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Support a Collaborative Research Project

It never rains but it pours...SoPHE plans to support research into resilience of buildings to extreme weather events.
 
Would you like to support a collaborative research project between CIBSE and the University of West London?
 
article-2557462-1B6A41B900000578-27_964x616SoPHE have a great opportunity for you to provide advisory support to the researcher as part of a 3 year project (commenced in September 2015) which aims to study the effect of extreme weather events on the resilience of buildings. More specifically this research will look into the impact of extreme hot, extreme cold, strong winds and heavy rainfall on a variety of building types. Their vulnerability to each of the extreme events will be assessed and analysed, the purpose of the study is to identify and present solutions towards increasing the resilience of buildings to those extreme weather events with the impact on public health engineering of prime significance and importance.

SoPHE

SoPHE are looking for a suitable society member to provide a liaison and support role to the researcher during the remaining 30 month period. The successful candidate should be a good communicator with at least 5 years public health engineering design experience and willing to provide voluntary support for approximately 2-4 hours per month. The initial appointment will be for a 12 month period starting from December 2015 and will be reviewed thereafter with a view to extending for a further 18 months.
 
Much of the liaison work can be undertaken remotely therefore limited travel to the University of West London or CIBSE HQ is necessary. The opportunity will not only provide valued support to the research being carried out but also a great experience for the successful candidate.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2015. We will acknowledge all applications and the successful candidate will be notified no later than 15th November 2015.

What you need to do

For further details relating to the research project please email chairman@sophe.co.uk  The position is open to SoPHE Associate members or above with at least 5 years design experience within public health engineering. If you would like to assist in this much needed and valued project please send your CV and a covering letter explaining in no more than 300 words why you will be suitable for the role to chairman@sophe.co.uk
 
Good luck!
Steve Vaughan
CIBSE SoPHE Chair

Further details on the research project

This 3 year project is a collaboration between CIBSE and the University of West London, it aims to study the effect of extreme weather events on the resilience of buildings. More specifically this research will look into the impact of extreme hot, extreme cold, strong winds and heavy rainfall on a variety of building types. Their vulnerability to each of the extreme events will be assessed and analysed. The purpose of the study is to identify and present solutions towards increasing the resilience of buildings to those extreme weather events.

SoPHE

 Our climate is changing and current research suggests we can expect to experience warmer and wetter winters, hotter and drier summers, rising sea levels and more extreme weather events. The impacts of those changes are already visible. According to the Met Office the two month period of December 2013 to January 2014 was for England and Wales one of, if not the most, exceptional periods of winter rainfall in at least 248 years. The changes of the climate will affect the performance of new and existing buildings. In order to estimate the effect of heavy rainfall suitable weather data will be generated and will be used to perform software simulations. Based on the simulation results, this research will aim to provide optimum drainage systems and water supply solutions for each of the examined cases. Furthermore it will explore water conservation possibilities which can be linked to extreme weather events, such as rainwater harvesting, which can reduce the wholesome water demand and reliance on the services infrastructure.
 
SoPHE is supporting this project by providing assistance to the researcher relating to the considerations that should be given to public health and fire protection services which will significantly help this research achieve its goals. SoPHE will provide suggestions on the methods and specific areas of study to ensure the applicability of the research outputs.
 
By Athanasios Lykartsis