Resources, Infrastructure Systems and built Environments

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Danielle Densley Tingley

Senior Lecturer in Architectural Engineering

+44 (0) 114 222 5728

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Danielle’s research focuses on reducing the whole life carbon of the built environment; particularly through the use of design for deconstruction and material reuse, material substitution and material efficiency. She is interested in the use of life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, applied urban metabolism and industrial ecology as methods to understand and reduce the material impacts of the built environment. As well as developing her own work in these fields, Danielle is currently working with Martin Mayfield to develop the University’s activities in UKCRIC.

Her previous roles have included leading the work on material efficiency in construction in the UK INDEMAND Centre at the University of Cambridge; where she worked with industry to understand the practical challenges and opportunities of reducing material demand in the built environment. She has also worked on the multi-disciplinary BIG Energy Upgrade Project at the University of Sheffield, exploring the environmental impacts of external wall insulation, advising partner Local Authorities on best practice retrofit.

Danielle’s PhD was in design for deconstruction and material reuse – specifically exploring the embodied carbon benefits of this strategy. During the course of her PhD she developed a web-tool, Sakura, to allow designers to quantify the embodied energy and carbon benefits of designing their own projects for deconstruction. Danielle’s undergraduate degree was in Structural Engineering and Architecture.


MEng, PhD

Research project(s)

White Rose Project

Understanding public perceptions and experiences of low carbon building materials. This project is a pilot study to explore public perception of low carbon building materials. It will investigate public understanding and perception of any direct benefits, co-benefits or drawbacks from using these materials, through a series of deliberative workshops. It...

Design for Deconstruction

This research assessed the sustainability benefits of design for deconstruction. Environmental assessment methods were identified as a way to incentivise design for deconstruction but presently they fail to do so. Quantifying the environmental benefits of design for deconstruction is necessary to encourage designers to consider the incorporation of design for...

Population, Growth, and Energy Demand: a Look at Scaling Effects and Agglomeration in the Northern Powerhouse

The recent drive to boost economic growth in the North of England rests upon the premise that through agglomeration effects achieved via better transport infrastructure and connectedness, the 15 million people of the “Northern Powerhouse” could begin to rival London’s economic performance. This, however, raises an immediate challenge: how much...

What is Sheffield made of?

To move towards improved resource efficiency in the built environment it is crucial to have an understanding of existing building stocks and material flows so that options to optimise these can be explored and implemented. However, this information is not currently available at the data resolution required so that all...


(2011). Design for deconstruction and material reuse. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, 164 (4), pp. 195-204.