Historic churches are facing significant challenges in recent years in meeting increasingly demanding “quality of life” standards whilst they are used in broadening and hosting social engagements within the community. To put this in context, the Church of England owns over 15,000 churches. Of these, 78 per cent are listed (45 per cent of the Grade I listed buildings in England), of which over half actively host some form of community activity. The environmental thermal requirements of modern activities in historic churches are often in conflict with the original nature of these buildings, their historic connotation, the building materials, and in meeting user comfort while at the same time presenting and aligning to the concepts of a sustainable society. The demand for solutions becomes even more critical when such buildings are faced with renovating their building services, usually due to a need to either preserve the building or achieve required comfort conditions to continue to sustain its occupation. This research aims to address this challenge by generating new knowledge to enable the evaluation and implementation of space heating technologies in historic churches, thereby increasing the environmental and social sustainability of the building while taking into consideration relevant constraints such as the preservation of the structure and artefacts as well the anticipated community activities.
Academic supervisors – Dr Kenneth Ip, Dr Marco Picco, Dr Arman Hashem (University of Brighton)
Heritage supervisor – Fr. Lawrence MacLean (Diocese of Chichester)
Industrial supervisor – Dr David Greenfield (SOcial, ENvironmental & EConomic Solutions Ltd.
Application deadline: 09:00 Monday 20 November 2017
Starting Date: January 2018