CASE seeks Post-Doc Research Associate

The Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment at the Kent School of Architecture is seeking to appoint a post-doc research associate in the area of sustainable built environment and urban climate for the new three-year EPSRC-funded project ‘Urban albedo computation in high latitude locations: an experimental approach‘, an exciting collaboration between the University of Kent, Brunel and Loughborough University.

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CASE PhD Seminar: Leonidas Tsichritzis

CASE student Leonidas Tsichritzis will be holding a PhD Seminar on 10 May at 3.30PM in room W1-SR2.

The effect of urban geometry on pedestrian level winds

The Preliminary Results

Urban geometry influences almost exclusively the wind speeds at lower levels of the urban canopy layer affecting pedestrians’ comfort and the quality of urban environment. Such considerations have been taken into account from architects and planners in cold climatic context with very high buildings, such as in northern America while more recently such importance is being recognised in European temperate climates. With a focus on London, this study aims to assess the preliminary results obtained through CFD simulations, the magnitude of the impact of urban geometry on pedestrian level wind environment indicating the characteristics of urban geometry that dominate wind speeds around buildings.

The main objectives of this talk will be the following:

  • Urban geometry analysis
  • Methodology
  • Sensitivity studies
  • Initial results

CASE Open Lectures presents Chris Twinn from Twinn Sustainability

On Tuesday 21st March 2017, Chris Twinn from the Twinn Sustainability will give a CASE Open Lecture entitled ‘Where is Sustainability going next?’ The lecture will take place in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1 at 6PM.

Sustainability is about to take a big change in direction, changing fundamentally how we design buildings. It finally brings together the Social, Economic and Environmental Triple Bottom Line. As built environment professionals, we are missing a bigger picture when we simply tick-box BREEAM / LEED / WELL. While we focus on this low-level compliance, sustainability is about to take a whole new direction. Why is this, and what will drive it into mainstream. How can this be turned into an opportunity?  And how will this directly affect our next generation design of buildings? Chris will lead an exploration of what is waiting around the corner.

With a background in building design, planning and site implementation, Chris has formed his own specialist sustainability consultancy following 28 years with Arup, as a director and Arup Fellow. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, review panellist for Design Council:CABE and Historic England among others, and an EDGE committee member.

His projects have been worldwide, including many extra-low resource-use prototypes and exemplars. These include the BedZED project, Portcullis House, CSH6* Kingspan Lighthouse, numerous BREEAM firsts, Kings Cross Central masterplan, and many others. Chris worked in China for 3 years on a range of Eco-city masterplanning and zero carbon projects. The premise behind much of his current work is that sustainability should cost less than business-as-usual.

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Professor Maria Kolokotroni to give upcoming CASE Open Lecture

The upcoming CASE Open Lecture will be given by Professor Maria Kolokotromi from Brunel University. Her talk entitled ‘Urban Heat Island: it’s impact on energy demand by buildings’ will be given on Tuesday 28th February at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Maria Kolokotroni is Professor in the Department of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London and she leads the theme for Resource Efficient Future Cities in the Institute of Energy Futures.  Professor Kolokotroni studied Architectural Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and University College London.  She carried post-doctoral studies in the field of building ventilation and low energy cooling at the University of Westminster followed by five years with the Indoor Environment Group at the Building Research Establishment, UK.  She is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers) and member of ASHRAE (American Society of Hearing Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) and IE (Institute of Energy). She is a member of IEA (International Energy Agency) AIVC (Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre) Board and currently participates to the international project ‘Annex 62 – Ventilative Cooling’ by the IEA EBC (Energy in Buildings and Communities).  She has co-ordinated and participated to a number of UK, European and International projects on energy, low energy cooling and ventilation, urban heat island (quantification for London and its impact on energy demand by buildings) and mitigation strategies such as cool materials as well as the impact of climate change on the energy performance of buildings and urban areas.

The talk will focus on buildings and the city, and why the energy use differs from rural areas. It will describe the urban heat island of London as revealed by measuring air temperature across the city, its impact on building energy demand and what future adaptation measures might improve energy efficiency.


Dr Richard Watkins conducts air flow experiment at Canterbury Cathedral

Dr Richard Watkins, lecturer and senior tutor in Sustainable Architecture at Kent School of Architecture has developed a system using helium-filled balloons to track air flow around the Nave of Canterbury Cathedral. Our MSc Architecture and the Sustainable Environment students Sam Leatt, Sukanya Ravi and Yikun Shang, along with Dr Giridharan Renganathan from Kent School of Architecture were in participation at the experiment which took place on Thursday evening.

For more information, please click here which will take you to the brilliant article on Canterbury Cathedral’s news page.

The video below by Canterbury Cathedral documents the experiment in action!

First CASE Open Lecture 2016/17 presents Marylis Ramos from PRP Architects

CASE kicks off the Open Lecture series for 2016/17 with Marylis Ramos, with her talk entitled ‘Future Cities: resilience, zero carbon, and wellbeing‘ on Tuesday 18th October at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Marylis is the Director of Sustainability and Research at PRP Architects – an award winning architectural practice specialising in the residential and specialist housing design and urban regeneration, heading a team of sustainability and energy consultants as well as leading on industry-based research projects.  She is an author of the Zero Carbon Hub’s ‘Zero Carbon Compendium’ and the World Green Building Council’s ‘Business Case for Green Buildings report, and more recently has authored and co-chaired the UK Green Building Council’s ‘Health and Well-being in Homes’ report.

Marylis’ talk will take us on a journey around the world, looking at current and emerging best practice in Zero Carbon Cities and Communities, the emergence of ‘smart’ cities, and discuss the idea of resilience to changes in future climate and how this resilience can be brought into the design process, focusing on issues related to overheating, health and well-being in homes.  This talk will draw on a combination of industry research and real-life case studies from PRP, and will showcase Marylis’ highly visual and interactive presentation style.


Dr. Schoenefeldt speaks about Houses of Parliament Restoration in Canterbury

Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt, who is currently leading a research project feeding into the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme, will be speaking in Canterbury on 10 October. The talk is entitled ‘Preserving Parliament: Reusing the Past to sustain the Future.’  He will talk about his current work, including his study of the historic stack ventilation system and his involvement in the first ever systematic physical survey of the Palace of Westminster.

This event will be held at St. Paul’s Church, Church Street,  Canterbury. It starts at 7.15pm with a meal in the parish centre followed by the talk at 8.15pm in the church itself. To book spaces for the meal, please contact the parish office (, 01227 768072). To attend the talk no bookings are required.

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Dr Giridharan Renganathan receives prestigious medal for his work

CASE member Dr Giridharan Renganathan won the 2016 Carter Bronze medal for most highly rated paper relating to application and development. Giridharan’s paper “A medium-rise 1970s maternity hospital in the east of England: Resilience and adaptation to climate change” was published in CIBSE’s technical journal Building Services Engineering Research & Technology, one of the leading, international peer-reviewed journals publishing original research relevant to today’s Built Environment. The paper was co-written with Prof. Alan Short from the University of Cambridge and Prof. Kevin Lomas from the University of Loughborough. It investigated the degree of overheating at the Rosie maternity unit of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where mothers, babies and staff can endure summer temperatures of over 30°C, along with what can be done to improve resilience at the 1983 facility.

New book on Urban Climate Challenges in the Tropics

Dr. Giridharan Renganathan has written a chapter on ‘Urban Climate Modelling: Challenges in the Tropics’ in the new book on Urban Climate Challenges in the Tropics, an area which has received little attention in the past.  This chapter while highlighting the importance of climate modelling in the context of urban planning and design, presents both the energetics of urban tropics and its modelling.  It also presents the readily available modelling options for tropics while discussing a fast changing area of research.  In summary, the chapter deals with energy and mass exchange in urban areas, tropical climate and characteristics of urban morphology, modelling in the context of urban design, urban canopy layer modelling options, and parameterisation of critical urban variables for modelling.

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