Research Fellow, Energy Consultant & Lecturer
Director of Sustainable Construction
Bros Williamson, J., Stinson, J., Garnier, C. & Currie, J. (2017). Discrepancies between theoretical and actual heating demand in Scottish modern dwellings. In PLEA 2017 Proceedings - Design to Thrive, 361 to 368. ISBN 978-0-9928957-5-4
The study reports on the differences between the actual heat consumption profiles of twelve dwellings monitored for four years and their predicted heat demand profiles as calc...
Colabella, S., D'Amico, B., Hoxha, E., & Fivet, C. (in press). Structural Design with Reclaimed Materials: an Elastic Gridshell out of Skis. In Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017 “Interfaces: architecture.engineering.science”
This paper presents the design and construction of a 36m2 gridshell, the rigidity of which is achieved through the bending of an initially flat grid of 210 reclaimed skis. The...
Smith, R. S., Wood, J. B., & Hairstans, R. (2015). Increasing need for Offsite Construction and Manufactured Infrastructure in the UK Economy. In CIAT Symposium Proceedings
Due to increasing demand for housing and other building infrastructure the methodology of offsite construction is becoming more attractive to developers, local authorities and...
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...
Scottish Funding Council
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...
14 November 2017
14 November 2017
Changing construction culture through collaborative research. The Built Environment Exchange (beX) brings together international University and industry partners, to develop d...
20 September 2016
20 September 2016
Timber is a versatile, natural, material with a wide range of properties. When properly understood, responsibly sourced, and produced through modern forestry and manufacturin...
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). doi:10.1080/17452007.2017.1314858. ISSN 1745-2007
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 ...
Hairstans, R. & Sanna, F. (2017). A Scottish perspective on timber offsite construction. In Offsite Architecture: Constructing the futureTaylor & Francis (Routledge). ISBN 978-1138821392
This Chapter exemplifies the recent advancements in Scottish offsite construction through the research work carried out at the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Str...
Elsayah, O. S. (2016). A Framework for Improvement of Contractor Selection Procedures on Major Construction Project in Libya. (Thesis)
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...
The feasibility study will provide building energy performance specifications and recommendations on suitable renewable technology designs for a portable accommodation unit in rural Perthshire. It wi...
To develop high performance floor and wall insulation products based on novel nanotechnology Aerogel materials that enhance the thermal performance of hard to treat buildings.
"This study will look at addressing the issues concerning environmentally conscious homes and reviewing how efficiently they compare asp...
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...