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Advanced proactive optimisation service for buildings

EU funded project – PRELUDE: Advanced proactive optimisation service for buildings – a PhD opportunity in Environmental Assessment of Buildings with Brunel University London (BUL), the UK

PRELUDE is a 42 months EU funded project that deals with the development of new-low cost and smart technologies for retrofitting of buildings. Those technologies address building operation inefficiencies, minimising energy consumption, renewable energy utilisation, fossil fuel dependency and CO2 footprint. The new solutions involve natural ventilation and cooling to reduce the energy consumption of mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and they will be demonstrated in a wide range of applications in individual multi-apartment and large-scale residential buildings in cities across Europe. The potential environmental impact and economic analyses of the new solutions will be assessed using Life Cycle Assessment according to the International Reference Life Cycle Data System and International standards (ISO 14040/14044). The LCA costing for economic analyses will be performed through the CAPEX and OPEX. They will be assessed at the different stages of the project to ensure cost-effectiveness of different energy sources and competitiveness of the whole system and forecast those attributes for a commercial version.

This exciting 3-year PhD opportunity will involve lifecycle analysis (LCA) of different materials and new technologies developed in the project to estimate the environmental and cost implications of low carbon buildings. The effect on the environment will be assessed using different tools and software, following the LCA’s stages: (i) definition of scope and goal, (ii) development of relevant inventory inputs and outputs, (iii) assessment of their potential impacts and interpretation of results within the context of proposed targets. The LCA costing and indirect cost as productivity, cost of time, budget allocation and compare long-term expenses with short – term expenses will be analysed. The possible combinations of variables that will give the best performances in terms of energy savings, emissions reduction and minimum cost of energy source will be considered. It will be required significant interactions with the consortium to collect data from building and circular economy researchers then analyse the data, develop strategies and models using LCA software and prepare reports and draft publications.

You will be working together with a supervisory team that brings together unique expertise in building services engineering and environmental sustainability. You will have an opportunity to work with the EU consortium of 21 partners from universities and companies and take part in the multidisciplinary research area at Brunel University London (BUL).

Training opportunities

BUL will provide training, technical and academic support. You will have an opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary research area that involves building services, and environmental assessment of the processes. You will develop transferable skills with engaging with different stakeholders and end-user companies.

Funding Notes

This PhD scholarship is part of a larger project “PRELUDE” and is supported by EU – Horizon 2020. The scholarship covers annual living expenses of £16,500 - £17,000 depending on experience and UK/EU tuition fees. Please note that the studentship will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. For more information about this PhD opportunity, feel free to contact Dr. Valentina Stojceska at valentina.stojceska@brunel.ac.uk or Prof. Maria Kolokotroni at maria.kolokotroni@brunel.ac.uk.


The successful candidate will possess minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science/ Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering or equivalent qualification(s). Degree in MPhIl, MEng, MSc or industrial experience in sustainable energy and/or knowledge in Life Cycling Assessment’s software such as SimaPro 9 and GABI would be an advantage.

How to apply

Please email all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk; valentina.stojceska@brunel.ac.uk and maria.kolokotroni@brunel.ac.uk by 26 February, 2021.


  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A one A4 page personal statement comprehensively summarising your skills and experience;
  • Your degree transcripts and certificates
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Name and contact details for two academic referees.

Interviews will take place during the second week of March, 2021.