Built Environment Research Institute

Welcome to the Built Environment Research Institute

BERI is concerned with the delivery of research that will enhance the quality of the built environment and address the changing needs of society in a more sustainable manner. Specific objectives of BERI are to embrace research at the forefront of the Built Environment; to promote diversity in the breadth of the research portfolio coupled with specialisation in specific areas of excellence; to work in partnership networks; to share best practice; to engage with industry and the end-users of research; to grow the research base through enhanced post-graduate activity and to disseminate knowledge.

Research Centres

Within the Research Institute, activities are focused upon five main research centres:

Fire Safety Engineering Research & Technology Centre (FireSERT)

Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research (HySAFER)

Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)

Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP)

Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)

Research Excellence

With 72% of activities recognised as world-leading and internationally excellent, Built Environment research at Ulster has excelled in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Significantly 25% of our research achieved the top grade of 4*, quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Furthermore 47% is rated at 3*, research that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour with 25% at 2*, research that is recognised internationally. The REF results confirm Ulster as one of the core universities for Built Environment research in the UK. Indeed with an increased performance and more staff than previously returned to the REF, Ulster is ranked 6th in the research power table for the discipline.

Central to this performance is our research impact with 100% rated as outstanding and very significant. Spanning activities as diverse as the application of solar energy in the agri-food sector, fire safe materials and structures, the safe use of hydrogen as an alternative energy source and the financing of regeneration and infrastructure, research at Ulster has not only been rated as world-leading but has particular significance to the regional economy in Northern Ireland. Likewise our research environment is 100% rated as world-leading and internationally excellent reflecting the strong portfolio of external research grants levered from prestigious sources and a vibrant PhD programme. Coupled with many world-leading and internationally excellent outputs, the REF results confirm the global reputation of Built Environment research at Ulster.