The Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU), based in the Mackintosh School of Architecture, has over 25 years’ experience. MEARU undertakes strategic and applied research into a wide range of aspects of sustainable environmental design, responding to a growing commitment to user-centred, low energy, eco-sensitive architecture in the context of increasing global concerns.
MEARU has in-house, expertise in architecture, building services engineering and practice based research. Our portfolio of expertise includes: building performance evaluation; health and wellbeing in buildings; indoor air quality; energy efficient refurbishment; low and zero carbon new build; control systems and energy efficiency; ventilation of homes, including MVHR; passive solar design; building integrated renewables; and integrated thermal storage in buildings.
The unit is well networked with similar European partners, and represented on the International Energy Agency, ISES Europe, Health Effects of Modern Airtight Construction (HEMAC) network. It publishes regularly at the Eurosun, PLEA, Healthy Buildings and WREC conference circuits. This activity contributes greatly to the learning and teaching culture of The Glasgow School of Art and has also established the Centre as a significant global research player in scientific and architectural circles.