Transition pathways to a low-carbon economy

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This new interdisciplinary research group spans across the Innovative and Sustainable Technologies and Business Innovation in Construction research groups. It seeks to address the organisational and business challenges of meeting the government’s targets for low carbon and energy efficiency in buildings, as well as the expectations and experiences of end-users with low-carbon built environments. Particular challenges are presented by the new build and retrofit low-carbon agenda, not only in terms of capacity development, but in terms of business models and value propositions.

Our Research

The process of making the transition to a more sustainable built environment is an increasingly recognised problem area which requires a multidisciplinary response. Of particular interest is how the construction sector will deliver against diverse sustainability requirements from policy-makers, professional institutions, clients and occupiers. Interdisciplinary research is needed into the ways in which change leaders are working to translate these demands into company-level strategies, cultures, organisational and supply chain structures and practices.

Research-informed teaching

Environmental Engineering


Green Innovation in Construction

Selected Projects

Building Modern Homes (Professor Martin Sexton, Dr. Libby Schweber, Dr. Martin Green, Sue Harty)(ESRC ES/M000249/1)


THis ESRC two year project explores the significant challenge which sustainable innovation poses for UK house builders. This research is a collaboration between the University of Reading and Loughborough's Schools of Business and Economic and Civil and Building Engineering.

Maximising the Diffusion and Impact of Microgeneration Technologies in New Housing

(Professor Martin Sexton, Dr. Libby Schweber, Dr. Shu-Ling Lu, Dr. Tim Lees and Whitney Bevan) (EPSRC EP/H051104/1)

December 2010 to November 2012

This EPSRC and EDF funded project investigates the selection, integration and use of low and zero carbon technologies within new build housing.

A microgeneration technology innovation system analysis of the UK housing development sector (Professor Martin Sexton and Dr. Tim Lees) (EPSRC EP/ E001645/1)

May 2010 to December 2011

This project explored which low and zero carbon technologies are being used and why, and how end-users adapt the technologies and their associated routines.

Mainstreaming Sustainability in Large Engineering Consultancy Firms(Dr. Libby Schweber, Philippa Boyd) (EP/E001645/1)

October 2009 to December 2011

This EPSRC funded project examined firm level strategies to mainstream sustainability. Research focused on the specificity of the construction sector and variations between firms.

BREEAM-in-Practice (Dr. Libby Schweber, Dr. Hasan Haroglu) (EP/E001645/1)

October 2009 to December 2011

This EPSRC funded project explored the way in which the BREEAM assessment process maps onto design and production processes.

Sustainable Design Templates in the UK, France and Denmark (Dr. Libby Schweber, Mark Taylor) (EP/E001645/1). Collaborative project working with Copenhagen Business School and MINES ParisTech.

October 2009 to December 2011

This EPSRC funded project examined the effect of standards and references on innovation in the retrofit of social housing.

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