25th PLEA International Conference
Host for PLEA 2008

University College Dublin
traces its origins to the Catholic University of Ireland founded in 1854 by Cardinal John Henry Newman, author of the celebrated 'The Idea of a University' and located at Newman House, Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

The beginnings of UCD at Newman House, Stephen's Green, Dublin

The Gateway Project, UCD
Sustainable and Zero Carbon design by Ingenhoven Architekten, Germany.

Since then, the University has played a central role in Ireland's advancement as a dynamic and highly successful European state and has established a long and distinguished tradition of service to scholarship and the community. Today, UCD is a vibrant, modern university situated on a spacious and leafy campus some four kilometers to the south of Dublin’s city centre. For students, both Irish and international, it is a supportive and stimulating environment in which to spend a period of intellectual and personal development.

The UCD Energy Research Group has a long and noted research history spanning over 30 years. Since 1975 the UCD Energy Research Group has earned an international reputation for its expertise in the research and application of sustainable strategies in the design and construction of buildings. Through participation in EU and nationally supported programmes and its applied research activities the UCD Energy Research Group is committed to furthering energy-conscious and environmentally responsible design.

The UCD Energy Research Group is an active research group within the School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering, Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Its directors are Professor Owen Lewis, Paul Kenny and Vivienne Brophy.

Through collaborative partnerships over the past 30 years the Group has established and maintains an extensive network of research partners within Ireland and throughout the EU. These include leading universities, research, industrial and professional institutes and associations, and professional architects, engineers and building physicists.

Today, UCD ERG consists of academic staff and postgraduate students actively engaged in a number of thematic research fields including:

  • Energy Efficiency and Building Performance
  • Integrated Sustainable Design & Innovation
  • Building Environmental Dynamics
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Natural Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
  • Daylight Design and Dynamics
  • Microclimate Sensitive and Passive Design
  • Environmental Performance and Assessment of Buildings
  • Energy and Environmental Standards, Policy and Regulation

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