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Developing a BIM and simulation-based hazard assessment and visualization framework for CLT construction design (2021)
Journal Article
BuHamdan, S., Duncheva, T., & Alwisy, A. (2021). Developing a BIM and simulation-based hazard assessment and visualization framework for CLT construction design. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 147(3), https://doi.org/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0002000

The sustainability of the urban built environment has previously been investigated through many angles in relation to the growing global urban population and provision of energy-efficient housing. One emerging trend in sustainable medium-density cons... Read More about Developing a BIM and simulation-based hazard assessment and visualization framework for CLT construction design.

Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems (2020)
Report
Mora, L., Deakin, M., Reid, A., Hairstans, R., Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., …Lang, V. (2020). Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems. Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Scottish Enterprise. and the Scottish Government

The purpose of this project is to provide evidence of the potential contribution offsite construction offers to address the challenges faced by the affordable housing sector in Scotland. Funding for the project is drawn from the Construction Scotland... Read More about Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems.

Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Emergency Shelters: A Holistic Approach (2019)
Presentation / Conference
D'Amico, B., Pomponi, L., Montaruli, M., Alshawawreh, L., Snaddon, S., Moghayedi, A., …Pomponi, F. (2019, September). Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Emergency Shelters: A Holistic Approach. Poster presented at RISE Awards 2019, Ipswich, UK

The constrained environment dominating Post-disaster Post-sheltering design solutions often results in a lack of consideration of sustainability and social dimensions. Neglecting sustainability has severe practical consequences on both people and the... Read More about Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Emergency Shelters: A Holistic Approach.

Optimizing strengthening interventions on historic masonry walls: an experimental study (2019)
Journal Article
Marinelli, A., Santa, S., Spiliopoulos, A., & Dasiou, M. E. (2019). Optimizing strengthening interventions on historic masonry walls: an experimental study. Procedia Structural Integrity, 18, 245-254. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prostr.2019.08.160

Scotland's historic environment is an essential part of the country's cultural background and its economy. T he country has a long history of building with stone and among the richest legacies of traditional and historic buildings in the United Kingd... Read More about Optimizing strengthening interventions on historic masonry walls: an experimental study.

Life Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of Contemporary and Traditional Housing in Palestine (2019)
Journal Article
Piroozfar, P., Pomponi, F., & El-Alem, F. (2019). Life Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of Contemporary and Traditional Housing in Palestine. Energy and Buildings, 202, Article 109333. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109333

Residential buildings consume a vast amount of energy throughout their whole-life cycles with the subsequent greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted in the atmosphere. This phenomenon will only be exacerbated by projected trends in excessive urbanisation and... Read More about Life Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of Contemporary and Traditional Housing in Palestine.

Racking performance of platform timber frame walls (2019)
Thesis
Dhonju, R. L. Racking performance of platform timber frame walls. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2058930

Platform timber frame construction is considered an efficient building method for multistorey dwellings where timber walls and diaphragms provide the overall stability for the structure to resist lateral forces such as those generated by wind action.... Read More about Racking performance of platform timber frame walls.

Architecture of emergencies in the Middle East: Proposed shelter design criteria (2019)
Thesis
Alshawawreh, L. Architecture of emergencies in the Middle East: Proposed shelter design criteria. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2005914

The number of displaced individuals has been significantly increasing globally during the past decade, reaching over 68 million by end of 2017. The Syrian conflict in the Middle East has attracted more attention to refugee issues, specifically in rel... Read More about Architecture of emergencies in the Middle East: Proposed shelter design criteria.

Core off-site manufacture industry drivers. (2019)
Book Chapter
Hairstans, R., & Duncheva, T. (2019). Core off-site manufacture industry drivers. In J. S. Goulding, & F. P. Rahimian (Eds.), Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovative Construction: People, Process and Technology. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis

The manufacture and pre-assembly of components, elements or modules offsite before installation into their final location are evident throughout construction history. Medieval carpenters’ pre-manufacturing the frames of buildings in their yards to en... Read More about Core off-site manufacture industry drivers..

A compactness measure of sustainable building forms (2019)
Journal Article
D'Amico, B., & Pomponi, F. (2019). A compactness measure of sustainable building forms. Royal Society Open Science, 6(6), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181265

Global population growth and urbanisation require countless more buildings in this century, causing an unprecedented increase in energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation, and resource use. It is imperative to approach maximal ef... Read More about A compactness measure of sustainable building forms.

Western and Eastern Building Conservation Philosophies: Perspectives on Permanence and Impermanence (2018)
Journal Article
Forster, A. M., Thomson, D., Richards, K., Pilcher, N., & Vettese, S. (2019). Western and Eastern Building Conservation Philosophies: Perspectives on Permanence and Impermanence. International Journal of Architectural Heritage, 13(6), 870-885. https://doi.org/10.1080/15583058.2018.1490827

In this conceptual paper, we illuminate Western building conservation philosophy practice with insights into Eastern conservation philosophy and associated aesthetic understanding. We frame dialogue recognising individual and societal perspectives on... Read More about Western and Eastern Building Conservation Philosophies: Perspectives on Permanence and Impermanence.

Timber modern methods of construction: a comparative study (2018)
Thesis
Sanna, F. Timber modern methods of construction: a comparative study. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1256099

The doctoral research revolves around a comparative study of timber modern methods of construction for low-rise, residential buildings in Scotland. The building techniques studied involve both timber-frame panel construction (open-panel and closed-... Read More about Timber modern methods of construction: a comparative study.

Analysis of the effects of aerogel insulation on the thermal performance of existing building envelopes (2018)
Thesis
Carty, L. Analysis of the effects of aerogel insulation on the thermal performance of existing building envelopes. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1253724

Hard-to-treat buildings, dwellings in particular have a significant impact on overall building energy consumption. With approximately five million hard-to-treat dwellings in the United Kingdom, their impact on energy and climate change policy due to... Read More about Analysis of the effects of aerogel insulation on the thermal performance of existing building envelopes.

Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Measurement, Management, and Mitigation (2018)
Book
Pomponi, F., De Wolf, C., & Moncaster, A. (Eds.). (2018). Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Measurement, Management, and Mitigation. Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72796-7

This book provides a single-source reference for whole life embodied impacts of buildings. The comprehensive and persuasive text, written by over 50 invited experts from across the world, offers an indispensable resource both to newcomers and to est... Read More about Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Measurement, Management, and Mitigation.

Uncertainty Analysis in Embodied Carbon Assessments: What Are the Implications of Its Omission? (2018)
Book Chapter
Mendoza Beltran, M. A., Pomponi, F., Guinée, J. B., & Heijungs, R. (2018). Uncertainty Analysis in Embodied Carbon Assessments: What Are the Implications of Its Omission?. In F. Pomponi, C. De Wolf, & A. Moncaster (Eds.), Embodied Carbon in Buildings (3-21). London: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72796-7_1

Embodied carbon assessments of buildings are not methodologically very different from the more well-known life cycle assessments (LCAs). In particular, the two also share the frequent lack of uncertainty analysis in many assessments produced by acade... Read More about Uncertainty Analysis in Embodied Carbon Assessments: What Are the Implications of Its Omission?.

Optimisation of timber frame closed panel systems for low energy buildings. (2017)
Thesis
Amigo, J. M. Optimisation of timber frame closed panel systems for low energy buildings. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1035263

The United Kingdom published a legally binding document to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by year 2020 up to 34% against the 1990 levels. This target also fulfils the Europe 2020 strategy of 20% carbon emission reductions by year 2020 (EC,... Read More about Optimisation of timber frame closed panel systems for low energy buildings..

Parametric Evaluation of Racking Performance of Platform Timber Framed Walls (2017)
Journal Article
Dhonju, R., D’Amico, B., Kermani, A., Porteous, J., & Zhang, B. (2017). Parametric Evaluation of Racking Performance of Platform Timber Framed Walls. Structures, 12, 75-87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2017.08.003

This paper provides a quantitative assessment of the racking performance of partially anchored timber framed walls, based on experimental tests. A total of 17 timber framed wall specimens, constructed from a combination of materials under different l... Read More about Parametric Evaluation of Racking Performance of Platform Timber Framed Walls.

Holistic study of a timber double skin façade: Whole life carbon emissions and structural optimisation (2017)
Journal Article
Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (2017). Holistic study of a timber double skin façade: Whole life carbon emissions and structural optimisation. Building and Environment, 124, 42-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.07.046

The upkeep of existing buildings has a great role to play in reducing the carbon emissions of the built environ-ment. Façade upgrade represents one of the most effective interventions to improve both thermal efficiencyand aesthetic appeal of existing... Read More about Holistic study of a timber double skin façade: Whole life carbon emissions and structural optimisation.

Using choice architecture to exploit a university Distinct Urban Mine (2017)
Journal Article
Pierron, X., Williams, I. D., Shaw, P. J., & Cleaver, V. (2017). Using choice architecture to exploit a university Distinct Urban Mine. Waste Management, 68, 547-556. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2017.06.034

There are widespread concerns regarding the potential future scarcity of ferrous and non-ferrous materials. However, there are already potentially rich reserves of secondary materials via high ownership of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) in... Read More about Using choice architecture to exploit a university Distinct Urban Mine.

Scrutinising embodied carbon in buildings: the next performance gap made manifest. (2017)
Journal Article
Pomponi, F., & Moncaster, A. (2017). Scrutinising embodied carbon in buildings: the next performance gap made manifest. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2017.06.049

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is becoming increasingly mainstream as an early-stage design-decision tool for buildings. Still, there are considerable variations in how the method is currently used, leading to limitations in comparing the results and th... Read More about Scrutinising embodied carbon in buildings: the next performance gap made manifest..

Offsite HUB (Scotland): establishing a collaborative regional framework for knowledge exchange in the UK (2017)
Journal Article
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2017.1314858

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 to be a key contributory factor. Consequently, off-site construction has be... Read More about Offsite HUB (Scotland): establishing a collaborative regional framework for knowledge exchange in the UK.