Bio-inspired and bio-integrated smart building technologies integrated into novel modular wall system

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Chemical Engineering


Future cities require becoming smarter, more efficient, greener, and more sustainable due to global and local changes associated with climate change, resource shortages, demographic changes, and increasing urbanization, all of which will stretch them to their limits. These factors force us to think in different ways. Smart building technologies have evolved from an environmental idealism to a long-term business for the last two decades. In 2012 companies spent $5.5 billion on smart buildings worldwide, which will rise to $18.1 billion by 2017 and shows the value of research potential. Critical views see the smart buildings agenda driven by companies, which mostly have an interest in selling their technology and could deny what people actually need. However, one of the biggest challenges are the different life cycles of technology and buildings, which raises environmental complications in terms of retrofitting the technologies in existing buildings without the need for expensive modernisations.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R512400/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
1926173 Studentship EP/R512400/1 30/09/2017 29/09/2021 Malica Schmidt