Building technology is a predictive science that models building performance. At the same time, it also a forensic science that explains building failures and how those can be avoided.
To build sustainably, it is critical that behaviour of buildings is precisely understood and accurately simulated. This approach avoids the costly penalties of rectifying building defects, or creating built environments that are unfit for purpose.
To address these needs, the research group is working on the following topics:
- Building structural performance: artificial intelligence for the failure prediction of building structures and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning) systems, deterioration modelling of structural and systems;
- Healthy buildings: building energy and condensation risk analysis, mould risk factors in contemporary building design, biotoxin illness in water damaged buildings, moisture-related building defects; and
- IAQ (Indoor Air Quality): impact of climate change on ventilation performance, impact of ventilation strategies on aerosol airborne transmission in different indoor environments, impact of passive design on thermal comfort;
- High performance buildings: building energy simulation, hygrothermal simulations, life cycle structural analysis.