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Global potential for material substitution in building construction: the case of cross laminated timber

Journal Article
D'Amico, B., Pomponi, F., & Hart, J. (in press)
Global potential for material substitution in building construction: the case of cross laminated timber. Journal of Cleaner Production,
The building and construction sector is a large contributor to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and consumes the vastest amount of natural resources. Widely considered a...

Circular Cities: the case of Singapore

Journal Article
Carrière, S., Weigend, R., Pey, . P., Pomponi, F., & Ramakrishna, S. (in press)
Circular Cities: the case of Singapore. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-12-2019-0137
Circular Economy (CE), as a new economic paradigm has gained traction in recent years. Cities’ role in driving CE forward has been perceived as being increasingly important to...

Global socio-economic losses and environmental gains from the Coronavirus pandemic

Journal Article
Lenzen, M., Li, M., Malik, A., Pomponi, F., Sun, Y., Wiedmann, T., …Yousefzadeh, M. (2020)
Global socio-economic losses and environmental gains from the Coronavirus pandemic. PLOS ONE, 15(7), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0235654
On 3 April 2020, the Director-General of the WHO stated: “[COVID-19] is much more than a health crisis. We are all aware of the profound social and economic consequences of th...

The Future of the Circular Economy & the Circular Economy of the Future

Journal Article
Weigend, R., Pomponi, F., Webster, K., & D'Amico, B. (in press)
The Future of the Circular Economy & the Circular Economy of the Future. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-07-2019-0063
In the published online version the abstract suffered minor changes. The new abstract reads: The circular economy (CE) has gained momentum in recent years as a new economic pa...

Embodied vs. Operational Energy and Carbon Emissions of Doe Reference Buildings from a Life-Cycle Perspective

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Arehart, J., Srubar, W., Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (2020, June)
Embodied vs. Operational Energy and Carbon Emissions of Doe Reference Buildings from a Life-Cycle Perspective. Presented at ASHRAE 2020, Online
While the reduction of operational energy and associated emissions has been the focus of the building design community in recent decades, focus must now be given to reducing t...

How Do People Move Around? National Data on Transport Modal Shares for 131 Countries

Journal Article
Fountas, G., Sun, Y., Akizu-Gardoki, O., & Pomponi, F. (2020)
How Do People Move Around? National Data on Transport Modal Shares for 131 Countries. World, 1(1), 34-43. https://doi.org/10.3390/world1010003
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought global mobility into the spotlight, with well over 100 countries having instituted either a full or partial lockdown by April 2020. Reduced m...

On mass quantities of gravity frames in building structures

Journal Article
D'Amico, B., & Pomponi, F. (2020)
On mass quantities of gravity frames in building structures. Journal of Building Engineering, 31, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2020.101426
This paper introduces a numerical study aimed at analysing and quantifying existing correlations between structural masses of the gravity frame in building structures (i.e. ex...

More Timber in Construction: Unanswered Questions and Future Challenges

Journal Article
Hart, J., & Pomponi, F. (2020)
More Timber in Construction: Unanswered Questions and Future Challenges. Sustainability, 12(8), https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083473
The built environment is one of the greatest contributors to carbon emissions, climate change, and to the unsustainable pressure on the natural environment and its ecosystems....

Qualifying the Sustainability of Novel Designs and Existing Solutions for Post-Disaster and Post-Conflict Sheltering

Journal Article
Alshawawreh, L., Alshawawreh, L., Pomponi, F., Pomponi, F., D'Amico, B., D’Amico, B., …Guthrie, P. (2020)
Qualifying the Sustainability of Novel Designs and Existing Solutions for Post-Disaster and Post-Conflict Sheltering. Sustainability, 12(3), https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030890
During the course of 2018, 70.8 million people globally were forcibly displaced due to natural disasters and conflicts—a staggering increase of 2.9 million people compared to ...

Heat island effects in urban life cycle assessment: Novel insights to include the effects of the urban heat island and UHI‐mitigation measures in LCA for effective policy making

Journal Article
Susca, T., & Pomponi, F. (2020)
Heat island effects in urban life cycle assessment: Novel insights to include the effects of the urban heat island and UHI‐mitigation measures in LCA for effective policy making. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 24(2), 410-423. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12980
Urbanization often entails a surge in urban temperature compared to the rural surroundings: the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. Such a temperature increase triggers the format...
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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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