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The impact of climate change on building cooling requirements

If, as projected, peak summer temperatures rise over the coming decades, the cooling of buildings will become more important in temperate zones. Even if mitigation strategies to prevent buildings from trapping too much heat are adopted widely, there may be limits to what can be achieved through passive means. Furthermore, there are regular calls for the UK to move to double daylight saving time, but there are implications for how much energy buildings might require. Using various climate change scenarios, this project will examine the possible implications for energy demand for cooling loads in residential buildings.

Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper‐second class honours degree in an Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline.

A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage. Good mathematical skills are essential. In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and independently, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Colin Axon - Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Energy Futures. My research is about the use of energy in the urban environment and the limits to natural resources. My main areas of interest are in energy security, sustainability, transport, electricity networks, and resource efficiency. I use techniques and methods including the application of robust methods for metrics and indicators, and data mining and analytics.I have published more than 80 reviewed articles and technical reports.