Academics shortlisted for prestigious RIBA research award

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Garth House Bicester Town Council

An energy-saving project involving researchers at Oxford Brookes University has been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Awards for Research 2016.

Earlier this year, Professor Rajat Gupta and Dr Adorkor Bruce-Konuah from the Low Carbon Building Group of the School of Architecture and the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development produced a report, which monitored and evaluated the building’s energy use, environmental performance and experience of occupants of Bicester’s Town Council offices, Garth House, before and after it underwent a major energy-saving refurbishment. 

"The shortlisting has recognised the value of addressing the dual challenges of achieving energy efficiency in historic buildings."

Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of the Low Carbon Building Group, Oxford Brookes University

Working with Bicester Town Council who led the refurbishment project, architects Ridge and Partners LLP and sustainability charity Bioregional, the evaluation project found that despite the challenge of improving the energy performance of historic building, Garth house achieved impressive savings in energy bills and halved the building’s emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide, while causing minimum disruption to occupants. 

Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of the Low Carbon Building Group and Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted in this year’s RIBA President’s Awards for Research, which celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment.

“The shortlisting has recognised the value of addressing the dual challenges of achieving energy efficiency in historic buildings.”
This year, a record-breaking 75 submissions were received from 14 countries around the world.

Dr Kat Martindale, RIBA Head of Research and Innovation said: “We were thrilled to receive so many research projects this year, and from all over the world. The work submitted provides a glimpse of the global workings and interactions of architects, students and academics but it has been the number of collaborations that have stood out this year.”

The award winners will be announced on 6 December. More information about the awards can be found on the RIBA website. The full story about the project can be found on the news pages.