Decarbonisation KTP Associate


7th March 2024

The opportunity

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is one of Europe’s leading UK Government funded collaborative programmes helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity using expertise, skills and resources from a UK knowledge base. The KTP is being led by Cardiff School of Art and Design and Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy staff from the Sustainable and Resilient Build Environment (SuRBe) research group.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and supporting a collaborative Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) for a fixed term of 36 months between Cynon Taf Community Housing Group (CTCHG) the industry partner and Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK Knowledge Base).

As our KTP Associate, you will:

Work with Canadian experts and suppliers of earth-to thermal exchange systems and CTCHG’s asset housing team to develop the performance specification to enable renewable cooling and heating of the pilot existing dwellings.

Work with the Offsite Manufacturer of Moden Methods of Retrofit (MMR) Systems CTCHG’s asset housing team to develop the MMR performance specification with bio-based and circular materials and systems for the fabric retrofit of the pilot existing dwellings.

Oversee the retrofit implementation of both the MMR systems and the earth-to thermal exchange systems for renewable cooling and heating systems to circa 70 pilot existing dwellings.

Working with the DTZ team, evaluate and develop routes to market for carbon sequestration from food production and the potential for carbon storage from the production of biochar; to include income streams for both.

What we are looking for

  • Good bachelor’s and master’s degrees in: Architecture, or Architectural Technology, or Architectural Engineering, or Building Engineering, or Building Surveying or other relevant Built Environment or Engineering disciplines.
  • Good understanding of construction fabric details used in the retrofit of existing housing.
  • Good understanding of architectural science or building physics particularly in relation to determining the factors which impact upon occupant thermal comfort.
  • Good understanding of questionnaire design, and analysis and reporting on findings from people surveys.
  • Good understanding of heating and ventilation systems used in existing or new build housing.
  • Good understanding of offsite manufactured construction fabric systems for new housing construction or retrofit of existing housing.
  • Good understanding of the methods to evaluate carbon reduction and thermal comfort from upgrades to building fabric, and heating and ventilation systems in buildings.
  • Ability to conduct market research, analyse and report on findings and recommendations in written reports and oral presentations.
  • Ability to conduct participant surveys, analyse and report on qualitative and/or quantitative data, and report on findings and recommendations in written reports and oral presentations.
  • Ability to analyse quantitative data from building monitoring or modelling such as energy use and associated carbon emissions, thermal comfort and indoor air quality, and report on findings and recommendations in written reports and oral presentations.

Why join Cardiff Metropolitan University?

In 2020, the University was named The Sunday Times ‘Welsh University of the Year 2021’; in 2021 it became the Times Higher Education ‘UK and Ireland University of the Year 2022’; and in 2022 it was ranked the top university in the UK in the People and Planet Green League.

This KTP project builds on a successful 12-month SMART Partnership project completed in 2023 with CTCHG, which benchmarked the organisation’s carbon emissions and established the need for developing and testing a Decarbonisation Strategy including housing carbon reduction, carbon sequestration and storage from food and biochar production.

The KTP is managed by an experienced multi-disciplinary team from Cardiff Met’s SuRBE research group, that have led on many successful research projects focused on dwelling retrofit and KTP projects. Latterly including a 36-month project for Wales largest offsite manufacturer of timber frame systems for new build and retrofit, that was awarded Outstanding by InnovateUK in 2023.

For further information see links below:

Cardiff School of Art & Design
SuRBE – Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment,
Cynon Taf – Community Housing Group

In addition, the University offers highly competitive terms and conditions including:

Annual leave of 25 days, rising to 30 days after 1 years’ service, plus 12 bank holiday / concessionary days (pro rata if part time).

Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme with generous contributions.

Flexible and remote working opportunities.

Excellent family friendly policies.

Award winning sports and fitness facilities with subsidised membership, plus subsidised physiotherapy/complementary therapy/sports massage.

Access to all library facilities.

Salary sacrifice schemes including cycle to work.

Free family access to our independent specialist wellbeing support provider, Health Assured.

If you would like to talk with us about this opportunity, please contact Prof John Littlewood, Professor of Sustainable and Resilient Buildings at

Should a high volume of applications be received, we may need to close this vacancy early. We therefore encourage you to apply as early as possible.

The University is committed to creating a highly inclusive culture. We offer family friendly and flexible working arrangements and a range of staff networks, forums and events to support and develop our people. We warmly welcome applications from those traditionally underrepresented in the higher education sector.

Further information

Please read our Candidate Pack or visit our staff recruitment website for information about working for us, our culture, benefits, work-life balance and our career progression and development opportunities.

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