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Whole-life embodied carbon in multi-storey buildings: steel, concrete and timber structures

Journal Article
Hart, J., D'Amico, B., & Pomponi, F. (2021)
Whole-life embodied carbon in multi-storey buildings: steel, concrete and timber structures. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 25(2), 403-418. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.13139
Buildings and the construction industry are top contributors to climate change, and structures account for the largest share of the upfront greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst a ...

Analysing the life cycle greenhouse (GHG) emissions of cities: decoupling density from tallness

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Saint, R., Arehart, J. H., Gharavi, N., & D'Amico, B. (in press)
Analysing the life cycle greenhouse (GHG) emissions of cities: decoupling density from tallness. npj Urban Sustainability,
The UN estimate 2.5 billion new urban residents by 2050, thus further increasing global greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and energy demand, and the environmental impacts cause...

A New Estimate of Building Floor Space in North America

Journal Article
Arehart, J. H., Pomponi, F., D'Amico, B., & Srubar III, W. V. (2021)
A New Estimate of Building Floor Space in North America. Environmental Science and Technology, 55(8), 5161-5170. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c05081
Floor space is a key variable used to understand the energy and material demands of buildings. Using recent datasets of building footprints, we employ a random forest regressi...

The greenhouse gas emissions of nuclear energy – Life cycle assessment of a European pressurised reactor

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., & Hart, J. (2021)
The greenhouse gas emissions of nuclear energy – Life cycle assessment of a European pressurised reactor. Applied Energy, 290, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116743
Nuclear energy contributes ~10% of the global electricity generation and different views exist on its carbon-intensity and sustainability. Context is crucial to determine the ...

A circular economy: where will it take us?

Journal Article
Hart, J., & Pomponi, F. (in press)
A circular economy: where will it take us?. Circular Economy and Sustainability, https://doi.org/10.1007/s43615-021-00013-4
The avalanche of environmental challenges, from local to global and back, has prompted responses at all levels from personal to inter-governmental. The results of these respon...

Carbon Sequestration and Storage in the Built Environment

Journal Article
Arehart, J. H., Hart, J., Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (2021)
Carbon Sequestration and Storage in the Built Environment. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 27, 1047-1063. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2021.02.028
The increasing interest in bio-based construction materials has resulted in the emergence of the concept of “buildings as a carbon sink”. Quantifying and comparing the effects...

Water, energy, and carbon dioxide footprints of the construction sector: a case study on developed and developing economies

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., & Stephan, A. (2021)
Water, energy, and carbon dioxide footprints of the construction sector: a case study on developed and developing economies. Water Research, 194, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.116935
Buildings and construction are major driver of anthropogenic environmental effects. While energy use and CO2 emissions of buildings and construction have been quantified, thei...

Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts

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Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (2020)
Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts. MDPI. https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03943-816-7

A Novel Method for Estimating Emissions Reductions Caused by the Restriction of Mobility: The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Li, M., Sun, Y., Malik, A., Lenzen, M., Fountas, G., …Luque Anguita, M. (2021)
A Novel Method for Estimating Emissions Reductions Caused by the Restriction of Mobility: The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 8(1), 46-52. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00764
The COVID-19 pandemic is the single largest event in contemporary history for global mobility restriction, with the majority of the world population experiencing various forms...

Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., & D’Amico, B. (2020)
Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts. Sustainability, 12(21), https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219189
Projected population growth and urbanization rates will create a huge demand for new buildings and put an unprecedented pressure on the natural environment and its limited res...
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SHELTERs: Sustainable Homes Enabling the Long Term Empowerment of Refugees

2020 - 2023
This project addresses this major moral, humanitarian, and knowledge gap by following on from a highly successful seed-funded project, which developed—through participatory design and interdisciplinar...
Funder: Royal Academy of Engineering | Value: £299,712

Research informed teaching of sustainable development in South Africa: The case of 'Local' Building Materials and their Environmental impacts

2019 - 2021
The study examines the properties and benefits of selected local materials (such as clay and recycled elements) and whether their use as construction materials enhances environmental protection. The r...
Funder: Royal Academy of Engineering | Value: £10,000

InFutUReWood

2019 - 2022
Timber and construction research
Funder: European Commission | Value: £122,942

Circular design of emergency sheltering for Africa: a holistic approach

2018 - 2019
Africa is the continent with the highest number of displaced people due to wars, humanitarian crises, resource scarcity, and extreme climate events. Emergency sheltering always sets out with the best ...
Funder: Royal Academy of Engineering | Value: £38,887

Getting the numbers right and getting the right numbers: quantifying the embodied carbon of building structures

2018 - 2019
Building-related carbon emissions in the UK total over 200MtCO2e, which is more than 40% of the national figure. The correct measurement of the embodied carbon of structural materials would enable a r...
Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | Value: £100,852

Informational Database for Sustainable and Energy Efficient materials in sub-Saharan Africa

2018 - 2019
The population in Africa is growing rapidly, and thus the urbanization is accelerated. The need for detailed information on the performance of materials is a crucial part of the decision-making proces...
Funder: Royal Academy of Engineering
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Prediction of global energy consumption with the development of the global economy

2021 - date
Ruizhe Ma | Director of Studies: Dr Francesco Pomponi | Second Supervisor: Dr Bernardino D'Amico

Will hemp become a mainstream building material in North America?

2020 - date
Chun Hua Liu | Director of Studies: Dr Francesco Pomponi | Second Supervisor: Dr Bernardino D'Amico

Biogenic construction materials for a circular economy and climate change mitigation: scalability and sustainability

2018 - date
Jim Hart | Director of Studies: Dr Francesco Pomponi | Second Supervisor: Dr Bernardino D'Amico

Circular refurbishment and adaptability for the British non-domestic stock

2018 - 2022
Non-domestic buildings are likely to change to domestic use as there is an evident surplus over time across the UK, and their ...
Miss Ana Karen Hernandez Garcia | Director of Studies: Dr Suha Jaradat | Second Supervisor: Dr Francesco Pomponi

Life cycle assessment of energy efficiency upgrades in residential buildings based on government approaches to reduce carbon emissions of the built environment.

2018 - date
Ina Peukes | Director of Studies: Dr Francesco Pomponi | Second Supervisor: Dr Bernardino D'Amico

A social equity analysis in Scottish transport policy

2018 - date
Alan Rehfisch | Director of Studies: Dr Jonathan Cowie | Second Supervisor: Dr Achille Fonzone

Interdisciplinary systematic approach for anticipatory decision making in cities

2018 - date
Mr Ricardo Weigend | Director of Studies: Dr Francesco Pomponi | Second Supervisor: Dr Bernardino D'Amico

Performance and environmental sustainability assessment of an integrated solar water heater designed for disassembly, under Scottish weather conditions

2016 - date
"In the field of solar thermal technology there a...
Ruth Saint | Director of Studies: Prof John Currie | Second Supervisor: Dr Celine Garnier

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