The Centre for Alternative Technology provides an ideal venue and inspiration for research in the field of sustainable architecture and renewable energy, with over 40 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.
Latest publications from the team
Peter Kästel and Bryce Gilroy-Scott, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
A study of the economics of small scale renewable energy production and consumption.
The Zero Carbon Britain research team with Track 0
The report draws together results from over 100 research projects and programmes around the world that demonstrate how we can reach very low or net zero emissions by the second half of the century with existing technology and without harming social or economic development.
Shemaiah Weeks et al., Renewable Energy
Lucy Jones (co-author), Energy and Buildings
Our sustainable building specialist Lucy Jones contributes to an article with other researchers from the University of Sheffield
The Zero Carbon Britain research team, Carbon Management
An article outlining an hourly energy model based on 10 years of weather data as part of the Zero Carbon Britain research undertaken by CAT.
Tim Coleridge, The Architectural Review
Is raising the profile of bamboo as a building material for high-rise useful or irresponsible?
Frances Hill (co-author), Construction & Building Technology
Lucy Jones, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
Hemp Building Research
This research aims to appraise and quantify the claims that hemp shiv combined with a cementitious binder (e.g. clay or lime) has the potential to be an energy saving, biodiversity enhancing, carbon sequestering (removing), environmentally enhancing and economically viable insulating building material. Read more…
Zero Carbon Britain
Zero Carbon Britain is the flagship research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology, showing that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.
The project was started by students at CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment in 2007-08, and the first report was based on their work. Since then, a dedicated research team at CAT has developed the work, producing several further reports. The latest summary report of the integrated scenario was published in 2013, and several further pieces of work have been published since then:
- Article in Carbon Management: Managing Variability in 100% Renewable Energy Systems (April 2015)
- Online Tool: Open Source Energy Model
- Online Tool: Laura’s Larder: The first online tool that allows you to see the impact of your diet in terms of health and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Report: Who’s Getting Ready for Zero? A report on the state of play of zero carbon modelling (September 2015)
- Report: Culture Shift: How Artists are responding to Sustainability in Wales (November 2014)
- Report: People, Plate and Planet: The impact of dietary choices on health, greenhouse gas emissions and land use (September 2014)
The latest project from the Zero Carbon Britain team is called Zero Carbon: Making it Happen. The project aims to identify both the barriers to achieving a zero carbon future, and the means to overcome them. Over the next 12 months, we will be building dialogues with researchers working in economics, psychology, sociology, community, history, politics, law, democracy, arts, culture, business & the media. We also want to include insights from those working practically on the ground: organisations delivering renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, food security and provenance, land-based projects, and more. There are many opportunities for students to contribute to this research.