Research Projects

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Soft Skills for Hard Hats Current Projects

Centre for the Built and Natural Environment

Soft Skills for Hard Hats project will create online, semi immersive interactive scenarios aimed at first level construction supervisors to help develop soft skills. The project focuses on 4 different soft skills: teamwork, communication, leadership and problem solving.


Sustainable Building Futures Current Projects

Centre for the Built and Natural Environment

Support for small and medium Enterprises to grow their products, services and businesses in all sectors of sustainable buildings and construction.  


MicroLearnings for trainers and teachers in VET systems Current Projects

Centre for the Built and Natural Environment

The “MicroLearnings for trainers and teachers in VET systems” objective is to produce the training material to address some of the soft skills apprentices require as well as helping trainers to understand learning needs and expectations of the new generation.


RESSEEPE Current Projects

Centre for the Built and Natural Environment

Design and decision making tools, innovative building fabric manufacturers and a strong demonstration programme: demonstrating the improved building performance through retrofitting. 


ReStructure Current Projects

Centre for the Built and Natural Environment

A collaboration between Cogent Labs and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre: monitoring civil infrastructures.


CODESMA - COnstruction and DEmolition waste management training for Site MAnagers Current Projects

Centre for the Built and Natural Environment

The project aims to support Vocational Education and Training (VET) provision for site managers in C&D waste by: addressing modern training needs in accordance with EU priorities regarding waste management, and developing Open Educational Resources (OERs) that ensure easy and free access to on-line training and certification.


Active-LIVing Envelopes (ALIVE) Current Projects

Centre for the Built and Natural Environment

The aim of ALIVE is to develop climate responsive building envelopes able to provide a reliable and sustainable solution to enhance sustainable economic development in the built environment.


Smarter Households Current Projects

Centre for the Built and Natural Environment

Developing an interdisciplinary intelligent digital system to help household members directly manage their energy consumption and utility bills.


OWLS - Off-Site Wrap-Around Large Scale Retrofit Current Projects

Centre for the Built and Natural Environment

OWLS is a collaboration between Cogent Labs, Encraft, Solihull Community Housing, and Beattie Passive. This project aims to develop a rapid, highly replicable, and innovative approach to external insulation of walls and roofs by applying modern methods of construction to retrofit, complemented by innovative approaches to performance monitoring.


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