UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Energy, Moisture & Air Quality

UKCMB Moisture

Buildings are complex, dynamic, socio-technical systems seeking to provide solutions to a multitude of sometimes ill-defined and conflicting design issues. Through our research, we aim to improve the design, operation and environmental quality of buildings. We do this by providing timely, impartial information on design techniques and building technologies as well as developing novel engineering tools to help industry deliver truly sustainable buildings.

Our researchers are pioneering the development of integrated multi-variable built environment data frameworks. Our building and building stock performance modelling and analysis involves developing a digital model that usefully represents a complex system. We use these digital models to predict, assess and analyse the dynamic and complex interactions that influence environmental performance. This informs policy-makers and supports the decision-making process for building design and operation. Finally, air quality and hygrothermal measuring, monitoring and testing research involves environmental chambers, extensive field environmental monitoring, detailed building and social surveys, and interventions in people’s homes and workplaces.

Research Topics
  • Building performance analysis
  • Building performance modelling
  • Building stock performance modelling and data analytics
  • Energy and environmental benchmarking
  • Designing healthy and low-energy buildings
  • Smart buildings
  • Low energy building retrofit
  • Moisture in buildings
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Multi-objective design optimisation
Research Projects
  • CIBSE Energy Benchmarking
  • Climate Resilience of Care Settings
  • IEA EBC Annex 79: Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation
  • Moisture in Buildings: UKCMB
MSc Programmes
PhD Supervisors and Investigators

Hector Altamirano
Esfand Burman
Ben Croxford
Mike Davies
Sung-Min Hong
Ivan Korolija
Anna Mavrogianni
Dejan Mumovic
Rokia Raslan
Dimitrios Rovas
Farhang Tahmasebi
Marcella Ucci