The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) is recognised internationally for
its research in developing advanced computational numerical models for
simulating the energy and environmental performance of the built
environment. These models have been used by leading design practices in
the design of major buildings and urban developments. This impact case
study presents three models from this research activity that have been
widely taken up by industry worldwide, namely, the `building energy' model
HTB2, the urban scale `energy and environment prediction' framework EEP
and the `building environment' model ECOTECT.
Application of the models, often linked (e.g. HTB2 is the numerical
engine for EEP and is accessible within the ECOTECT framework), has
resulted in extensive environmental benefits, through reductions
in global CO2 emissions. Additionally, there has been a marked
impact on practitioners and professional practices, through new
guidelines for major international developments (e.g. Pearl Island
Qatar and the Chongqing Ba'nan Low Carbon Development).
Since 1989, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) has spearheaded
a comprehensive seating design research programme that has resulted in
specific and recognisable outputs and impacts.
Key areas of knowledge have been developed through:
The research has resulted in multiple innovations demonstrated through
registered designs. All designs have been licensed to UK companies for the
purposes of manufacture and distribution. From January 2008 to end June
2013, sales have comprised more than 30,000 seating units across three