Graduate School of the Environment

New Skills for a New Future


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

February 2016

Jane Fisher (co-author), Pedobiologia - Journal of Soil Ecology

Protist diversity on a nature reserve in NW England—With particular reference to their role in soil biogenic silicon pools

November 2015

Peter Kästel and Bryce Gilroy-Scott, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Economics of pooling small, local electricity prosumers

A study of the economics of small scale renewable energy production and consumption.

September 2015

The Zero Carbon Britain research team with Track 0

Who’s Getting Ready for Zero?

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.

September 2015

Shemaiah Weeks et al., Renewable Energy

Long-term wind resource assessment for small and medium-scale turbines using operational forecast data and measure–correlate–predict

June 2015

Lucy Jones (co-author), Energy and Buildings

Prioritisation of old apartment buildings for energy-efficient refurbishment based on the effects of building features on energy consumption in South Korea

Our sustainable building specialist Lucy Jones contributes to an article with other researchers from the University of Sheffield

April 2015

The Zero Carbon Britain research team, Carbon Management

Toward understanding the challenges and opportunities in managing hourly variability in a 100% renewable energy system for the UK

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.

October 2014

Tim Coleridge, The Architectural Review

Pandering to Bamboo

Is raising the profile of bamboo as a building material for high-rise useful or irresponsible?

March 2014,

Dr Frances Hill (co-author), Construction & Building Technology

Influence of display cabinet cooling on performance of supermarket buildings

February 2014

Lucy Jones, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning

Living-With Others, Living-With an ‘Eco-Home’: From Frustration to Transformation in an Eco-Development

Older Research Publications...

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.

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:

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.

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