All three papers link into the sustainability and climate change agendas. Student Ayman Alhanouti, who also works in the Facilities Department at the University, conducted research which aims to give greater emphasis on managing health and safety of construction workers in a high-risk industry. He says he hopes his work may prevent potentially serious incidents. Ayman’s paper is entitled ‘Integrating Health and Safety Regulations into Green Building Rating Tools for More Sustainable Outcomes: The Case of the Pearl Rating System (Estidama) in UAE.
Katherine Ibbottson, Carbon Planning Manager in the Environment Agency, has developed a planning tool called ‘Eric’ that measures carbon output at design stages for alternative forms of construction and materials for large coastal flood defence structures. The title of Katherine’s research is ‘How Training Can Support Low Carbon Prioritisation in Flood and Coast Risk Management Construction’.
Heba Sabboubeh’s paper is titled ‘Sustainable Construction in War Zones: Palestine as a Case Study’.
Heba is studying full-time and has almost completed her PhD. She has researched the need to conserve energy and use the least possible finite materials in Palestine, a particularly politically sensitive are.
The papers were presented at the ‘Contemporary and Future Directions in the Built Environment’ International Postgraduate Research Conference at the University of Salford.
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