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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

A part-time Master's course from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Studying at Cambridge

Policy and regulation

There are few, if any places in the world where development is not in some way affected by policy and regulation.  The built environment is moderated, controlled, influenced, and shaped through various policy and regulatory instruments.  These instruments address many different aspects of the built environment including land-use planning, transportation, infrastructure, sustainability, heritage, biodiversity, and environmental impact, to name a few.  They have developed in different ways in different parts of the world, responding to diverse cultural, political, economic, and climatic conditions.  Scales and spheres of influence range from the neighbourhood scale to the global.

Expertise and IDBE interests in this area include:

Selected publications:

  • Moncaster A M and Simmons P (2015, in press) "Policies and outcomes for UK sustainable schools",  special issue on ‘Closing the Policy Gaps’, Building Research and Information
  • Galvin R (2014). “Estimating broad-brush rebound effects for household energy consumption in the EU 28 countries and Norway: some policy implications of Odyssee data”. Energy Policy  (in press) available at:
  • Galvin R and Sunikka-Blank M (2014). “Economic viability in thermal retrofit policies: Learning from ten years of experience in Germany”. Energy Policy; 54: 343-351.
  • Georgiadou, M.C., Hacking, T., Guthrie, P (2013). "Future-Proofed Energy Design for Dwellings: Case studies from England and Application to the Code for Sustainable Homes". Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 34(1); pp. 9-22.
  • Galvin R (2012). “German Federal policy on thermal renovation of existing homes: A policy evaluation”. Sustainable Cities and Society; 4: 58-66.
  • Georgiadou MC, Hacking T, Guthrie P (2012). “A conceptual framework for future-proofing the energy performance of buildings”. Energy Policy; 47: 145-155.
  • Georgiadou, M.C. and Hacking, T (2012). "Strategies and Techniques to Future-Proof the Energy Performance of Housing Developments". International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 6(2); pp. 160-174.
  • Friedman, K. and Cooke A. (2011). City versus national energy use: implications for urban energy policy and strategies. Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Green Buildings and Sustainable Cities, Bologna, Italy, 15-16 September.