Research interests include social, ethical and technical aspects of sustainable architecture and urban design and focus on the practical implementation of sustainable development in the construction industry.
- Closed loop material cycle (CLMC) buildings: research into designing buildings to enable their dismantling and the reuse, recycling or biodegrading of the recovered building elements. This research includes investigations into the technical requirements to create CLMC buildings and the social and economic benefits of using such technologies. Part of the research was funded by the RIBA Research Trust (see http://www.sc-arch.co.uk/dfr/index.htm)
- Adaptable building design: research into factors affecting building lifespan and design approaches to ensure maximum building life span.
- Design and construction of zero heating and zero waste development: Development of two flats designed to Passivhaus Standards (ie to operate without auxiliary heating) and to be 'closed loop', that is to be dismantleable and recyclable or biodegradable at the end of its life. (See http://www.sc-arch.co.uk/pages/Zero%20Resource%20House.htm). Project is currently being monitored.
- High density 'human' design: development of a high density housing development design that combines a zero CO2 construction with integrated private and communal green spaces to offer a sustainable high quality of life solution. Design was shortlisted for the Letchworth Garden City Design Competition for a sustainable housing development in 2007. A design proposal adopting the same principles at an urban level was shortlisted for the Sustainable Living by Design Competition, organised by the RIBA in 2006.
- Strategies for Sustainable Architecture: research into international approaches to sustainable architectural and urban design, ranging from compact and car-free city developments to designing for resource efficiency.
- Sustainability and environmental thinking: research into the thinking and approaches of pioneering environmentalists and contemporary advocates of sustainability.
- Waste minimisation in the construction industry: advisory work to research groups investigating aspects of waste minimisation and green and recycled material specification. RICS Foundation: Environmental materials construction and research, feasibility research for internet based 'Green' materials database. (2001). CIRIA project RP654: Internet Register of Recycling Sites - Steering Group Member (2003). Scottish Ecological Design Association: Detailing for Deconstruction Guide - Steering Group member (2004-2005). PII (Partners in Innovation) project: National Green Specification (NGS) - Steering group member (2004-2005)
- European Union CRAFT research project: Environmental materials construction and research project into uses of cardboard tubes in construction (2001)
- Post-occupancy evaluation: environmental building assessment of energy efficient office and light industrial buildings in Machynlleth, Wales for the Welsh Development Agency, including surveys of occupants comfort levels (1996-2007).