Cities and Infrastructure

More than half of the world’s population is now living in cities and the worldwide trend of urbanisation is still continuing, in particular in emerging economies. Cities open up chances for individuals from rural communities to realise a better standard of living. However, a higher standard of living generally goes alongside higher energy consumption. In addition, an agglomeration of many people such as a large megacity creates further energy demands like for example mechanical cooling to alleviate urban heat island effects. Research within the group focusses on the role of buildings within sustainable city concepts and at a larger scale, the energy performance of city-regions in the context of their demographic and social makeup.


City-wide analysis to propel cities towards resource efficiency and better wellbeing Many cities in the world are putting in place their own robust carbon reduction strategies in response to, or in advance of, leadership from central government. As the powerhouses of economic growth, cities use vast amounts of energy and consume resources from hinterlands that […]

CO2 emission per person 2011

The three buttons on the top right corner of the map can be used to “Search”, “Filter”, and “Change basemap”.   Results are obtained based on simulation model developed by Sustainable Energy Research Group, University of Southampton, with courtesy to Southampton City Council, who has provided some of the original building data. All rights reserved.

RENKEI programme
17th December, 2014

Theme: ‘District Energy Supply within Cities’ Date: 22-29 March 2015 Venue: University of Southampton

The hub is connected to the router and a socket (7 cm (L) x 7 cm (W) x 2.5 cm (H)).
10th December, 2014

Now that you have an appointment booked for the installation of the energy monitoring kit this is how it will happen: (7 step guide)

14th November, 2014

Please follow the links below to complete your survey(s) by Monday the 17th of November if possible. Your ID number is on the e-mail and/or letter that was sent to you recently. Many thanks for your participation. If you have any questions, or if any of your contact details have changed or are incorrect, please […]

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Grant details: Liveable Cities

Introduction   Project updates   Rezoning project   Results & publications How do we address energy consumption to meet low carbon targets? How do we address infrastructure ‘lock in’ to improve the carbon performance of the urban environment? How do we engender and embed low carbon pathways and engineering solutions for demand reduction and power […]


Compared to many parts of the world, the UK has under-invested in its infrastructure in recent decades. It now faces many challenges in upgrading its infrastructure so that it is appropriate for the social, economic and environmental challenges it will face in the remainder of the 21st century. A key challenge involves taking into account […]

CO2 emission per person 2011
Research update: Low Carbon City Strategy

Title: Low Carbon City Strategy Researcher: Yue Wu Supervisors: AbuBakr Bahaj and Luke Blunden Abstract GHG emissions are becoming a global concern. The UK has legally bound a CO2 emission reduction target that by 2050 at least 80% of GHG emission shall be reduced based on the emission level of 1990. Consequently, the local authorities […]

Title: Microclimate adapted localised weather data generation: Implications to the energy consumption and sustainable planning of urban sites Researcher: Leonidas Bourikas Supervisors: Patrick A.B. James & Mark F. Jentsch Abstract The increase of the global population is closely followed by an increasing rate of urbanisation and development of large urban centres (Santamouris et al., 2001). Over […]

Principle of a housing cluster CHP system to provide better thermal load matching. Excess electricity is exported to the local network beyond the cluster.

The group’s research is looking at existing housing developments from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s to determine the scope and potential impact of microgeneration technologies and energy efficiency measures on the residential scale. Microgeneration options assessed include: Photovoltaics Micro wind power Solar thermal systems for domestic hot water CHP (combined heat and power) at […]