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Built Environment Research Institute impact

The Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) has a research culture that is applied in character, commercially/industrially relevant and aligned to the sector.

Research has been set in the context of major challenges concerning energy efficiency, the depletion of resources, sustainability, safety, the more frequent occurrence of extreme events as well as uncertainties arising from the financial crisis and market downturns.

In responding to these, BERI has focussed upon issues relevant to these drivers and has sought solutions that reflect the highly varied and multi-faceted research portfolio. Staff have utilised an extensive array of inter-linking strategies designed to develop relationships with key users in seeking to optimise the impact of our research.

To demonstrate the strength of our research impact, the five research impact case studies submitted in built environment to REF2014 were 100% rated as outstanding and very significant. These case studies span activities as diverse as the application of solar energy in the agri-food sector, fire safe materials and structures, the safe use of hydrogen as an alternative energy source and the financing of regeneration and infrastructure.  

Our five case studies are:

  • Advancing Safety of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies  
  • Applying solar energy research to the winemaking industry
  • Designing Novel Fire Safe Materials
  • Innovative Safe Structures in Buildings  
  • Financing and Delivering Regeneration Investment