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Sustainable Construction Futures

The Sustainable Construction Futures (SCF) group engages internationally leading academics and researchers in addressing wider issues in the construction industry through the development of socio-technical innovative solutions. Our interrelated themes directly align with industry challenges at micro-, meso- and macro levels – ranging from small scale solutions and regional challenges to global strategic issues affecting sector performance. 

Exemplar projects and expertise include:

  • Offsite manufacturing, BIM and digital construction
  • Procurement, process, governance and innovation trajectories
  • Improvement and change initiatives, environmental sustainability, modelling and scenario development
  • Economics and value management
  • Risk management and disaster management
  • Materials (smart skins, self-healing concrete, fibre-metal laminates) and renewable energy (thermal storage, heat exchangers, advanced combined heat and power systems).

Group members are leading several pioneering initiatives through a wide range of networks, including our joint venture company BIM Academy Enterprises Ltd joint with Ryder Architecture.

Group leadership and contacts

Contact: Niraj Thurairajah and Zaid Alwan 

This research group forms part of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment.

Academic team

Research relationships

This group is a part of the University’s multi-disciplinary research into the themes of Digital Living and Future Engineering.

Research from this group will be submitted to REF2028 under UoA 13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

To view research papers emanating from this group, please click here to view Northumbria Research Link, our open access repository of research output from Northumbria University.



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