Research facilities and groups
Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT)
The Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT) seeks to improve building practices and reduce the human and economic costs of unwanted fires. The Centre performs and supports field and analytical research on the performance of construction materials, components, systems and practices and identifies and quantifies the fundamental processes underlying the initiation, propagation and suppression of fires.
FireSERTs research areas and services to industry include: structural fire engineering; fire dynamics; behaviour of construction components in fire; human behaviour in fire; fire simulation modelling; evacuation modelling; fire safety engineering design; risk assessment; safety audits; fire testing and product development. Research in FireSERT is focused on the areas of Fire Dynamics and Materials, Structural Fire Engineering, Fire Modelling and Human Behaviour in Fire.
Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
The Centre for Sustainable Technologies carries out multi-disciplinary research to create, develop, improve, demonstrate and evaluate emerging, existing and alternative sustainable renewable energy, building design, construction materials and environmental modification technologies. Extensive computational facilities and well equipped laboratories enable research to be undertaken at the forefront of the field.
CST undertakes both fundamental and applied research in the areas of: Advanced Glazing, Thermal Energy Storage, Advanced Heat Pumps, Techno-Economic Assessment of New Power Plants, Assessment of Future Energy Demands, Biomass and Bioenergy, Solar Thermal and PV Systems.
Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP)
The Centre for Research on Property and Planning focuses upon the evaluation of property market performance, investment decision-making and analysis, computer-assisted valuation models, the application of GIS, the reform and modernisation of planning policy, strategic spatial planning, land use planning and urban sustainability, the appraisal of urban regeneration initiatives, housing and land use policies, systems of land and property taxation, econometric analysis, user-requirements and facilities management.
RPP undertakes research in the following areas: Property Market Analysis, Valuation, Housing, Property Taxation, Corporate Real Estate, Emerging Markets, Property Investment, Urban Regeneration, Planning Sustainability and Development, Transportation Analysis and Modelling, Modernisation and Reform of Planning Legislation, Planning Policy and Processes, including Community Engagement, Community Planning, Civic Leadership, Marine Spatial Planning, Infrastructure Investment, Infrastructure Resilience and Urban Security.
Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research (HySAFER)
The HySAFER Centre is an international team of researchers working in an emerging multi- disciplinary area of hydrogen safety science and engineering. The thrust in research is on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in particular on development and validation of large eddy simulation (LES), and analytical methods. Generic research topics include but not limited to hydrogen under-expanded jets, dispersion in the open atmosphere and enclosures, spontaneous ignition of sudden hydrogen releases into air, under-ventilated jet fires and self- extinction phenomena, interaction between fires and structures, coherent deflagrations, large scale non-uniform deflagrations and transition from deflagration-to-detonation, detonations and blast waves, thermal protection of high-pressure hydrogen storage.
Pre-normative research includes practically the whole spectrum of hydrogen and fuel cell applications and infrastructure, including safety of hydrogen-powered vehicles, stationary fuel cell systems for production heat and power, refuelling stations, tunnels, garages and car parking.
Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)
SABER a new research centre within BERI formed in January 2015 was created to stimulate a research environment across a wide range of areas within the Built Environment. Areas of research include BIM, bridge scour, built environment education, concrete, engineered timber performance, environmental health, extreme weather, geopolymer, geotechnics, health and safety, hydraulics food security, nano / micro / macro-scale material characterisation, noise impacts procurement, resilience of critical infrastructure, road surface materials and tribology, sustainability in the built environment, waste water and sewerage treatment. Being a new research centre, SABER members are actively developing networking and opportunities for joint research proposals and publications with other universities around the world.