Prof. R.U. Halwatura

Contact information

Address

University of Moratuwa

Department of Civil Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Moratuwa

10400

Primary Email
rangika@uom.lk
Other Emails
rangikauh@gmail.com

Teaching and Administrative Activities

Teaching
  • Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - University of Moratuwa from 04.08.2016 to date.
  • Senior Lecturer of Faculty of Engineering - University of Moratuwa from 04.05.2010 to 03.08.2016.
  • Lecturer of Faculty of Engineering- University of Moratuwa from 2009.02.16 to 2010.05.03.
  • Lecturer (on contract) of Faculty of Engineering- University of Moratuwa from 2006.05.01 to 2009.02.15.
  • Visiting Lecturer - University of Sri Jayawardenepura for teaching a postgraduate course for the MBA- Year 2010 -2016.
  • Visiting Lecturer -  University of Vocational Technology for teaching undergraduate- Year 2013 -2014
  • Programme Coordinator and a developer for Construction Management, Edhat International Higher Diploma (EIHD), Edhat International Limited (UK), Northway House, 1379 High Road, Whetstone, London –Year 2011
  • Moderator and marking examiner in the subject of Building Engineering for the City & Guilds Graduate Diploma examination for Year 2012 to date
  • Visiting Lecturer - City School of Architecture- Year 2010 -2014.
  • Visiting Lecturer at General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University from 2005.02.01 to 2009. 06.31. (Subjects: Theory of Structures and Structural Design for final year Civil Engineering students)

    Research Activities

    Research Supervision
    • PhD - Developing a roof slab Insulation system for tropical climatic conditions, K. Nandapala, 2016

     

    • MSc - “A Study of the effectiveness of hand pump maintenance system in Sri Lanka - Special reference to Southern Province” - C.C.H.C Fernando, Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, Sri Lanka in 2008.
    • MSc - “Causes and effects of delays in construction of water supply projects” - Perera W. D.A., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.
    • MSc - “Factors influencing the duration of road construction projects in Sri Lanka” - Pathiranage Y.L., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.
    • MSc - “Labour productivity in building construction industry” - Gunawardana P. D.H.D., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2011.
    • MSc - “Management of Projects with beneficiary participation: Case study - Rehabilitation internal estate roads” - Ekanayakage S.V., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2011.
    • MSc - “Cost monitoring and controlling practices of construction companies in Sri Lanka” - Weerasinghe S.B., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012.
    • MSc – “Effectiveness of software applications in construction project management” - G. L. Manorathna, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2013
    • MSc - "Factors affecting for Motivation of tradesmen of defence services" - P. Gunasekara, Sri Lanka in 2015.
    • MSc - "Effectiveness of Community participation in minor irrigation rehabilitation projects" - H M J Herath, Sri Lanka 2015

     

    • MBA - “Cost effectiveness of non revenue water reduction” - Ranasinghe C.J, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.
    • MBA - “Sri Lanka software export industry: an evaluation using the software export success model” - Dharmawardhana H. M. S. N, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.
    • MBA - “Evaluating risk factors affecting financing of mini hydropower projects in Sri Lanka” - Rathnaweera P.H.S.B, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.
    • MBA - “Improve the profitability of mono crop agriculture projects by developing as a integrated agriculture projects in Sri Lanka” done by Rajakaruna J.M.C.K, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2010.
    • MBA – “Socio-Economic impacts of rural electrification in western region of Sri Lanka” - Gunatilake P. S., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012
    • MBA – “Parent’s satisfaction on effective daycare centres” -  Samantha M.P.M.G.W, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012
    • MBA – “trends of causes for variation orders in road construction projects in Sri Lanka” -  Ranasinghe N P P P , University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012
    • MBA- Effectiveness of passive building techiniques in dry zone: A case study of an Eco lodge, R.V.D.N.D. Wijeratne

     

    • MSc – “Performance of green roofs in tropical climatic conditions” -  S N Wijerathne, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2012
    • MSc – “Mud-Concrete Paving block for pedestrian pavements in tropical climatic conditions” -  H Galabada, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2016
    • MSc – “Developing a natural Acoustic Barrier for Urban Areas” -  M A D Senanayake , University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2016
    Key Research Areas
    • Sustainable design
    • Sustainable materials
    • Construction Management
    • Thermal and sound Insulations
    • Green technology

    Education and Training

    Education
    • Ph.D. (Structural and building services Engineering) – University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka-2008
    • B.Sc. Engineering - First Class Honours (From University of Moratuwa.) (2004)
    • Followed a short course on “Computer Analysis and Structural Design of Tall Buildings”, “Structural Analysis of Large Structures” University of Moratuwa
    • Followed a workshop on “Guidelines for Design and Installation of Building Services in Commercial Buildings”, Institute for Construction Training and Development, 2007
    • Followed a training programme on Cads RC/Rebar Cad in Cads Software, India
    • Followed a training on curriculum delivery in University of Putra, Malaysia
    • Completed a management training programme at University of Putra, Malaysia, 2011 October
    • Followed a workshop on “Practical use of ICTAD Conditions of Contracts”, Association of Consulting Engineers, Sri Lanka, 2013

    Career

    Professional Affiliations
    • Member, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 2005.
    • Associated Member, Society of Structural Engineers, Sri Lanka, 2005
    • Green Associate Professional, 2014
    • Member, Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science,2009 (M. No-8572/C)
    • Member, Society of Consulting Engineers, 2014
    Positions Held
    • Executive president - University of Moratuwa Teachers’ Association, University of Moratuwa (UMTA) -2011-2017
    • Executive President - Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) - 2016
    • Vice President - Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) from 2013.01.16 -2016. 01. 29
    Professional Assignments
    • Council Member - National Human Resourse Development Council (NHRDC) from March 2015 to date.
    • Committee member of Audit and Management Committee of National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka (NHRDC) from April 2015 to date.
    • Committee member of the university and higher education committee of Ministry of Policy Planning, Economic Affairs, Child, Youth and Cultural Affairs from May 2015 to date.
    • Board member, Academic affairs committee, National institute of Education from April 2015 to date
    • Council member, Society of Consulting Engineers, Sri Lanka from March 2015 to date
    • Member of National Education Commission ( NEC) ) from December 2017 to date
    • Committee member of the committee of experts to review examinations and evaluation system and roles and functions of Department of Examination, April 2017 to date.
    • Member of Project Steering Committee for the establishment of the National Science Centre, 2017
    • Committee member of the committee to reform the education and set goals for 13 year education and the team leader for advance level reforms, Ministry of higher education, 2017
    • Committee member of the reforms for Examination department, Ministry of higher education, 2017
    • Committee member of the committee on formation of an Education Policy Framework, 2017
    • Member of National Education Commission ( NEC) ) from December 2017 to date.
    • Member of Project Steering Committee for the establishment of the National Science Centre, 2017
    • Committee member of the committee of experts to review examinations and evaluation system and roles and functions of Department of Examination, April 2017- 2018
    • Committee member – Education standing committee, National Education Commission - 2018
    Professional Activities
    • Construction Management
    • Structural Designing
    • Project Planning and Monitoring
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Sustainable design
    • Green technology

    Honours and Awards

    Honours and Awards
    • Sir Lanka Associate for the Advancement of Science- Posgraduate Research Merit Award – 2009
    • University of Moratuwa Award for the Best Civil Engineering Graduand in Construction Engineering & Management
    • University of Moratuwa Award for the Best Civil Engineering Graduand in Building & Structural Engineering
    • University of Moratuwa Award for the Best Civil Engineering Graduand in Transportation & Geotechnical Engineering
    • Energy Globe Award - National Winner Sri Lanka - 2016
    • Award for Outstanding Research award with distinction, University of Moratuwa. 2014.
    • JCI TOYP (Top outstanding young persons of Sri Lanka) award - Academic Leadership and Accomplishment for the year 2014
    • Award for Outstanding Research award with distinction, University of Moratuwa. 2013.
    • Award for Outstanding Research performance, University of Moratuwa. 2012.
    • Hiran Tillekeratne Research award, University Grant Commission for the research carried out during the period from 2007 to 2009
    • CVCD Excellence award - Most Outstanding Young Researcher in the field of Technology and related Sciences including Engineering, Architecture, Quantity Surveying and Information Technology - 2016
    • Award for Outstanding Research performance, University of Moratuwa. 2015.
    • Award for Outstanding Research award with distinction, University of Moratuwa. 2016.
    • Most Outstanding Sri Lankans Awards, under the title of Best inventor award for Inventing Sustainable Design and Materials - 2017
    • TWAS ( The World Academy of Science) Young scientist award – 2017
    • Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science – Environment award (Individual category) for Sustainable Construction Materials in Sri Lanka -2017
    • SUSRED award, National Science Foundation, 2017

    Publications*

    Publications

     

    PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS 

     

    • R.U. Halwatura, M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Strategies for improved micro-climates in high-density residential developments in tropical climates, Energy for Sustainable Development, (2007), Volume XI No. 4 (44-55).
    • R.U. Halwatura, M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Thermal performance of insulated roof slabs in tropical climates, Energy and Buildings 40 (2008) 1153–1160.
    • R.U. Halwatura, M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Influence of insulated roof slabs on air conditioned spaces in tropical climatic conditions-A life cycle cost approach, Energy and Buildings 41 (2009) 678–686.
    • Pathiranage, Y. L. and Halwatura, R. U., Factors Influencing the Duration of Road Construction Projects in Sri Lanka, ENGINEER Journal, Vol. XXXIII, No. 04, pp 17-30, October 2010
    • B S S S Dareeju, J N Meegahage, R U Halwatura, Performance of Green Roof Against the Global warming, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [297-302], 2011
    • R U Halwatura, G.H.E.Silva, H.A.D.Mahanama, P.M.S.Jayamanna, A.G.T.N.Jayaweera, Ecological Design Considerations in High-rise Buildings With References to CO2 Levels, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [104-111], 2012
    • S.N.Wijerathne, R U Halwatura, Mitigating the Scale of Urban Heat Island Effect in Cities with Implementation of Green Roofs, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [120-126], 2012
    • W. D. A Perera, R U Halwatura, Causes and effects of delays in construction of medium scale drinking water supply projects in Sri Lanka, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [151-159], 2012
    • R. K. P. S. Gunatilake, R U Halwatura, Socio-Economic Impacts of Rural Electrification, Annual Transactions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, pp. [224-233], 2012
    • R U Halwatura, Effect of Turf Roof Slabs on Indoor Thermal Performance in Tropical Climates: A Life Cycle Cost Approach, Journal of Construction Engineering, Volume 2013, Article ID 845158, 10 pages.
    • R U Halwatura, N. P. N. P. Ranasinghe, Causes of Variation Orders in Road Construction Projects in Sri Lanka, ISRN Construction Engineering, Volume 2013, Article ID 381670, 7 pages, Volume 2013, Article ID 381670, 7 pages
    • R U Halwatura, Performance of Insulated Roofs with Elevated Outdoor Conditions Due to Global Warming, Journal of Environmental Treatment Techniques, 2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages: 134-142
    • Ranasinghe A.W.L.H and R.U. Halwatura, Performance of mud houses and contentment in Sri Lankan context, Annual sessions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Volume I, Part B pp. [69-76], 2014
    • R. U Halwatura, Critical Factors Which Govern Labour Productivity in Building Construction Industry in Sri Lanka, PM World Journal, Vol. IV, Issue IV – April 2015, 1-13
    • R U Halwatura, EFFECTIVENESS OF CONTRACTORS ALL RISK (CAR) INSURANCE POLICIES IN ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, Journal of Basic and Applied Research International, 9(1), pp 56-67, 2015.
    • M.A.D Senanayake, R U Halwatura, HUMAN PERCEPTION AND ACCEPTANCE OF NATURAL BARRIERS, Journal of Global Ecology and Environment, 3(1), pp39-55, 2015
    • C. Udawattha, R U Halwatura, Embodied Energy of Mud Concrete Block (MCB) Versus Brick and Cement Blocks, Energy and Buildings, 126 (2016) 28–35.
    • K. Nandapala, R. Halwatura, Design of a Durable Roof Slab Insulation System for Tropical Climatic Conditions, Cogent Engineering, Vol.3, P.1196526, Dec. 2016
    • Udawattha, C., & Halwatura, R. (2016). Thermal performance and structural cooling analysis of brick, cement block, and mud concrete block. ADVANCES IN BUILDING ENERGY RESEARCH, 2016.
    •  Udawattha, C., & Halwatura, R. (2016) Life cycle cost of different Walling material used for affordable housing in tropics, Case Studies in Construction Materials, Volume 7, December 2017, Pages 15-29
    • Udawattha, C., H Galabada,, R U Halwatura, ( 2017) Mud concrete paving bock for pedestrian pavements, Case Studies in Construction Materials, Volume 7, Page 249-262 
    • F.R. Arooz, , R.U. Halwatura, Mud-concrete block (MCB): mix design & durability characteristics, Case Studies in Construction Materials, Volume 8, June 2018, Pages 39–50
    • C Uadawattha, H Galkanda, I S Ariyarathne, G Y Jayasinghe, R U Halwatura, Mold growth and moss growth on tropical walls, Building and Environment, Volume137,Pages 268-279,2018
    • H Herath, R U Halwatura, G Y Jayasinghe, Modeling a tropical  urban context with green walls and green roofs as an ruban adaptation strategy, Procedia Engineering, Volume 212, 691-698, 2018 .
    • H Herath, R U Halwatura, G Y Jayasinghe, Evaluation of green infrastructure effects on tropical Sri Lankan urban context as an adaptation strategy, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Volume 29, page 212-222
    • C Uadawattha,  R U Halwatura, Geopolymerized self-compacting mud concrete masonry units, Case Studies in Construction Materials, 2018
    • R.U. Galagoda , G.Y. Jayasinghea,  R.U. Halwatura , H.T. Rupasinghe, The impact of urban green infrastructure as a sustainable approach towards tropical micro-climatic changes and human thermal comfort, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 2018
    • C. Uadawattha,  H. Galkanda, D. E. De Silva,  R. U. Halwatura,  Performance of natural polymers for Stabilizing earth blocks, Materialia, 2018

     

    PUBLICATIONS IN PROCEEDINGS OF CONFERENCES

     

    • R. U. Halwatura, R.S. Mallawarachchi, M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Cyclone resistant insulated roof slabs, Proceedings of the International Conference on Mitigation of the Risk of Natural Disasters, 27-28, March 2007 University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
    • R.U. Halwatura , M.T.R. Jayasinghe, Comparative study of performance of different roofing types for indoor thermal comfort in residential buildings, Proceedings of the International Collaborative Graduate Symposium Between Saitama University, Japan  and University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 28 January-02 February 2008 University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
    • R.U. Halwatura , A.A.D.A.J. Perera, Risk in the use of asbestos roofing sheets in Sri Lanka, Environmental Science and Policy, Proceedings of the Annual Symposium, Kothalawala Defence University, Sri Lanka, December 2009.
    • R.U. Halwatura, B.S.S.S. Dareeju, K.A. Deshappriya, J.N. Meegahage, Indoor thermal performance of turf roof slabs, Proceedings of the 16th Annual symposium, Engineering research unit, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, November 2nd ,2010.
    • B.S.S.S. Dareeju, J.N. Meegahage, R.U. Halwatura, Influence of Grass Cover on Flat Reinforced Concrete Slabs in a Tropical Climate, Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2010), Kandy, 13-14 December 2010, Sri Lanka.
    • S.N.Wijerathne, R.U.Halwatura, The Impact of Green Roofs on Urban Heat Island Effect, Proceedings of the International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR 2011), 19th - 21st July 2011, Sri Lanka.
    • Dareeju, B.S.S.S., Meegahage, J.N., Halwatura, R.U., 2011, Indoor Thermal Performance of Green Roof in a Tropical Climate, Proceedings of the International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR 2011), 19th - 21st July 2011, Sri Lanka.
    • S Bandara, Dr. R. U. Halwathura, project control in multi-project environment in Sri Lanka, IESL-SSMS Joint International Symposium on Social Management Systems, 14th – 16th September, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2011.
    • R.U Halwatura, K.C Tharanga, T.N Molagoda, R.M.P.N Rathnayaka, Effect of passive techniques in old buildings in Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the International Conference Structural Engineering, Construction and Management, 16th - 18th December 2011, Sri Lanka.
    • S.N.Wijerathne, R.U.Halwatura, Amplification of comfort and the air quality with green roof in cities, Proceedings of the International Conference Structural Engineering, Construction and Management, 16th - 18th December 2011, Sri Lanka.
    • A.W.L.H. Ranasinghe, R.U. Halwatura, User comfort on urban roads, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Advances in Civil and Environmental Engineering Practices for Sustainable Development (ACEPS), 19th March 2012, Sri Lanka.
    • A.W.L.H. Ranasinghe, A.A.D.A.J. Perera, R.U. Halwatura, Occupant Satisfaction on Indoor Comfort in a Green Building, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Advances in Civil and Environmental Engineering Practices for Sustainable Development (ACEPS), 19th March 2012, Sri Lanka.
    • R U Halwatura, M Rawshan, Effect of Greenery on CO2 concentration inside dwellings,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 14th - 16th  December  2012, Sri Lanka.
    • R U Halwatura, N M Nishad, Effects of greenery on city comfort and different microclimatic conditions,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 14th -16th  December  2012, Sri Lanka.
    • R U Halwatura, A W L H Ranasinghe, H M C C Somarathna, K A C Sampath, K G Jayathulaka,  Feasibility study on a mud block with straw,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 14th - 16th  December  2012, Sri Lanka.
    • R U Halwatura, T L Jayathunga, Health and safety aspects in building construction industry in Sri Lanka,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 14th -16th  December  2012, Sri Lanka.
    • R U Halwatura, V G N P Jayawardena, H M C C Somarathna, Identification of damages to building structures due to roots of trees, Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 14th - 16th  December  2012, Sri Lanka.
    • R U Halwatura, J P S Chamila, A B V P R Somarathna, Influence of straw bale construction in air conditioning in tropical climatic condition, Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 14th - 16th  December  2012, Sri Lanka.
    • J P S Chamila, R U Halwatura, Performance of straw bale construction in tropical climatic condition,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 14th 16th  December  2012, Sri Lanka.
    • S V Ekanayake, R U Halwatura, Success factors in donor funded projects: Case study on internal estate roads,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 14th 16th  December  2012, Sri Lanka.
    • Asmone A.S, S.R.M.S.R. Chandrathilake and R.U. Halwatura, Effect of Albedo on surface temperature of concrete interlocking paving blocks in mitigating urban heat lands, Proceedings on 4th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, Kandy, December 13-15, 2013, pp 77-88.
    • Ranasinghe A.W.L.H and R.U. Halwatura, Effect of external factors within a green building – A case study, Proceedings on 4th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, Kandy, December 13-15, 2013, pp 131-139.
    • M P K C Nandapala, R U Halwatura, Safety issues arising in communication towers, Proceedings on 4th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, Kandy, December 13-15, 2013, pp 34-44.
    • K. Nandapala and R. U. Halwatura, “Mitigation of safety issues in telecommunication towers,” (Earl’s Regency Hotel, Kandy), pp. 34–44, Dec. 2013
    • Peramunugamage A, R.U.Halwatura, Current trends and patterns of Technology use in Higher Education, International Technical Meeting on e-Learning and Technical Communication, 5th & 6th December 2013, Sri Lanka.
    • Kumara A. S, K.D.Gunawardana, R.U Halwatura, An Empirical Study of the Impact of User Training and Attitude towards ERP implementation in selected Companies in Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the ITRU Research Symposium, 5th December 2013
    • G. Kuruppu, R U Halwatura, Effectiveness of Moodle Application on Technical Tertiary Education in Sri Lanka, Proceedings on 2013 IEEE International Conference on MOOC, Innovation and Technology in Education, Jaipur, India, December 20 - 22 2013, pp 362-365.
    • H.R.A.T Ranaweera, R.U Halwatura, Analysis of Tourism and Fashion Retailing; A Sri Lankan Perspective, Proceedings of 2nd international conference on marketing (ICOM 2014) 25th -26th February 2014 at Colombo, Page-92-100.
    • M P K C Nandapala, R.U Halwatura, Construction safety issues related to telecommunication tower, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment 2014, 12th - 15th, Sri Lanka, Volume 4, pages 101 - 111
    • M P K C Nandapala, R.U Halwatura, Prioritizing effective means of retrofitting flat slabs to meet public demands in order to promote sustainable built environment, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment 2014, 12th - 15th, Sri Lanka, Volume 1, pages 174 - 180
    • H.N. Hikkaduwa, R.U. Halwatura, Acceptance of Reed Bed Sewer Treatment System with Owner-Driven method, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment 2014, 12th - 15th, Sri Lanka, Volume 3, pages 89-97.
    • H.R.A.T Ranaweera, R.U Halwatura, Identifying consumer perceived values of tourism products, Proceedings of the 3rd International Economics Research Conference of the Sri Lanka Forum of University Economists, 19th - 20th December 2014, Page-195 - 201.
    • G. H. Galabada, K.M.H.C. Karunathilaka and R.U. Halwatura, Comparison of different types of pedestrian paving materials, Proceedings of Civil Engineering Department Research Symposium, 22nd October 2015, Page 25 - 28.
    • D.U.P Wickramasekara and R.U Halwatura, Investigation of Possible Vegetation for a Natural Sound Barrier, Proceedings of Civil Engineering Department Research Symposium, 22nd October 2015, Page 29-32.
    • M.K.D.L. Mirihagalla and R.U. Halwatura, Investigation of a possible natural or artificial barrier to reduce urban CO2 concentration, Proceedings of Civil Engineering Department Research Symposium, 22nd October 2015, Page 57-60.
    • Nadarajah, T. Halwatura, R.U[2015], Improving workability, strength and appearance in interlocking blocks using grinded paddy husk ash, FARU International Research Symposium 2015 – University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. p.158-172.
    • Arooz, F.R. Ranasinghe, A.W.L.H. Halwatura, R.U[2015], Mud – Concrete Block Construction, Community centers for war victim communites in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, FARU International Research Symposium 2015 – University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. p.186-200.
    • Nandapala, K. Halwatura, R.U[2015], Developing a structurally sound and durable roof slab insulation system for tropical climates, FARU International Research Symposium 2015 – University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. p.201-214.
    • Galabada, H. Thoradeniya, B. Halwatura, R.U[2015], Public perception on urban outdoor construction and their materials, FARU International Research Symposium 2015 – University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. p.405-416.
    • A. C. A. Suja,  R. U. Halwatura, Developing a Mud block for load bearing wall with 10% cement and low fines content, 5-6 April 2016, 2016 Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference (MERCon)IEEE,
    • Udawattha, C., Arooz, F. R., & Halwatura, R. U. (2016). Manufacturing framework and cost optimisation for Building Mud-Concrete Blocks. In Science for the people: Mobilizing Modern Technologies for Sustainable Development in Asia (pp. 326–331). Colombo, Sri Lanka: National Science Foundation, National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka
    • Arooz, F. R., & Halwatura, R. U. MUD-CONCRETE BLOCK - A sustainable building material for green construction in developing countries, National Green Conference 2016 at University of Kelaniya,
    • Udawattha, C., & Halwatura, R. U. The embodied energy and life cycle costing: A case study on basic dwellings in Sri Lanka, National Green Conference 2016 at University of Kelaniya,
    • Udawattha, C., & Halwatura, R. U. Life cycle cost and energy analysis of an Affordable house in Sri Lanka, WinC 2016 August 19 & 20, 2016 – Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka
    • Pathirana, S., & Halwatura, R. U. (2016), Investigating the adaptability of existing building energy rating systems to Sri Lankan residential buildings,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 16th -18th  December  2016, Sri Lanka.
    • Udawattha, C., Arooz, F. R., & Halwatura, R. U. (2016), Energy Content of walling materials- A comparison of Mud Concrete Blocks, Bricks Cabook and Cement Blocks in Tropics,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 16th -18th  December  2016, Sri Lanka.
    • Udawattha, C., Arooz, F. R., & Halwatura, R. U. (2016), New earth walling material: Integrating modern technology into ancient mud wall, Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2012), 16th -18th December 2016, Sri Lanka.
    • C. Udawattha, R. Halwatura, Comparative Study of Embodied Energy in Different Walling Materials, in: Proceedings of the International Forestry and Environment Symposium 2016, Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, 2016: p. 2016.
    • Arooz, F. R., Babilegedara, T. D., & Halwatura, R. U. (2017). Effect of Aggregate Percentage on Compressive Strength of Self-Compacting In-Situ Cast Mud - Concrete Load Bearing Walls (p. 48). Presented at the 3rd International MERCon 2017, University of Moratuwa,Sri Lanka: IEEE. Retrieved from www.mercon.mrt.ac.lk
    • Arooz, F. R., Udawattha, C., & Halwatura, R. U. (2017). Community empowerment through Mud-Concrete technology Sustainable building techniques to revitalise the war victim communities in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. In World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017, Hong Kong (Vol. 17). Hong Kong: Construction Industry Council and Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited. Retrieved from http://www.hkgbc.org.hk
    • Bandara, B. V. D. ., Arooz, F. R., & Halwatura, R. U. (2016). Investigation of thermal optimization of Mud-Concrete,  Civil engineering research symposium-2016 (pp. 58–61). University of Mortuwa: Faculty of Engineering.
    • Bandara, D. M. H. ., Arooz, F. R., & Halwatura, R. U. (2016). Effect of Gravel size on strength of Mud-Concrete. Civil engineering research symposium-2016 (pp. 62–65). University of Mortuwa: Faculty of Engineering.
    • Pathirana, S., Sheranie, M., & Halwatura, R. U. (2017). Indoor thermal comfort and carbon dioxide concentration (p. 60). 3rd International MERCon 2017, University of Moratuwa,Sri Lanka: IEEE. Retrieved from www.mercon.mrt.ac.lk
    • Senanayake, I. K. G. S., Rupasinghe, H. T., & Halwatura, R. U. (2017). Mitigation of Traffic Induced Carbon Dioxide Concentration through Road-Side Greenery (p. 55). 3rd International MERCon 2017, University of Moratuwa,Sri Lanka: IEEE. Retrieved from www.mercon.mrt.ac.lk
    • C. Udawattha, D. Jayasinghe, and R. Halwatura, “Investigation of bottom ash as alternative stabilizer for Mud Concrete Block,” Annu. Int. Res. Conf. KDU, pp. 3–7, 2017.
    • N.H.V.T.N. Nanayakkara, C.D. Udawattha, R. U. (2017). Investigation on Elements and their fraction of Housing Construction Cost (p. 34). Presented at the 3rd International MERCon 2017, University of Moratuwa,Sri Lanka: IEEE. Retrieved from www.mercon.mrt.ac.lk
    • C. Udawattha, R. Halwatura, Character of Lime as an Alternative Stabilizer to Improve the Long Term Strength of Mud Concrete Block, in: 8th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, ICSECM2017, 2017.
    • C. Udawattha, P. Dilshan, R. Halwatura, Use of fly ash as alternative stabilizer for Mud Concrete Block, in: The Annual International Research Conference of KDU, 2017: pp. 8–12.
    • S. M. Pathirana, R. U. Halwatura, An assessment of rooftop solar PV policies and domestic energy use: Scenario of Sri Lankan residential sector, FARU - 10th International Built Environment Research Conference , University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2017. 
    • A Sirisena, R U Halwatura, H Herath, G Y Jayasinghe, Thermal performance of a green roof modular system fixed on gable roofs, Proceedings of International Forestry and Environment symposium, Volume 22, 2018
    • C Udawattha, H Galkanda, R U Halwatura (2018) A Study on Natural Rain Surface Erosion of Different Walling Materials in Tropics, 4th International MERCon 2018, University of Moratuwa,Sri Lanka: IEEE. Retrieved from www.mercon.mrt.ac.lk
    • C Udawattha, L Akmeemana, R U Halwatura ( 2018)Fly Ash-based Geopolymer Mud Concrete Block4th International MERCon 2018, University of Moratuwa,Sri Lanka: IEEE. Retrieved from www.mercon.mrt.ac.lk
    • U Karunathilake, R U Halwatura, S Pathirana ( 2018) Optimization of Thermal Comfort in Sri Lankan Residential Buildings, 4th International MERCon 2018, University of Moratuwa,Sri Lanka: IEEE. Retrieved from www.mercon.mrt.ac.lk

     

     

     

    PATENTS

     

    • Mud concrete block                                                               - Patent No: 17616
    • A heat insulation system                                                     - Patent No: 17803
    • Mud paving block                                                                 - Patent No: 17724
    • Self-compacting in-situ cast mud-concrete load bearing wall system - Patent No: 18762
    • Vegitated Roof Slab system                                   - Patent No: 18761
    • Modular Formwork system for in-situ cast walls made out of self compacting soil-based materials                                                                                                       - Patent No. 18879
    • Bamboo Heat Insulation Panels for Roof Slabs - Patent No. 18880
    • A vegetated wall panel system for double skin wall envelop         - Patent no –19279
    • Rubber stabilized earth block for load bearing walls      - Patent no – 19379
    • A vegetated roof tile system                                                - Patent no – 19155
    • Fly Ash stabilized self-compacting earth blocks for load bearing walls - Patent no –19495

     

    Ongoing Research

    •    Mud Concrete insitu cast concrete wall systems
    •    Possible stabilizers for Mud construction
    •    Energy rating systems
    •    The effect of confinement in Mud Construction
    •    Double skin walls with vegetation
    •    Green roofing systems for sloping roofs
    •    vegetation as natural sound barrios 

    •    Indoor air quality 

     

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