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PhD Scholarship Available – Next Generation of House Energy Rating Tools

Are you looking for an opportunity to undertake higher degree research that will contribute to next generation, sustainable housing?

The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is offering a PhD scholarship associated with its leading NextGen NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) project, which is developing the next generation of house energy rating tools. This scholarship is based at the University of South Australia.

About the project

The NextGen NatHERS project is part of CRCLCL project RP1024 that extends and improves the functionality of existing 2nd Generation NatHERS tools. The objective of this research is to reward the use of high performance technologies and construction systems together with the integration of renewable energy systems in housing. These tools will be capable of assessing a wider range of energy and carbon impacts thus providing the housing industry with high quality design feedback and accurate performance assessment.

Developing NextGen House Energy Rating Tool – University of South Australia

The PhD topic will involve the utilisation of existing household monitored data from numerous pre-CRCLCL projects and from the CRCLCL Living Laboratories in order to establish contemporary energy-use patterns and relationships for all major household energy services, in all Australian climates. The research output will increase our understanding of the relationship between people, energy service demand and energy technologies. This in turn will directly shape the assumptions, logic patterns and settings applied in the NextGen tool, and help transition to low carbon living.

The successful candidate will work within the Barbara Hardy Institute, University of South Australia and be a member of a national research team working on the project RP1024: Creating 3rd Generation NatHERS Design Tools.

What is being offered:

  • $30,000 per annum (Australian students)
  • 3 year PhD Scholarship based at University of South Australia

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have an honours or masters degree in engineering, architecture or applied science, and satisfy other UniSA PhD admission requirements. Extensive experience and knowledge of building energy rating tools would be desirable.

How to Apply

An expression of interest should be forwarded as soon as possible to:

Name: Stephen Berry
Email: stephen.berry@unisa.edu.au
Phone: 0415 390 127