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Research Fellow, Energy Consultant & Lecturer
Elsayah, O. S. (2016). A Framework for Improvement of Contractor Selection Procedures on Major Construction Project in Libya. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/453191
The construction sector constitutes one of the most important sectors in the economy of any country. Contractor selection is a critical decision that is undertaken by client o...
Smith, S., Hairstans, R., Macdonald, R. & Sanna, F. (2012). A strategic review of the offsite construction sector in Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish Government
The offsite construction sector covers a wide spectrum of companies and supply chains across Scotland. This study primarily involved a review of the offsite construction secto...
D'Amico, B., Pomponi, L., Montaruli, M., Alshawawreh, L., Snaddon, S., Moghayedi, A., …Pomponi, F. (2019, September). Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Emergency Shelters: A Holistic Approach. Poster presented at RISE Awards 2019
The constrained environment dominating Post-disaster Post-sheltering design solutions often results in a lack of consideration of sustainability and social dimensions. Neglect...
Forestry Commission Scotland
To undertake outreach activities to promote the finding of WPIF on behalf of Scottish Forestry.
Forestry Commission Scotland funds for Innovation Internships, learning journey and Holz Forum Mutual Placemaking Exercise
Scottish Funding Council
Our aim with aaltspace is to produce an enhanced innovative, lightweight timber framed building system that is visually distinct and beautiful to look at, flexible in use, environmentally considerate...
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Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
PhD Research Student
Director of Sustainable Construction
Duncheva, D. M., Calcagno, C., & Hairstans, P. R. (2019, September). Timber products for retrofit in the UK – market potential, applications analysis and next steps. Presented at Seminar on wood products in the round, Wood Technology Society of IOM3, organised by Daniel Ridley-Ellis
Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., & Hairstans, R. (2018, June). Sustainable Communities Premanufactured from Wood. Poster presented at Timber 2018
The UK produces high quantities of softwood timber through forestry plantations concentrated in Scotland, however this resource is currently under-used and its full potential ...
Duncheva, M., & Bradley, F. F. (2016, September). A comparison between Volumetric Timber Manufacturing Strategies in the UK and mainland Europe. Paper presented at Modular and Offsite Construction Summit (MOC), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
The construction sector in the UK is currently being challenged by an urgent need to produce housing. This requirement is within a context of increasingly stringent greenhouse...
Plowas, W., Bell, T., Hairstans, R., & Williamson, J. B. (2016, June). Understanding the compatibility of UK resource for dowel laminated timber construction. Paper presented at Integrated Design Conference
Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT also know as Brettstapel) is a technique of constructing large-scale solid timber panels for use as structural or non-structural elements. The tech...
Smith, S. (1998, January). Update report on additional theoretical investigations into inter-laboratory results. Paper presented at CEN TC126 WG1 AhG4, Munich
Paterson, W. D., Russell, D. J., Wu, G., McConnell, B., Currie, J. I., McCafferty, D. J., & Thompson, D. (2019). Post-disturbance haulout behaviour of harbour seals. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29(S1), 144-156. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3092
1. The impact of anthropogenic activity associated with the construction of a proposed tidal turbine on harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) was investigated using controlled distur...
Duncheva, T., & Bradley, F. F. (2019). Multifaceted Productivity Comparison of Off-Site Timber Manufacturing Strategies in Mainland Europe and the United Kingdom. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 145(8), https://doi.org/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0001641
Offsite construction methods have been suggested as a necessity for improving the efficiency and productivity of the construction industry through implementation of automation...
Pomponi, F., D'Amico, B., & Rye, T. (2019). Who Is (Likely) Peer-Reviewing Your Papers? A Partial Insight into the World’s Top Reviewers. Publications, 7(1), 15. https://doi.org/10.3390/publications7010015
Scientific publishing is experiencing unprecedented growth in terms of outputs across all fields. Inevitably this creates pressure throughout the system on a number of entitie...
Duncheva, M., BuHamdan, S., Al-Hussein, M., & Hairstans, R. Simulation-based hazard assessment and visualization for CLT construction. Manuscript submitted for publication
The sustainability of the urban built environment has previously been investigated through many angles in relation to the growing global urban population and provision of ener...
Hairstans, R. (2018). Mass Timber - an introduction to solid laminate timber systems. https://www.arcamedia.co.uk/product-page/mass-timber-an-introduction-to-solid-timber-laminate-systems: Arcamedia Ltd
The past two decades have witnessed an extraordinary upsurge in the use of mass timber products and systems in construction - a global phenomenon driven by greater emphasis on...
Olayinka, O., & Andrew, S. (2018). Achieving Sustainability in Commercial Buildings in Nigeria: The FM Approach. Journal of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 3(1), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.jccee.20180301.11
People around the world are beginning to aspire to live and work in sustainable buildings (SBs), that is, buildings that are comfortable, healthy and have low impact on the en...
Hairstans, R., & Smith, R. E. (2017). Offsite HUB (Scotland): establishing a collaborative regional framework for knowledge exchange in the UK. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 13, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2017.1314858
The UK is set to become Europe’s largest construction market by 2030. However, UK construction productivity performance is regarded as weak, with low skills levels considered ...
To undertake a structural analysis of a series of timber frame buildings to determine the implication of harmonising to Eurocode 5.
Provide DfMA considerations and timber connections research in collaboration with Hyve Architects in the context of sustainable affordable housing solutions.
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
The provision of dedicated research support to the Offsite HUB (Scotland) via a ENU research assistant to:
- coordinate meetings between HUB members and steering committee as appropriate including the...
The project innovation is the development of a modular roofing system that can be mass customised without significantly limiting the design scope, is cost completive and reduces the likelihood of acci...
Novel offsite construction process for manufacture of housing
Given the knowledge, infrastructure and resource that resides within Scotland, there is a real opportunity here to be a key player in the global offsite construction market. The emphasis now is to sca...
UK Commission for Employment and Skills
To develop and pilot learning material with lead industry partners with the view to setting up a skills HUB for Offsite Construction.
Following on from the work carried out by the centre into potential value added uses of Phytophthora ramorum infected larch, three technologies have been identified for further investigation. The tech...
The project will result in the use and application of an innovative low carbon timber construction technology. The project will demonstrate the products carbon benefits, overcome the technical barrie...
To oversea the structural test programme of CLT panels in a test environment and the corresponding influence the available UK fibre and current manufacturing practices have on the key mechanical prope...
The purpose of this follow-on project is to conduct in-situ post-occupancy energy analyses on refurbished four-in-a block dwellings that have been upgraded to high sustainability standards using: inno...
The purpose of this follow-on project is to conduct a suite of research and development testing on an innovative insulation product, focused around a live project. The insulation product, Retrofoam, u...
Around half of all non-renewable resources mankind consumes are used in construction sector, making it one of the least ...
This research was funded by the EU Northern Periphery Programme as part of a trans-national project titled: E...
Timber platform frame has evolved as an efficient method of construction for domestic dwellings and
is experiencing continual growth in the UK due to it lending its...
"This study will look at addressing the issues concerning environmentally conscious homes and reviewing how efficiently they compare asp...
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkland, Boat of Garten and Alness
18 February 2019 - 22 February 2019
Boston and New York, U.S.A.
12 November 2018 - 14 November 2018
Glasgow City Heritage Trust, 54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ
30 October 2018
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
Unit 3B, 3 Watt Place
Hamilton International Technology Park
14 May 2018
- CCG(OSM), Glasgow
- New Waverly, Edinburgh
- Merchiston Campus, Edinburgh
- Falkland Estate, Fife
- Carbon Dynamic, Invergordon
- ISC Timber Technology Lab, Edinburgh
26 February 2018 - 2 March 2018
37 Castle Terrace
14 November 2017
Stirling Court Hotel – University of Stirling
19 September 2016