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Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)

The Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation in the School of the Built Environment (SoBE) is a vibrant and prolific centre of research excellence, recognised globally for our research impact and outcomes. The team is multi-disciplinary and is currently engaged in addressing complex socio-technical problems around informatics, innovation and energy consumption in the built environment. The research centre includes three major research groups:

Built Environment Informatics Research Group is focused on the development and transformation of the built environment through digital innovation and technologies; facilitated by the combinatory aspects of people, process, technology and information. The team incorporates a range of “state of the art” research areas dealing with visualisation and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Construction and Property Management Research Group encompasses our research strengths and critical mass in the issues encountered during conception, procurement, project execution, facilities management and end of life activities for Built Environment. 

Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group (ABERG) is focused on establishing an evidence base to better understand and address the issues of energy consumption in buildings. The team covers a wide range of disciplines including building performance, electrical engineering, construction management, design and social sciences.

Latest news

Fri 5 Jan 2018

There is a growing body of opinion that holds that researchers have a responsibility to articulate the impact of their research to non-academic audiences. Indeed, the way in which research funding is allocated now increasingly reflects researchers’ ability to generate and demonstrate impact. A renewed emphasis on the importance of both planning and evidencing research […]

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Tue 25 Apr 2017

In December, Prof Mark Reed, Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation at Newcastle University and the man behind Fast Track Impact, tweeted some thoughts on how to write a 4* paper for the REF and wrote a blog about it. This post is published here with the author’s permission. How do you write a 4* paper for […]

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Mon 24 Apr 2017

THE University of Salford will lead the way in helping to create more energy efficient cities, after receiving a €425,000 grant from the EU. Buildings waste huge amounts of energy but annually just 1-2% of the building stock of cities is upgraded for efficiency – a process known as retrofitting. It is estimated that the […]

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Mon 3 Apr 2017

Building upon the successful collaboration from last year, University of Salford will partner with the Economic and Social Research Council, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University to deliver the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science. The aim of the Festival is to showcase Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. Last […]

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Mon 6 Mar 2017

As a researcher, sharing your work is essential to furthering the discussion, development and potentially even funding of your findings. The sheer quantity of guides available on “how to write” and “how to target X journal” perhaps signifying the impact of targeting the right place and the best audience for your research. Before reaching the stage of submitting in […]

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Mon 19 Dec 2016

The School of Built Environment’s Professor Jason Underwood wass an invited keynote alongside Chris Boardman, MBE and former British and Olympic cyclist, at an event organised by the global technology organisation Trimble Solutions/Tekla on 1st December. The event was focused  on the people aspect of collaboration and digital construction entitled “People Count – the culture of digital […]

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