Leeds Sustainability Institute

Building Fabric Performance



Build Process

New Build

Modern Methods of Construction


Under-Construction Testing

Post-Construction Testing

Forensic Performance Investigation

In-use Energy Consumption

Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Party Wall Bypass

Control Systems



Climate, Environment, Buildings & Energy


Sustainability at Leeds Beckett Sustainability at Leeds Beckett
The Leeds Beckett Sustainability website includes information on student interns and volunteering opportunities.

Our Facebook page promotes wider aspects of sustainability including consultations on air pollution, promotions, events, news, etc.

Leeds Sustainability Institute videos Videos

SEEDS Sustainability Conference 2014
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Professor Chris Gorse
Anton Sawicki
Nick Hill
Malcolm Bell

Professor David Johnston Inaugural Lecture: Bridging the Building Fabric Performance Gap

Professor Malcolm Bell Inaugural Lecture: Of Visions, Dreams and Reality: Sustainable Housing in Perspective

Leeds Sustainability Institute

Jonathon Porritt: Leeds Sustainability Institute Keynote Lecture

Jonathon Porritt at TEDxExeter

The Economics of Sustainability: A low carbon economy

The Economics of Sustainability: Renewable energy and the low carbon agenda

Low Energy Buildings

Water Shortages

Concrete and Steel: Sustainability

Water Desalination

Energy Matters Discussion

Supply and Demand in the Energy Sector Discussion

Dr David Glew: Value of Renewables

Dr Anne Stafford: Renewable Technologies

WETS Cluster logo WETS Cluster: Water Enterprise Technology Society
WETS is an interdisciplinary research cluster drawn from across Leeds Beckett University with a common focus upon water issues within developing regions of the Global South. The cluster is currently engaged in research projects across Africa and South America.
Leeds Edible Schools Sustainability Network logo Leeds Edible Schools Sustainability Network
Initiated by Feed Leeds and supported by the Leeds Sustainability Institute, The Leeds Edible Schools Sustainability Network (LESSN) works with organisations and schools across the city to help bring the many benefits of do-it-yourself urban agriculture to children and their families, by offering expert advice and support for application in classrooms, dining rooms and school grounds. Tom Bliss is LESSN co-ordinator and a Landscape Architecture lecturer at Leeds Beckett. Along with Ian Dickinson, Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett, he has written an article about the LESSN project for Urban Agriculture Magazine, Issue 28 Innovation in Agriculture.
Carbon Footprinting resources Dr Dave Glew and Peter Lovett undertake a life cycle analysis of shea butter
Shea butter is an ingredient of growing global importance in the multi-billion dollar cosmetic and confectionary markets. It does not share the same negative environmental impacts of fertilizer use and land use change as alternative vegetable oils and so has been considered an environmentally friendly substitute, yet little is known of its carbon footprint. A life cycle assessment (LCA) was undertaken to investigate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 1 kg of shea butter in cosmetic products.
CIBSE Journal Zero Carbon Definition for Homes – Carbon Compliance Levels Recommended
A Task Group convened by the Zero Carbon Hub has delivered a report to the Minister for Housing and Local Government setting out its recommendations for carbon compliance levels for new homes from 2016. Carbon Compliance – that is, on-site reductions in emissions – form part of the Government’s overall plan for achieving zero carbon homes; the other part comprises off-site 'allowable solutions'.
CIBSE Journal Getting real on ‘zero’
CIBSE Journal - Opinion article
New homes continue to be built to ‘low carbon’ standards, but, asks Malcolm Bell, how do we know if they are anywhere near this
definition without ongoing performance testing? PDF of article (copyright CIBSE Journal).
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Review of Stamford Brook development. Copyright BBC.
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Airtightness testing by CeBE researchers. Copyright BBC.
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CeBE projects cross-referenced with topics


CIOB launches online research and funding database
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) estimates that UK construction can access over £500 million worth of funding across Europe on an annual basis.
Recent statistics from the Government backed Technology Strategy Board (TSB) have found that a recent funding call attracted more than 200 individuals to register and download information but only 20 percent submitted an application. The data also shows that very few industry organisations are aware of the funding opportunities available, and ways to finance Innovation, Research and Development (R&D). To create greater awareness and access to these funds the CIOB has developed an online database for its members to search and interrogate a wide range of local, national and pan-European research and funding opportunities. This aim is to engage and assist the UK construction industry in the R&D agenda and apply for funding at the same time.

Engineering Council Guidance on Sustainability
The Engineering Council's guidance describes the role of engineers in relation to sustainability. Six principles have been developed, to guide and motivate you to achieve sustainable development in your work, and help you to meet your professional obligations to seek to achieve sustainability. There is a link to the document 'Guidance on Sustainability' on this web page.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Publications & Data

Passivhaus Trust Events 2011
The Passivhaus Trust runs an active programme of education and networking events throughout the year, culminating in our Annual Conference. Events range from introductory visits to Passivhaus buildings for those new to Passivhaus, through to advanced technical and masterclass sessions for expert practitioners.

Living in the Denby Dale Passivhaus
Green Building Store In-use monitoring in progress by Ruth Sutton

Denby Dale Passivhaus Diaries
Green Building Store Airtightness testing by CeBE researchers

Mark Brinkley's Passivhaus Blogs

Impacts of Revisions to Parts F and L 2010
CLG Links to Stamford Brook

HBF Technical Conference 2007
HBF Presentations by Malcolm Bell, Jez Wingfield, Dominic Miles-Shenton

Review of the implementation of Part L 2006
CLG Report by Malcolm Bell & Melanie Smith

Acoustic Facilities
We have been involved in acoustics for over 40 years. Our modern laboratories, include specialist facilities such as our 200 cubic metre reverberation room (built to comply with international standards), our anechoic chamber, transmission suite, and audiometry room. With our up-to-date measurement equipment and wide experience, we have the most comprehensive acoustic facilities in the region.