The Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment Research Group (SuRBe) is multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary. We work across Art, Built-Environment, Design, Engineering, and Scientific innovation that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address a common problem. We welcome the opportunity to work with all.
The overarching aims of the Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment Research Group are to augment the sustainability and resilience of the built environment, improve occupant quality of life and adapt to, and mitigate, climate change through our work.
We have a strong interest in environmentally-sustainable design, construction technology and operational performance, cultivated from different, but complementary, perspectives and at varying levels of resolution.
Our projects span widely in scope (from the building envelope to interior space and air quality), in architectural scale (from detailing of individual building components to broader design strategies) and in methodology (from qualitative to quantitative, from pre- to post-occupancy evaluation of buildings).
Our ethos is that for buildings to be sustainable they must also be resilient to change in the global climate, buildings materials and systems and more importantly user needs. As such the majority of our work meets a number of pillars of the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (2015): a healthier and a resilient Wales, which affects our work in whichever country we undertake projects.
Our work is within Wales, the UK and internationally.
SuRBe’s team is led from Cardiff School of Art & Design, with contributions from Cardiff School Of Sport & Health Sciences, and Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University.