The SIRIG team has over 20 years research and innovation experience in sustainable infrastructural development.

Its mission focused on the applied research pillars of Environment & Energy, Structures & Infrastructure, Wellness in the Built Environment and Digitisation & Education in AEC.

The Sustainable Infrastructure Research & Innovation group (SIRIG) is an ‘umbrella’ research & innovation group anchored in the School of Building & Civil Engineering. Its research focus is in the area of sustainability in the context of infrastructural developments in the environmental, engineering, and built environments.







Environment & Energy

Focuses on the impact of development on the environment and its potential mitigation including in the key areas of Renewable Energy & Waste Management; Sediment Behaviour, Transport & Management; Water Resource Management; and Wastewater Treatment and Management. The role of the Circular Economy in creating a more sustainable society is a key feature of this research pillar.

Structures & Infrastructure

Focuses on the role of infrastructure to ensure a sustainable future and specifically in key areas including Structural Monitoring, Behaviour and Health; Material Selection and Behaviour; Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Infrastructure; Fire Testing and Strategic Infrastructure Investment. These focus on targeting the long-term feasibility and sustainability of development.

Wellness in the Built Environment

Focuses on a range of societal issues impacting on the design of buildings and specifically in key areas including Legislative and Building Standards; Post Occupancy Building Performance; Thermal Comfort Indoor Air Quality; Universal Design and Lifetime Homes and Neighbourhoods.

Digitisation & Education in AEC

Focuses on the digital agenda in the context of Infrastructural Developments and on a range of themes in Education for the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) disciplines, with a particular focus on Building Information Modelling & Management & Digitisation, and Architecture and Engineering Education.

Our Projects

SIRIG has collaborated and attracted funding on a national and international level with business, research centres, universities and government bodies. Competitive research funding has been awarded, for example, through the Irish Research Council, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and the EU Interreg North West Europe Programme.

WindLEDeRR Project (2022-2024) WindLEDeRR Project (2022-2024)
WindLEDeRR Project (2022-2024)
The WindLEDeRR project will develop a comprehensive decision-making tool for end-of-life wind turbines in Ireland, examining lifetime extension, anomaly detection, fatigue assessment, repurposing, and sustainable decommissioning. WindLEDeRR is funded by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI): National Energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme 2021.
ReNu2Cycle (2023 – 2027) ReNu2Cycle (2023 – 2027)
ReNu2Cycle (2023 – 2027)
The ReNu2Cycle project aims to reduce North West Europe’s dependency on fossil-based fertiliser imports through maximising the use of Recycling Derived Fertilisers (RDFs). The project will examine impacts on availability, ecological footprint & price stability via the use of recycled nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) from municipal, industrial and & agricultural food business waste streams. ReNu2Cycle is building on the achievements of ReNu2Farm (2017 - 2023) which provided regional quantified fertiliser demand research.
Build Digital Project (2022 – 2026) Build Digital Project (2022 – 2026)
Build Digital Project (2022 – 2026)
The Build Digital Project is funded through the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER). The total project value is €2.5m, over the project lifetime from January 2022 to December 2026; MTU’s funding is approximately €360,000.
What are the desired properties of recycling-derived fertilisers from an end-user perspective?
Published : July 2022
SURICATES – Final Report on Implementation of Economic & Environmental Impacts and Benefits Tools for Partner Ports
Published : September 2023
Construction and Cost Analysis of BladeBridges Made from Decommissioned FRP Wind Turbine Blades
Published : December 2023
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