In this context sustainability is seen as a complex interaction between people, the built environment they use and occupy, the natural environment, and the economics that support daily life. The challenge faced by researchers in the SBERG is to understand these complex relationships and develop solutions for modern living that ensure new built assets are as sustainable as possible and existing assets are upgraded to meet sustainable objectives.
The early work of the group related to understanding how the attitudes and behaviour of building users and managers influenced the sustainable development agenda and in particular the range of toolkits used by built environment professionals to design, maintain and refurbish built assets. More recently the work of the group has expanded to include the wider climate change agenda and in particular to examine the challenges faced by built environment professionals as they seek to integrate mitigation and adaptation measures into existing commercial and domestic buildings.
Researchers from the SBERG are currently involved in a range of projects from a study of user-centred control systems for comfort, carbon saving and energy management in housing, to developing a set of tools for improving the resilience of local communities to the impacts of extreme weather events. Further details of these and other projects can be found by following the links below.