations including specialist advice to architectural practices. We have strong links to the School of Geosciences and have researched the use of GIS systems and sustainable landscape strategies. We conduct research in gearing sustainable design strategies to social and economic contexts. We carry extensive computing facilities that include a wide range of environmental simulation packages. We offer courses and degrees to masters level including a postgraduate degree in advanced sustainable design and are able to deliver CPD and consultancy that meshes specialist knowledge with wider design and construction processes.


Research at the School of Engineering

We have links in the University to the School of Engineering. Located in Kings Buildings, research is conducted in two relevant areas. The Institute for Energy Systems undertakes research in renewable energy generation for wind, marine and tidal power systems. The Institute for Infrastructure and the Environment has specialist expertise in researching urban water systems that includes SUDS, wetlands and bio-filtration processes.

Located in Kings Buildings to the south of Edinburgh, The School of Engineering has extensive testing facilities and laboratories.


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