Research Center for Environment, Housing, and Settlement

Head of Research Center for Environment, Housing, and Settlement:
Ir. Agus Slamet, M.Sc.
Research Center Building 5th Floor
Jalan Teknik Kimia, Kampus ITS Sukolilo
Surabaya, Indonesia 60111.

Email: pusat_klh@yahoo.com

About Research Center for Environment, Housing, and Settlement

Research Center for Environment, Housing, and Settlement is an integration of two existing study centers at ITS, i.e. The Research Center for Settlement and Environment and Research Center for Logistics and Infrastructure. The research center, which was inaugurated in 2015, works to develop research, cooperation, and service of science, technology, and art in settlement, environment, facilities, and infrastructure.

Research Center for Environment, Housing, and Settlement is a member of the Coordinating Agency for Center for Environmental Studies in Indonesia (BKPSL) which has a membership of approximately 100 environmental study centers from all over Indonesia. In 1997 and 1998, PLI Research Center served as head of the coordinating agency. While in 2016 – 2018 PLI Research Center was appointed as Coordinator of Commission for Research and Community Service of BKPSL.

Research Topics

The research roadmap is focused on three areas and one excellent research with local ITS funds. The three areas of research are as follows:

1. Settlement Field

Research activity in this field is developed by a team from the Settlement Laboratory, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Planning (FADP) of ITS. The main research theme in the field of settlement is Sustainability, Affordability of Housing, and Human Settlement and Harmony with Nature. The objective of this research is to produce the settlement and residential design products while preserving local culture and ecosystem. Research topics in the field of environment include:

  • Village Settlement and Houses: Better housing and villages have been developed sofar. Research is directed to the preservation of villages in urban areas while maintaining local culture and wisdom, and well-managed infrastructure and environmental sanitation.
  • Land and Infrastructure: Research is directed to the regulating and developing of infrastructure in residential areas.
  • Housing by People: Research is more focused on empowering communities in residential and settlements.
  • Formal Housing and Settlements: Research is directed at new, more orderly residential development innovations and real estate area planning.
  • Social, Culture, and Environment: Research focused on the field of environmental preservation associated with social and cultural communities in the study object.
  • Strategic Settlement: Research in planning related to the pattern of population distribution, urbanization, and transmigration.
  • Housing Finance and Management: The research focuses on the areas of management and the pattern of shelter financing for the community.
  • Disaster Management: Research focuses on disaster management both for disaster mitigation and post-disaster.

2. Field of Environment

The environmental research roadmap is directed to the developing Pollution Control and Environmental Policy and Sanitation Technology. The development of pollutant technology includes three sources of pollutant aspects: pollutant contaminants; domestic and industrial liquid waste; and domestic, industrial, and toxic and dangerous solid waste. The research roadmap also conducts research in environmental and housing policy-making and the development of technology and environmental sanitation arrangements. In 2017-2019, this study focuses on handling domestic solid waste, especially handling plastic waste that cannot be reused. One alternative solution to plastic waste that cannot be reused is to destroy it through the combustion process. The environmentally friendly incineration process requires an incinerator equipped with an exhaust gas control unit. To succeed this long-term goal, research activities need to be carried out through various small research topics as follows:

  • Identify plastic wastes that cannot be reused and look for burning heat values, and research for burning techniques on plastic waste that cannot be reused to find approprate air and material ratio to achieve their own combustion conditions.
  • Research and designingan exhaust emissions control systems of waste plastic combustion that cannot be reused
  • Planning and making a prototype of an environmentally friendly incinerator consisting of an incinerator and an exhaust emission control system.

3. Infrastructure Sector

Research activities in the infrastructure sector focuses on areas such as sustainable transportation and material development for infrastructure.

  • Research on sustainable transportation leads to traffic engineering innovations and road load management.
  • Research on the development of materials for infrastructure is focused on the utilization and recycling of solid waste into environmentally friendly building materials.
  • Research on the topic of structural engineering was more developed by the civil engineering department, especially in structural engineering. Research activities are focused on building structural engineering innovations.