Research projects within the Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research

The Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research (CABER) have projects in facilities management, conservation, sustainable buildings and related studies. See how our current and past projects make a difference.

Current projects

Marine conservation

The sustainable commercial exploitation of the oceans remains one of the defining challenges of our generation. This project uses established commercial development practice on land to resolve the issues facing the ocean.

Application of real estate management solutions to the marine environment

Achieving urban flood resilience in an uncertain future

The project aims to enable the co-ordinated planning, design and operation of closely coupled urban water systems necessary to achieve transformative change in urban flood risk and water management.

It investigates how planning, design, operation and organisation of both existing and new urban water systems might be envisaged and transformed in order to deliver multiple benefits (including flood resilience) under flood, normal. This includes UWE Bristol research that explores citizens' interactions with blue-green and grey infrastructure. Specifically to demonstrate how citizens’ priorities and the reality of their lifestyles, communities, and neighbourhoods affect their understanding of and support for B/G+G (Blue-Green and Grey)  innovation.

Achieving urban flood resilience

Chopping shopping

Research on the past and future of retail real estate investment.

Chopping shopping

Critical Urban Buildings Emergency Response (CUBER)

CUBER is an intelligent decision support system to support critical built facilities emergency preparedness and response to extreme urban buildings emergency response.


Delivering municipal services through effective procurement of local infrastructure

The purpose of this research project is to investigate the capacity building needs of government agencies to achieve value for money, transparency and sustainability in the procurement of local infrastructure for the delivery of essential municipal services in Nigeria.

Urbanisation Research Nigeria

Heating controls: International evidence base and policy experiences 

A systematic evidence of review of the energy and cost savings potential of heating controls in domestic settings.

Heating controls: International evidence base and policy experiences 

Immersive BIM-based approach for Furniture, Fixture and Equipment (FFE) design for buildings

Research explores the application of immersive technologies within the Furniture, Fixture and Equipment sector.

Immersive BIM-based approach for FFE Design for Buildings 

Improving design for safety

A web-based design for safety capability maturity indicator (DFS-CMI) tool for the construction sector.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Placing a valuation on the UK's fishery

Scotland’s fisheries have been given to a few big operators due to lucrative quotas. Experts on property law have called for new legislation, otherwise these operators will continue selling the rights to foreign firms.

Learn more about the valuation project via The Times.

Reducing floodwater ingress rates in buildings

This study provides experimental insights of replicated and repeated field tests that compare floodwater ingress rates through masonry walls of domestic buildings, before and after preparation with different water repellent impregnating fluid treatments.

Reducing Floodwater Ingress Rates in Buildings

Residential building energy demand reduction in India (RESIDE)

The RESIDE project will help support the improvement of living conditions for millions of Indian citizens through establishing the knowledge base to develop a residential building code for high quality, low-energy housing across all five climatic zones in India.  Residential buildings make up the majority of building energy use in India - using nearly 6.5 times more  than commercial and public services sector, and consumption is expected to grow four-fold by 2030 due to an ever-increasing GDP, the number of urban households increases, alongside a greater penetration of electrical appliances. This offers tremendous scope and untapped potential for energy demand reduction in this sector.

RESIDE project

Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM)

This project involves smart heritage building performance measurement for sustainability. In other words, measurement techniques that allow for the repurposing and modifying of occupied heritage buildings.

HBIM project

Past projects

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