Graduate School of the Environment at Centre for Alternative Technology

Graduate School at the Centre for Alternative Technology
New Skills for a New Future

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Research

The Centre for Alternative Technology provides an ideal venue and inspiration for research in the field of sustainable architecture and renewable energy, with over 35 years' practical experience and many working examples of building methods and renewable technologies on site. This provides a unique environment for study, with access to leading experts in their fields.

Recent research publications


Rhydwen R. & Wright M. & Miskin N. & Flower A., Butler A.  (2012) Dry-lining versus a hemp and lime insulating render for internal thermal renovation of a stone cottage in West Wales, including embodied energy assessment, interstitial wall monitoring, In-situ U-Value and WUFI modelling. Retrofit 2012 Academic Conference, Salford University (2012). (Awarded Best paper at Conference)

Roper, J. & Rhydwen, R. (2012) Where is the best place for a radiator in a UK domestic room? 
Advances in Computing and Technology: 7th Annual Conference, London: University of East London (2012).
 
Morgan, J. Rhydwen, R. Wijeyesekera,  D.C. (2012) An Investigation into structural capabilities and suitability for mainstream construction of hemp and clay lightweight blocks, Advances in Computing and Technology: 7th Annual Conference, London: University of East London (2012)

Sadler, C. H. Rhydwen, R.. Wijeyesekera, D.C. (2012) An investigation of the acute hygric properties of hemp and binder, Advances in Computing and Technology: 7th Annual Conference, London: University of East London (2012).
 
Holcroft, N.  Rhydwen, R. (2012) Effects of evaporative cooling of drying hemp-lime walls on heating load, GSE_CAT Science Symposium, GSE Oct 2011.

McInerney, M. and Tucker, S. (2012) Renewable versus Non-Renewable Building Fabric: A comparative study of the effect of material choice on the embodied energy and global warming potential of low energy dwellings, Advances in Computing and Technology: 7th Annual Conference, London: University of East London

Brooks, J. and Tucker, S. (2012) Key challenges and solutions to increasing energy efficiency through insulation of existing post-1930s blocks of flats in the private housing sector, Advances in Computing and Technology: 7th Annual Conference, London: University of East London

Solomons, N. and Tucker, S. (2012) The potential for interstitial condensation when retrofitting insulation to Victorian solid brick walls –a hygrothermal study, Advances in Computing and Technology: 7th Annual Conference, London: University of East London

Butler, T., Littlewood, J & Tucker, S. (2011) Investigating the potential benefits and risks for low to zero energy air sourced earth coupled cooling and heating systems, CIBSE Technical Symposium: 06 September, 2011, De Montfort University

Beal, D. Littlewood, J. R. & Tucker, S. (2011) How can the Transition Movement help tenant/landlord relations in a small rural community? International Built & Human Environment Research Week 2011, University of Salford

Corner, A. & Randall, A., (2011) Selling climate change? The limitations of social marketing as a strategy for climate change public engagement, Global Environmental Change, Volume 21, Issue 3, August 2011, pp 1005-1014

Latif, E., Tucker, S, Wijeyesekera, D. C. (2011) Fibrous hemp insulation: An initial study of its thermal and hygric properties, International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS): 17th Annual Conference, New York 08-10 May. New York: Columbia University

Rhydwen, R., Tucker, S., Butler, A., Wijeyesekera, C. (2011) An initial report into thermal performance of hemp lime wall sections in the WISE building at CAT. Advances in Computing and Technology: 6th Annual Conference, London: University of East London ISBN 978-0-9564747-1-1.

Latif, E., Rhydwen, R., Pruteanu, M., Wijeyesekera, C., Tucker, S., Ciupala, MA., Newport, D. (2011) Thermal conductivity of building materials: an overview of its determination. Advances in Computing and Technology: 6th Annual Conference, London: University of East London ISBN 978-0-9564747-1-1.

Rhydwen R. (2011) Consideration of an upfront Fixed Carbon Budget, Climate Change Research Review & Workshop, Climate Change Consortium of Wales, Aberystwyth, April 2011, http://www.climatechangewales.ac.uk/documents/conf11/C3W_abstracts.pdf accessed April 2012.

Holcroft, N., Rhydwen, R., Butler, A., Wijeyesekera, C., (2010) Investigation into the effect of different dynamic heating profiles on the thermal performance of hemp-binder walls, Advances in Computing and Technology: 6th Annual Conference, London: University of East London (paper accepted).

Wilkinson, S., Rhydwen, R., Wijeyesekera, C., (2010) A study of the moisture buffering potential of hemp and binder insulating walls, Advances in Computing and Technology: 6th Annual Conference, London: University of East London (paper accepted).

Latif, E., and Tucker, S., (2010) An investigation into the impact of adding an operable thermal insulation layer to an uninsulated metal roof in a free running building, ICBEDC 2010 - 4th International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries, Penang, Malaysia.

Linsley-Hood, D., Butler, A., Jollins, M., Littlewood, J., and Tucker, S. (2010) The viability of small scale biomass combined heat and power for the UK - initial findings from case study research, Conference Proceedings of ‘Energy in the City’, International Solar Energy Society, 23-24 June 2010, London.

Latif, E., Wijeyesekera, D.C., Newport, D., Tucker, S., (2010) Potential for research on hemp insulation in the UK construction sector, Proceedings of the Advances in Computing and Technology, University of East London, 2010, pp143-150, ISBN 978-0-9564747-0-4.

Busbridge R &Rhydwen R. (2010) An investigation of the thermal properties of hemp and clay monolithic walls, Advances in Computing & Technology: 5th Conference, University of East London (2010).

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