The Building Envelope Research Network


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UCL BERN aims to be a thought leader on the building envelope field

In January 2022 UCL BERN hosted two high-level stakeholder engagement workshops designed to further UCL BERN’s external engagement ambition - to coordinate UCL's extensive technical knowledge of the building envelope into a coherent and comprehensive research programme, in collaboration with building envelope external stakeholders from industry, Government and academia.

Prof. Jose Torero Cullen, Professor, Civil Engineering and Head of UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and UCL BERN Steering Group Member was the leading workshop host, supported by five UCL BERN co-hosts. Twenty-one high-level external stakeholders from the building envelope communities also participated.

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UCL BERN stakeholder engagement workshops were designed to

• Engage with a range of influential stakeholders to collect diverse views from industry, academia, government and the professions that would help set research agendas.

• Identify where UCL BERN can add value to the wider building envelope community.

• Identify activities that UCL BERN should prioritise, utilising UCL’s expertise to address technical and social challenges and generate positive impact.

• Explore ways to categorise and map knowledge of the building envelope and identify current research gaps.

The discussion outcomes from both workshops have been turned into Bringing the building envelope into a safer, more integrated, sustainable built environment, a UCL BERN briefing focusing on key issues surrounding the building envelope, available to download below.