Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) related to Climate Change Adaptation

 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme enabling the forming of a partnership between a business client and an academic institution such as university, further education college or research and technology organisation. Here, Ben Kidd picks a selection of innovative climate change adaptation-related KTPs currently active in the UK:

1. Monodraught Limited and University of Reading KTP on zero carbon cooling systems

This KTP, entitled "to develop a zero carbon active cooling system for buildings of the future", began in December 2008 and is due to complete in January 2011. The lead contact is Prof Hazim Awbi.

2. John McCall Architects Ltd and University of Salford KTP on Building Information Modelling

This KTP, entitled "to identify, map and re-engineer strategic and operational change processes through lean thinking and the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM)", began in August 2008 and is due to complete in January 2011. The lead contact is Prof Mike Kagioglou.

3. Architype Limited and Oxford Brookes University KTP on building post-occupancy

This KTP, entitled "to develop and embed a capability for post-occupancy studies of buildings, in order to achieve an industry-leading design methodology for sustainable architecture", began in November 2008 and is due to complete in September 2011. The lead contact is Dr Fionn Stevenson.

4. CIBSE and University of Oxford KTP on non-domestic building design for a changing climate

This KTP, entitled "to develop design proposals and technical specifications for the refurbishment of building services and building fabric in existing non-domestic buildings in response to changing weather and climate in the UK", began in February 2010. The lead contact is Dr Daniel Boyce.

5. Birmingham City Council and University of Birmingham KTP on the Birmingham urban heat island effect

This KTP, entitled "to model the Birmingham Urban Heat Island and to use the model to assess the likely impact of planned climate change adaptation measures in Birmingham", began in October 2009 and is due to complete in February 2012. The lead contact is Dr Xiaoming Cai.

6. Rural Community Council (Leicestershire & Rutland) & De Montfort University KTP on communicating climate change

This KTP, entitled "to develop and embed knowledge of communicating climate change issues to communities with different socio-economic, ethnic and geographical characteristics, to increase action on climate change", began in November 2009 and is due to complete in February 2012. The lead contact is Dr Mark Lemon.

7. Max Fordham LLP and University College London KTP on predicted and actual energy performance

This KTP, entitled "to investigate and understand reasons for the discrepancy between predicted and actual energy performance in non-domestic buildings, providing more accurate energy requirements estimates for customers", was completed in September 2010. The lead contact is Dr Ian Ridley.


Further information and case studies on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships can be found on the KTP website.