Mr Hashem Taher
Hashem's research aims to investigate and determine the thermal effects of various urban green systems (UGS); trees, living facades and high albedo pavements, at street level, to assist in the mitigation of urban heat island (UHI) and reduce Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions within Central London, UK. His study quantifies the critical contribution by modelling urban vegetation densities or applying a high albedo pavement model for 2018 and then future climate scenarios 2050 and 2080. The research utilised ENVI-met software simulations, field measurements to validate the results and a questionnaire survey. Secondly, a questionnaire survey was designed to determine the intangible benefits of the urban green systems and how it would influence pedestrians' activities within the streets after applying them, in addition to determining the preferred UGS intervention with the preferred percentage by pedestrians. The research design strategy is to motivate pedestrians to walk for extended periods and facilitate alignment to follow the healthy streets initiative advocated by Transport for London and assisting in the transition for London to be the world's largest national park city by 2050, based on the current Mayor of London Plan.
Mr Bertug Ozarisoy
Bertug's research studies the energy use and its measures in buildings aiming to improve the energy efficiency of residential tower blocks (RTBs) in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus. The study employed a mixed-methods research design approach, which was based on a thorough field study that consisted of a questionnaire survey conducted with residents of the housing estate of the case study, to explore the occupants' thermal comfort and preferences, their home energy use and cooling strategies, occupancy patterns, as well as energy bills, amongst other variables. Concurrently, indoor air temperature and relative humidity (RH) measurements were collected during the same period. The subsequent phase of the research examined the existing energy performance of those representative RTBs under investigation by modelling and simulating dominant representative occupancy profiles using the Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) software suite. Notably, dynamic thermal modelling and simulations of base-case RTBs were adopted to provide succinct information on occupancy schedules over a long period of time.