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School of the Built Environment


Energy HouseThe School of Built Environment has a long tradition of working with industry. Delivering commercial research projects and consultancy not only keeps the work we do relevant and practical, it also allows us to bring the newest ideas and approaches to help our industry partners. We have specialisms in a wide variety of areas and have worked with a large number of companies over the years, ranging from major multi-nationals to Small and Medium sized Enterprises.

  • Our expertise in energy and buildings has led to a wide number of projects, both in our award winning Salford Energy House and in the field. Our multi-disciplinary team have investigated issues such as the performance of specific technologies, including controls and insulation, as well looking at social factors such as fuel poverty. Our client base includes major companies such as Saint Gobain, Hitatchi Europe, Danfoss and Knauf Insulation. We work closely with a number of industry networks, as well as supporting Greater Manchester in their work around improving the built environment.
  • The award winning Thinklab team investigate the power of data – how it can be made more accessible and how it can help us shape our future places. Data visualizations and modelling help companies -such as Siemens - and organisations -such as the Environment Agency- to plan using unique tools to help shape and share data in a meaningful way.
  • The digital built environment team have built up a wealth of expertise on the use and implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Working with companies such as Links and BCEG International, the team have helped companies prepare for the major changes in working that BIM implementation can bring. Also, working with local schools, the team are supporting the next generation of BIM experts by providing support to teachers in the delivery of design, engineering and construction training.
  • We have developed expertise in construction improvement and host the KPI Engine, a performance management tool that has been used by major construction companies for more than 10 years. In addition, we have worked with organisations such as the Highways Agency to support their implementation of lean construction in their supply chains. Our commitment to construction improvement means that we support the North West Regional Construction Awards, for which we lead the judging panels.