Education for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment
Sustainable development (SD) is a fundamental pillar for the socio-economic welfare of Egypt, as with every other nation. However, the rapid growth of the country limits the resources required to meet its national demands, particularly in the built environment (BE) sector. The building industry is considered the largest resource-consuming sector that has direct impact on the country’s economic stability and growth. Regrettably, education for sustainability (ESD) in Egypt is currently limited; compared to the rapid progress and momentous ESD initiatives worldwide. There is significant lack of training that prepares various stakeholders in the BE to embed holistic SD at all scales; buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities. In response, tailored training programmes are developed by a British Council-funded project; Building Capacity for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment (BC-SDBE), to promote sustainable design, planning and performance at all scales of the BE. The training programmes emphasise a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects for sustainable built environments. This research strand aims to argue the challenges that drove this capacity-building initiative and set out potential approaches to educate and ‘train the trainers’ in cutting-edge strategies for embedding SD strategies in the BE in Egypt.
Newham Council retrofit project – collaborative research project with University of East London
This research project investigates existing case studies in London Borough of Newham identified as energy in-efficient with issues of damp, cold and mould. The research design adopts a mixed methods approach where qualitative and quantitative research methods are used to collect analyse and interpret data. Survey questionnaires and interviews concurrent with modelling and simulation using Design Builder and Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) form the main research tools. The outcome is a comprehensive diagnosis of reasons for issues identified and offer recommendations for more efficient energy retrofit solutions for future retrofit projects in the UK residential sector with an aim to adopt and adapt the strategies to the Egyptian context.