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Lucelia Rodrigues

Associate Professor, Sustainable and Resilient Cities Lead, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr Lucelia Rodrigues is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment of the University of Nottingham, where her teaching has a strong focus on environmental design and sustainability. Her work has always been very cross-disciplinary, aiming to inform the sustainable practice of architecture and enhance the quality of the built environment. She is particularly interested in the resilience of communities and buildings in a changing climate and has been involved in several projects focused on different aspects of sustainability, particularly energy and comfort. She is the University's leader for the Sustainable and Resilient Cities research area.

Lucelia qualified as an architect in Brazil in 1999 and spent the next five years working in practice on residential and commercial building projects where she acquired experience in sustainability in architecture. She then completed an MSc in Renewable Energy and Architecture sponsored by a Foreign & Commonwealth Office Scholarship through the Chevening Programme, designed to support people with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. Following the completion of her MSc, she was awarded an Industry Studentship and a PhD Scholarship for Research Excellence from Brazil to explore the thermal performance and climate resilience of low-energy houses as part of her doctoral research. This work, completed in 2009, involved the integration and exploitation of high capacitance and high inertial materials to mitigate overheating in dwellings built using lightweight construction materials, and included some of the first in-situ studies of phase-change materials in housing. It was one of the first works in the country to identify and quantify the issues of overheating in housing using empirical data and the application of probabilistic future climate scenarios in dynamic computer simulation.

Lucelia is also a member of the Architecture, Energy & Environment Research Group.

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Teaching Summary

Lucelia has been a full-time lecturer in architecture at the University of Nottingham since 2008 where she teaches mostly at post-graduate level with a strong focus on environmental design and… read more

Research Summary

Having come from architectural practice, her research has always been very hands-on, aiming to inform the sustainable practice of architecture and enhance the quality of the built environment. Her… read more

Selected Publications

Panel Member

2016 - present Sustainable Nottingham strategic working group with Nottingham City Council

2016 - present Nottingham as a Smart City strategic working group with Nottingham City Council

2016 - present Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation panel 2016

2011 - present UK Passivhaus Steering Committee

2012 Beyond Zero Carbon Housing

Keynote, Invited Speaker, Lecturer (other Institutions)

04.03.16 - "The Nottingham H.O.U.S.E." Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK.

29.01.16 - "Shared Energy for Resilient Communities". Collaborative Housing & Community Resilience Seminar funded by the ESRC. Sheffield, UK.

30.11.15 - "Meadows Community Focus Event". MOZES General Meeting. Nottingham, UK.

04.11.15 - "Community Energy in the Meadows" at the Em-Power Nottingham. Nottingham, UK.

05.03.13 - "Voluntary Building Standards: Why Bother?" at Ecobuild. London, UK.

04.10.12 - International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and Sinduscon: "Is Added Sustainability equal to Added Value?". Sao Paulo, Brazil.

14.05.12 - "Low-carbon housing design informed by research" (with Mark Gillott). Institute of Civil Engineers, Thomas Telford Lecture Series. London, UK.

2011 - "Retrofit: Moving in and Moving on - the Applicability of Phase Change Materials in Housing". AECB Annual Conference, Sustainable Building Association. Nottingham, UK.

2010 - "Reflections on the Performance of the BASF House". Good Homes Alliance (GHA). Nottingham, UK.

2010 and 2011 - "The Application of Phase-Change-Materials in Building Design". Invited Lecturer at the MSc & MArch Sustainable Environmental Design - Architectural Association (AA), London, UK.

Invited expert

  • The Challenge of Retrofitting Residential Buildings in China, Chongqing, China, 31st October to 2nd November 2014
  • Zero Carbon Hub Overheating in Housing Workshop 16 July 2014

Debate Panel Member/ Invited expert

31.10- 02.11.14 The Challenge of Retrofitting Residential Buildings in China, Chongqing, China

16.07.14 Zero Carbon Hub - Overheating Workshop

16.10.14 Bright Energy Futures Tweet-Up (Saint-Gobain & Ecobuild)

05.12.14 RE.WORK Future Cities Summit

18.10.13 UK Passivhaus Conference

Committees, Advisory Boards, Reviewer

  • Conference co-chair for the 14th International Conference in Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) 2015
  • Scientific Committee: Passive and Low-Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference; Building Simulation and Optimisation Conference; Passivhaus UK Conference; International Conference of Sustainable Energy Technologies
  • Strategic Advisory Panel Member and Organiser: UK Passivhaus Conference 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; SET 2015, 2016; Beyond Zero Carbon Housing 2012
  • PhD External Reviewer: Brunel University 2013
  • Journal Reviewer: International Journal of Building and Environment, International Journal of Energy Conversion and Management, International Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society, Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineering - Engineering Sustainability, Journal of Intelligent Buildings International.
  • Grant Application Referee: Leverhulme Trust

Vitality Indicators

  • Invited Conference Session Chair: International Conference in Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014; International Conference on Passive Low-Energy Architecture (PLEA) 2011; UKPH 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; Vertical Farming Conference, 2012; Beyond Zero Carbon Housing 2012.
  • Conference Contributor: Annual All-Ireland Architecture Research Group Meeting Dublin (AIARG) 2015; International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR at UCL) 2014; Resilience 2014; Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB) 2012; SET 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; PLEA 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; GHA 2010, International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) 2012.
  • Media Appearance: Housebuilder managzine April 2016; FCO "See Britain Through my Eyes" film series, BBC breakfast 2007, 2008; Nottingham Evening Post 2008 (PhD); Voice of America 2008 (Creative Energy Homes); ITV Central News 2010 (Nottingham H.O.U.S.E.); 'Isto É' magazine (the Brazilian equivalent to Times) 2010; Alderney Press 2006.

Prizes and Awards

  • 2010 Best Research Paper for 2010, the Institute of Civil Engineers Trevithick Prize (joint)
  • 2010 2nd Place in Sustainability for the Nottingham HOUSE at Solar Decathlon Europe (joint)
  • 2010 Best use of timber for the Nottingham HOUSE at Ecobuild, London (joint)
  • 2008 1st Prize, Paula Rosa Eco Kitchen Design Award, Nottingham (joint)
  • 2005 Industry Studentship for PhD Programme, Nottingham
  • 2005 PhD Scholarship for Research Excellence from Brazil, University of Nottingham
  • 2004 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Scholarship, Chevening Programme for Future Leaders
  • 2004 Postgraduate Scholarship for Overseas Students, University of Nottingham

Lucelia has been a full-time lecturer in architecture at the University of Nottingham since 2008 where she teaches mostly at post-graduate level with a strong focus on environmental design and sustainable architecture. Her work is very cross-disciplinary, building the link between architecture, building science and renewable energy technologies. She is Course Director for the MArch in Environmental Design. Her 'student evaluation of teaching' scores are consistently amongst the top 5% in our Faculty.

Students under her guidance have won over 30 awards for their projects, including the Nottingham H.O.U.S.E (Home Optimising the Use of Solar Energy) for the Solar Decathlon competition. Some highlights are listed below.

Passivhaus Student Competition

2015 - Chenglei Sheng for Multi-Beeston - 1st Prize

2015 - Sabrina Mostofa for iBee - Highly Commended

Isover Multi-Comfort House Architectural Design Competition

2016 - Hong Long & Abdulquadri Ademakinwa, 1st Prize National Stage - Biophilic District in Brest

2016 - Fenty Indarti & Wang Lu, 2nd Prize National Stage - SEED: Sustainable Evolving Env. of Dvor in Brest

2016 - Sophia Madhi Gnanaprakasam & Pryia Singh, 3rd Prize National Stage - Sustainable Housing in Brest

2014 - Heba Nazer, 1st Prize National Stage & Special Prize Intern Stage - School in Gaziantep, Turkey

2014 - Gigih Nalendra, Haipeng Wang and Nadia Vasti, 2nd Prize National Stage - School in Gaziantep

2012 - Thomas Bennett and Denny Chan, Second Prize, National Stage - Regeneration of the Trent Basin

2012 - Funsho Parrott and Sian Hogdson, Third Prize, National Stage - Regeneration of the Trent Basin

2012 - Seda Kacel and My Dao, Shortlisted at the National Stage - Regeneration of the Trent Basin

2012 - Hung Dang, Shortlisted at the National Stage - Regeneration of the Trent Basin

2012 - Stella Praba and Rong Xu, Shortlisted at the National Stage - Regeneration of the Trent Basin

2008 - Iona Campbell, First Prize, National Stage - School design.

2008 - Thomas Bennett, Second Prize, National Stage - School design.

2008 - Liming Qiao, Third Prize, National Stage - School design.

'The Student Award for Low Carbon Environmental Design' RIBA EM Awards

2010 - Oliver Peach, Alexander Loren-Gosling & Peter Phillips: Green Street Zero Carbon Housing - Winner.

2010 - David Brook & Samantha Barclay: Felton Road Zero Carbon Housing, Meadows - Special mention

2009 - Jun Aso & Jin Dong Wu for Green Street, Zero Carbon Housing, Meadows - Highly Commended

2009 - Benjamin Hopkins, Rachel Lee, and Chris Dalton for the HEART, Zero Carbon Housing, Meadows, Nottingham. Highly Commended

2009 - Alex Lewis, Seema Mistry, and Daniel Dunn, E.ON 2016 House Stage 2 retrofit, achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3. Special mention

Best Paper at the Conference for Masters Students (London Metropolitan University & Arup)

2011 - Rahul Suralkar: solar responsive kinetic facade shading systems inspired by nature

Mario Cucinella Best Case Study Project Award

2013 - Meghna Purkayastha - first prize

2013 - Zhu Wei and Sohni Rajiv Rao - second prize

Rushcliffe Solar Best Use of Photovoltaics Prize

2014 - Chetan Tippa, Regeneration of Matlock, UK

2013 - Sohni Rao, School in Recife, Brazil

2012 - Rishika Shroff & Deepika Singhal, Regeneration of the Trent Basin, Nottingham

Blueprint Award for Excellence in Sustainable Processes and Design

2013 - Sohni Rao, School in Recife, Brazil

2012 - Thomas Bennett and Denny Chan, Regeneration of the Trent Basin, Nottingham

RE-Design Challenge Competition by Hermes Real Estate and supported by ARUP:

2009 - Best technical thinking for Agam Shah

International Solar Decathlon competition "Sustainability Award"

2010 - University of Nottingham Student Team: The Nottingham H.O.U.S.E.

TTJ/Timber & Sustainable Building Timber at Ecobuild prize

2010 - University of Nottingham Student Team: The Nottingham H.O.U.S.E,

Jeffrey Cook Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference Travel Scholarship

2015 - Lorna Kiamba

2011 - Daniela Besser

Current Research

Having come from architectural practice, her research has always been very hands-on, aiming to inform the sustainable practice of architecture and enhance the quality of the built environment. Her work has always been very cross-disciplinary, aiming to inform the sustainable practice of architecture and enhance the quality of the built environment. She is particularly interested in the resilience of communities and buildings in a changing climate and has been involved in several projects focused on different aspects of sustainability, particularly energy and comfort.

Lucelia has developed some of the first in-situ studies of phase-change materials in housing, and one of the first works in the UK that identified and quantified overheating in housing using empirical data and the application of probabilistic future climate scenarios in dynamic computer simulation. She is well-versed in several simulation packages, which she has been using for the last 10 years for teaching, research and consultancy.

She has consistently attracted a high level of research income in the field of architecture and planning. To date, she has been principal investigator in 11 and co-investigator in 9 funded research projects, with a combined value of over £25M. She has over £12M worth of proposals under review as a principle investigator, and a number of others in the pipeline. She has over 70 peer-reviewed research publications including journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and conference proceedings as a single editor. She has several articles in the pipeline and planned impact case studies in response to the Research Excellence Framework requirements. She currently supervise 10 PhD students, of which 5 are about to finish, and has supervised 4 others to completion.

Lucelia has been invited to chair international conferences, to speak in CPD courses as well as in postgraduate courses at other universities, and to deliver keynote presentations at academic and professional events. Through collaboration in research projects and other activities, she has built a strong relationship with key industry partners and policy makers, such as AT Kearney, Siemens, Igloo Blueprint, Tarmac, Saint Gobain, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes. She currently sits in the Nottingham Sustainable Development Strategy working group, the Nottingham Green Partnership and the Nottingham Smart City team.

She is UoN's leading investigator in the €8.9M (£6.75M) EU funded 'Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability' TURAS, in the EnvirUP £632k 'Scaling-up retrofit' project funded by Innovate UK to develop a new external wall insulation system and two projects focused on the climate resilience of dwellings. She is also the leader investigator in the TARMAC funded project on sustainable concrete solutions for resilient housing (£65k) and a co-investigator in the Disruptive Technologies project (£45k) funded by the same company.

She is a collaborator in the £2.5M award winning Creative Energy Homes and an investigator in the SCENIC (Smart Controlled Energy Networks Integrated in Communities) project funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (£422k) that focuses on designing, constructing and demonstrating an integrated community heat and power network to demonstrate how an integrated energy management system can support resilience and sustainability within communities. She is also an investigator in the EU funded €15M (£11.8M) 'Storage Enabled Sustainable Energy for Buildings and Communities' SENSIBLE project that aims to make communities more resilient to changes in energy provision. In addition, she is an investigator in Project SCENe at the Trent Basin, which looks to accelerate the adoption of Community Energy in the UK.

Further examples of current research include: the Intelligent Energy Europe £1,5M funded EDUCATE (Environmental Design in University Curricula and Architectural Training in Europe), the Network Rail funded project to investigate life-cycle assessment and carbon impact of the British rail station building stock; the applicability of Passivhaus and the fabric-first approach in Brazil; energy efficiency in developing countries with warm humid climates; facade design for energy efficiency in the Golf Region; natural ventilation in office buildings in China; comfort in primary schools in hot and humid climates; and two PhD projects looking at future-proving the integration of sustainable communities into the urban fabric.

Lucelia's research area is broadly sustainable and resilient cities.

Specific areas of interest include:

- Climate resilience of buildings, particularly in low-energy housing

- Human comfort and overheating

- Community resilience, particularly through energy security

- Modern methods of construction, prefabrication and custom-built homes

- Passive heating and cooling techniques

- Post-occupancy evaluation and the performance gap

- Education for sustainability in architecture

OrCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-0038-6578

Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lucelia_Rodrigues

Future Research

Future research focus is, in addition to the above, also moving towards energy use and comfort standards in developing countries, off-site construction and custom build solutions, and independent/assisted living.

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