The Glass and Facade Technology (gFT) research group aims to address real-world challenges and disseminate knowledge in the field of glass structures and façade engineering by undertaking fundamental, application-driven and inter-disciplinary research.
The research group consists of a core group of researchers within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. This core group is supported by a network of researchers in other centres of excellence worldwide.
This set-up allows the group to draw from the latest developments across several disciplines including: structural engineering; construction technology; wind engineering; computational mechanics; architectural materials; building physics; materials science and sustainability.
Most of our projects are grant-aided or industry-funded research and involve close collaboration with industrial partners such as glass producers and processors, cladding manufacturers, façade contractors, consulting engineers and architectural practices.
The research undertaken by the gFT research group ranges from energy exchange through building envelopes to structural performance of glass and other façade components. The projects we undertake address one of the main research themes:
The Glass & Façade Technology (gFT) Research Group addresses real-world challenges in the field of structural glass and façade engineering through fundamental and application-driven research. The gFT Research Group consists of a core research team based at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge supported by a multi-disciplinary network of collaborators in other research centres and in industry. This set-up allows the group to draw from the latest developments and multi-disciplinary expertise including: structural engineering; construction technology; wind engineering; computational mechanics; architectural materials; building physics; building performance simulation; design optimisation; materials science and sustainability. The group is funded through project-specific research grants from publicly-funded research bodies and from contract research with industry. gFTs industrial partners range from regional SMEs to multi-national PLCs.