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Urban Planning for Outdoor Thermal Comfort Tania Sharmin, PhD Candidate, Department of Architecture, Cambridge

This study considers early stage building and urban design strategies to improve outdoor thermal comfort. Important findings include that deeper street canyons result in reduced air temperature but increased Tmrt thus presenting apparently conflicting design options to achieve outdoor comfort.

Financial Performance of BREEAM Certified Buildings in the UK Haobo Yang, PhD Candidate, Department of Land Economy, Cambridge

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Energy Tracers: Video Thermal Imagery of Homes to Save Energy and Money Helen Taylour,

Energy Tracers is a project formed in early 2011 to engage communities with their carbon footprint and energy use by emphasising communication between surveyors and home owners. An infrared camcorder is used to create a visual-audio report complete with recommendations for future projects that the home owner can undergo. 

  Energy Retrofit and Occupant Behaviour in Listed Housing: A case study of the Brunswick Centre in London Hui Ben, PhD Candidate, Department of Architecture, Cambridge

This study examines the impact of behavioural and physical variables on the energy savings of the Brunswick Centre in London. The highest household energy use can be 2.2 times higher than average consumption. Modelling shows the impact of positive behavioural change ranges up to 62% to 86% of the total potential savings.   Transition to a Riparian Landscape: Designing a Flood Resilient Coastal Settlement in Par Docks, Cornwall Ed Barsley, PhD Candidate, Department of Architecture, Cambridge

The talk outlines innovative solutions to coastal flood resilience, based around integrated spatial planning, and non-defensive flood planning. The study used a design research methodology to explore to potential of creating a town that remains open to the sea whilst safe from it.

This talk is part of the Sustainability in the Built Environment (GreenBRIDGE) series.

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