Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
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.