July 2016

Modelling the economy as if real data matters

Modelling the economy as if real data matters: find ingkey economic relationships using data on energy, employment, transport, population, housing, and GDP

Report brings the work of Brunel Institutes into focus

The successes of Brunel's three Research Institutes and 15 central research themes are highlighted in their first annual report.

April 2016

Institute of Energy Futures Industry Day

Institute of Energy Futures , Industry Day - 25th February 2016 

The Institute of Energy Futures ran its Industry Day, attracting a significant number of industry contacts and over 200 participants in total. The day included a number of workshops and seminars on the Institute’s four research themes, showcasing research for existing partners, as well as building new contacts for future projects. 

March 2016

1st Edition of Short Course on Nearly Energy Buildings completed.

A short course was held at Brunel University London funded by H2020 project MEnS ( It was an interdisciplinary training and learning experience with workshops debating key aspects of buildings retrofit towards Nearly Zero Energy standards. The next course will run on 4-8 July 2016. The workshops were filmed by three Brunel students of Film and Television studies course. Part of the filming will be used for broadcasting by RTBF in Belgium which is a partner of the MEnS project.



Adapting Buildings for Resilient Cities Seminar

The seminar was part of the Institute of Energy Futures Industry Engagement Day held at Brunel University on 25 February 2016. The seminar was organised in collaboration with the CIBSE Resilient Cities Special Interest Group and attracted more than 70 delegates. Presentations at the seminar can be found on the webpage below.


Isambard Kingdom Research Scholarships launched

Applications opened on 1st March 2016 for three full PhD scholarships, available in October 2016, for outstanding Home/EU students to study in one of the three Research Institutes – Institute of Energy Futures; Institute of Environment, Health and Societies; and Institute of Materials and Manufacturing.

Overseas Industrial Research Funding Success for Developing Advanced Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs)

Dr Harjit Singh of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences and the Institute of Energy Futures has been awarded a prestigious research grant of the value of circa £162,000 to develop advanced vacuum insulation for domestic, industrial and commercial appliances.

January 2016

Research Catalyst Fund Awards announced

Brunel Research Institutes operate a scheme for Research Institute members to fund activities that act as a catalyst to the advancement of their careers as researchers. The following schemes are open to all research-active Institute staff. 

December 2015

Isambard Kingdom Research Scholarships 2016

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Scholarships 2016

NZEB and housing retrofit short course completed

The short course on ‘Front Meeting of Skills on NZEB and retrofit for buildings managers and professionals’ was held at the Building Design Centre in Islington London as part of the H2020 project MEnS. It was an interdisciplinary training and learning experience for forty delegates learning and debating key aspects of buildings retrofit towards Nearly Zero Energy standards. A visit to Ibis House in Richmond a nine flat retrofit ( and Innovation Park of BRE In Garston ( took place on the last day.


Grow2Build Workshop, 30 October 2015

We are pleased to invite you to the workshop on ‘Future emerging materials for green buildings’ on 30th October 2015, organised by the Grow2Build European Centre of Excellence and Resource Efficient Future Cities, Institute of Energy Futures at Brunel University London,

(venue: Tower D room 014). The workshop agenda can be found here

IEA EBC Annex 62 releases new report on the state of the art in ventilative cooling

Annex 62 is an international project carried out within the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) programme. Annex 62 report: “Ventilative Cooling. State-of-The-Art Review” is now available. The report is edited by Maria Kolokotroni of Brunel University London and Per Heiselberg of Aalborg University Denmark.

The report summarises the work of the initial working phase of IEA ECB Annex 62 Ventilative Cooling and is based on the findings in the participating countries. The report is an official Annex report that describes the state-of-the-art ventilative cooling potentials and limitations, its consideration in current energy performance regulations, available building components and control strategies and analysis methods and tools. In addition, the report provides twenty six examples of operational buildings using ventilative cooling ranging from domestic to offices and other non-domestic buildings such as schools and exhibition spaces and located in different outdoor climates.

The full report can be downloaded here


November 2015

Keynote address at the international hydrogen conference in Kingston, Jamaica

Prof Kolokotroni gave the first day keynote address on 'The Role of Hydrogen in a Sustainable Energy Future' at the international hydrogen conference held at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica, 3-4 November 2015. The conference was organised by the University of Technology, Jamaica and the European Union ACP Caribbean and Pacific Research Programme for Sustainable Development. The opening address was given by the Hon. Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science Technology, Energy and Mining, Jamaica. The keynote address on the second day was given by Dr. Andrei V. Tchouvelev, Chair International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee ISO/TC 197 Hydrogen Technologies on ‘International Standards and Best Safety Practices for Transitioning to Hydrogen Society’.

The conference was the main dissemination event for the project 'The Application of Solar-Powered Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Electrolysers for the Sustainable Production of Hydrogen Gas as Fuel for Domestic Cooking'. The photo shows the modified stove for hydrogen being lit by the representative of Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Jamaica, assisted by Dr Earle Wilson, project leader, UTech and observed by Dr. Andrei Tchouvelev.

The conference attracted much attention in Jamaica and the exhibition was visited by more than 500 delegates. More information about the project and the conference can be found here

October 2015

Call for Participants: Short Course 25-27 Nov 2015 in BDC, London

A short course on ‘Front Meeting of Skills on NZEB and retrofit for buildings managers and professionals’ will be held at the Building Design Centre in Islington London. This promises to be an interdisciplinary training and learning experience to increase your knowledge and skills on key aspects of buildings retrofit towards Nearly Zero Energy standards. You can apply using the link here.

Deadline for applications is 6 November 2015.

CHOICE project final event

final event of the CHOICE project took place on the 19 October 2015 at the AIP-CCI Headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. Thomas Owen is the Co-ordinator of the project who presented an overview of the project. Other keynote speeches included Morten Moller, Head of the Programme Coordination Unit, DG Connect, European Commission, Ricardo Gao, Director, Science & Technology Section, China Embassy in Portugal and Zhiqin Wang, Secretary General, CAICTIMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Association (China). Partners of the project presented in the following three sessions. Presentations can be viewed here

September 2015

Invited Presentation at Closing Session at the 36th AIVC International Conference, Madrid

The 36th Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) Conference, took place in Madrid Spain, 23-24 September 2015. Prof Maria Kolokotroni was invited to sum-up the Ventilative cooling track at the closing session of the conference; AIVC is the longest project of International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) programme, operating since 1979.

Coaching new research talent

Four students from the Building Services and Energy suite of MSc programmes presented their dissertation projects in the 5th Masters Conference on the topic PEOPLE and BUILDINGS held on 18 September 2015. The conference is organized by the Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings; students from nine universities in the UK presented their work. The Brunel students presenting were: Sebastien Tichadou, Amber Fahey, Yanan Zhang and Kazeem Adekunle Folarnmi. Proceedings of the conference will appear in where at present you can see proceedings of previous years.

International Conference at Grow2Build European Centre of Excellence

Working towards a more sustainable construction sector, the Biocomposites and Sustainable Development in Construction International Conference was held on September 9th & 10th, 2015 at Brunel University London. The conference brought together both academics and industry from around Europe to report and discuss the latest developments on topics incorporating the entire bio-composite value chain - from raw materials to finished products, from science to commercial realisation.

August 2015

Call for papers Hydrogen Conference 2015

International Hydrogen Conference: The Hydrogen Economy – A Sustainable Energy Diversification Option for the Caribbean - to be held in Kingston Jamaica, 3-4 November 2015 - Call for papers

July 2015

CSEF Industry Day

CSEF shows off new facilities at Industry Day at Brunel University London

Visit by Dr Rahman to Tongji University Shanghai China

Dr Mujib Rahman was invited at Tongji University Shanghai China in July 2015 to give lectures on “Asphalt Testing and Evaluation”. He also meet key academics to explore future research collaboration

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