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Research Case studies

Welcome from the Director: Professor Chris Gorse


The Leeds Sustainability Institute: Building a sustainable future through collaborative research.

The Leeds Sustainability Institute is a centre of research, informed and supported by business leaders, professional associations and community groups addressing the challenges of creating more sustainable places, communities and economies. Through the Institute a wealth of experience and skill is captured; with the potential to influence and shape the future via its networks and partners.

Central to the Institute are core and interlinked research themes:

  • People and Places
  • Infrastructure
  • Buildings and the Environment
  • Business Practice
  • Energy
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Design and Ecological Engineering.

With research expertise that has been developed over two decades, the research teams have achieved significant recognition. The Institute’s consultancy and business services are making a significant impact, and through established networks, provide a knowledge base that has clear benefit to its partners.

Work undertaken in social policy, low carbon building, materials, green computing, renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure places the Institute in a lead position, shaping the developed and developing world. The Institute’s field trials and work with communities are having a direct impact on the policy and regulation that will pave the way to a low carbon built environment.

Practices developed are being adopted across Europe and impacting on the way we test and monitor buildings to ensure performance. Feedback from the research has resulted in new industry standards, taking a step closer to the zero carbon and low impact solution.

The Institute provides a clear path to those that want to engage and a more responsive unit that can develop and connect expertise.


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