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International research project aims to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings

Posted: 26 November, 2018

Researchers from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Queen’s University Belfast, Purdue University and Washington University (USA) gathered in DIT Grangegorman for the first meeting of an international research project which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.

ESHI - DEL - Thermo-Concrete

Heating and cooling systems are one of the biggest culprits for energy consumption in buildings. The ThermoConc project aims to employ bespoke thermoelectric devices in building envelopes using the latest advances in thermoelectric materials, conductive concrete and predictive building modelling. The goal is to reduce energy loss and  C02 emissions and minimise the negative impacts of buildings on our natural surroundings.

DIT is the lead on the project, which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the National Science Foundation in the US, and Invest Northern Ireland.

Pictured in Photo (L-R): Professor Hongxi Yin (Washington University at St. Louis), Dr Niall Holmes (Dublin Institute of Technology), Professor Ming Qu (Purdue University), Ms Ruchita Jani (PhD student, DIT), Professor Brian Norton (Dublin Institute of Technology), Professor Jorge Kohanoff (Queens University Belfast), Dr Lorenzo Stella (Queens University Belfast) and Dr Piotr Chudzinski (Queens University Belfast).