EPSRC DTP PhD studentship: Estimating the effect of climate change on buildings using advanced statistics

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Main supervisor: Peter Challenor (University of Exeter)
Co-supervisor: Dr Matthew Eames (University of Exeter)

Project Description:
Climate change over the next few decades will affect the way we design buildings. In particular improved insulation and rising temperatures could mean that overheating becomes a serious problem, in both domestic and public buildings (particularly in hospitals). In this PhD we will study the effect of climate change on the thermal properties of buildings. We will use mathematical models of buildings driven by stochastic weather files. These allow us to model the variability in weather. Running the full numerical model of a building is computationally expensive so we build an emulator for this model. An emulator is a fast statistical approximation to the full expensive numerical code. Because we are using stochastic weather fields to drive the model we will need to derive new stochastic emulators that preserve the uncertainty coming from the weather files. Once we have built the emulator we will explore the effect of different future climates and building designs on thermal performance (and overheating). We will investigate the possibility of optimal design for the thermal performance of buildings which will last for the next 50-100 years.

Funding Minimum
3.5 year studentship: UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £14,296 per year.

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The majority of the studentships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK and are classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes.  If you have not resided in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship, you are not eligible for a maintenance allowance so you would need an alternative source of funding for living costs. To be eligible for fees only funding you must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU.

Applicants who are classed as International for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding.

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