Dr. Juan Antonio Ferriz-Papi
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
Lecturer in Building Surveying
My professional activity was developed in Spain (1997-2009), working as a site and construction manager, H&S coordinator and quality control for the construction of new dwellings, residential blocks and other commercial buildings. As well, I acted as a surveyor for existing buildings, residential and commercial, public and private, aftersales office, surveys to court, etc. I also participated as funder of one SME (2002-2009) to provide technical services to construction companies.
I have been working as a Lecturer since 2001. I started at the University of Alicante as a part-time Lecturer (2001-2009), and later as an assistant Lecturer (2009-2013). I participated in different projects, including Climate KIC – Pioneers into Practice.
I moved to the UK in 2015, when I started as a full-time Lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. During that period (2015-2020), I worked at the School of Built and Natural Environments and developed different activities about teaching, research and management at Higher Education. I created links with the construction industry in Wales and the UK as well as other universities and research institutions, nationally and internationally.
In May 2020, I started as a Lecturer in Building Surveying at the University of Salford, where I continue developing my career in both lecturing and research. Currently, I am running several (national and international) funded projects in circular economy in construction, creating links and collaborations with the construction industry in Greater Manchester, and initiating works with Energy House 2.0 and the Robotics Centre at the University of Salford.
Areas of research
Sustainable construction, Sustainable materials, Circular economy, Construction waste management, Embodied carbon, Carbon footprint
Areas of supervision
Circular economy in construction, Construction waste management, Recycled materials, Whole life carbon of buildings, Embodied carbon, Carbon footprint, End-of-service life of buildings and materials, Recycled aggregates
My expertise has been developed following my teaching commitments. I started teaching about construction materials and quality control (2001-2013), which provided a good technical background, at the same time I could apply to my professional practice.
Due to my personal interest and knowledge, I started teaching on sustainable construction in 2007, and I have developed a good background about it since then.
In my experience in the UK, I have taught modules in varied topics linked to Building Surveying, Project and Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Civil Engineering. Some of these modules were about construction methods, site management, and basic structural design. Sustainable construction has comprised several of these modules as well, including BREEAM assessment.
Since I started at University of Salford, I have been mainly involved in the Building Surveying programme, teaching about Technology, Building Surveying Practice and Design Studies. Currently, I am leading the process for a new Masters programme about Sustainable Buildings to be run from September 2023, in collaboration with Energy House 2.0.
My main research interest is about sustainable construction, carbon assessment and circular economy. I have worked in different projects and topics, such as: fresh concrete recycling; building conservation in Old Havana; energy efficiency and carbon footprint on university campus; life cycle assessment in construction; fused recycled glass performance and applications; construction mixed recycled aggregates higher-value uses.
Currently, I am leading a Higher Education Innovation Project for the creation of a Hub in circular economy in construction, and participating in a Horizon Europe project for automated solutions in construction waste management (>£0.75million value). Additionally, I am being integrated in the Energy House 2.0 to develop industry research collaborations regarding low impact materials and processes in new and existing homes.
My aspiration is to create, strengthen and consolidate networks from the University of Salford, nationally and internationally, in the field of circular economy and low impact materials during the following years and provide innovation and support to the construction industry to achieve zero (energy and waste) targets.
Particularly, I am interested in the following research topics:
- Circular economy: new innovative materials, reuse and recycling, higher value products, new markets and business models, standards and policies for zero waste in construction, circularity assessment methods
- Construction waste management: waste traceability, waste reduction on site
- End-of-service-life of materials and buildings: material exposure and degradation, maintenance, repair and replacement analysis and processes, inspection techniques
- Building whole life carbon emissions: assessment methods for new and existing buildings, environmental data management, end of life assessment, low carbon technologies, building retrofitting
- Embodied carbon of materials: assessment methods, end-of life scenarios, carbon off-set, materials choice analysis, standardization and certification
- Architectural Technology/Building Engineering. Extraordinary Award. University of Alicante (1997)
- MSc Building Management. University of Alicante (2008)
- PhD in Building, Technology, Research and Development. Cum Laude. University of Alicante (2013)
- Postgraduate in Teaching in Higher Education. University of Wales Trinity Saint David (2020)
- Member of the Architectural Technology/Building Engineering Professional Institution in Alicante (1998-2017)
- Applicant member of CIOB (2017-present)
- Member of Circular Economy Research and Innovation group in Wales (2018-2020)
- Member of UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Circular Economy forum (2022-present)
- Participating in the Greater Manchester Sustainable Consumption and Production Challenge group (2022-present)