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Glass & Façade Technology Research Group


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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.

Research Priority Areas

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:

• Smart/optimised skins
• Transparent structures

Research Output & Other Activities

The group produces several publications and is involved in the development and writing of national and international standards. The group is represented at national and international professional societies and at major international conferences. The gFT research group also carries out project-specific glass / facade consultancy and testing.