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David Tetlow

Development of energy efficiency methodologies for buildings, including material technology (insulations and phase change materials - PCMs) & renewables, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

I am originally from Manchester in Northern England, coming from an engineering orientated family (involved in the UK Steel industry). I have lived in various parts of the UK, and have been based in Nottingham since 1999.

My education is science and engineering based. My undergraduate degree was in in Civil Engineering done in Nottingham Trent University. After a short period in industry I started an MPhil in Applied Energy and Environmental Engineering in 2003 at the same institution, transferring onto a PhD within a year. Graduation from this was in 2008.

After completing my doctorate I worked in Environmental Consultancy in London for a year, gaining knowledge of renewable energy systems, energy efficiency methodologies in buildings, and energy policy. After this period I took a career break in 2009, returning to Nottingham to work as a Mathematics Teacher in a challenging inner city secondary school.

Since January 2010 I have been employed in the University of Nottingham. I have been involved in three projects; the first - Funded via a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) - involved the development of a super thin internal insulation system for application into UK Hard to Treat Domestic Houses in collaboration with the UK's largest insulation installer (the Mark Group). The second - fund via the Carbon Trust - was based on the application of Phase Change Materials (PCMs) into solar heating systems to increase capacity of domestic systems.

My current project - Funded by the EU FP7 framework - is based on the management of an international collaboration with 17 European partners, into researching, developing, and applying a holistic methodology for retrofitting domestic houses. This project (the HERB), also includes the development and application of innovative retrofit technologies that are being tested in 12 demonstration houses across 7 countries, in 3 climates. This is a 3.5 year project that is due for completion April 2016. HERB website - www.euroretrofit.com

In addition to research I am also involved with delivery of lecture material, and supervision of dissertation projects of undergrad and post-grad students. I am also supervising a number of PhD students undertaking engineering based research projects. Finally my role involves the publication of conference and Journal Papers.

Expertise Summary

  • Building simulation;
  • Renewable energy technologies;
  • Building energy efficiency technologies;
  • Building services engineering;
  • Thermal storage;
  • Lecture delivery and teaching;
  • Industrial collaboration;

Teaching Summary

Building simulation, in both commercial and academic software packages; Renewable energy systems, (solar, geothermal, water, etc); Building design, sustainability and energy… read more

Research Summary

Management and delivery of the Holistic Energy-efficient Retrofit of Buildings (HERB) Project - This including the research, development, and application of innovation insulation technologies; design… read more

Selected Publications

  • Building simulation, in both commercial and academic software packages;
  • Renewable energy systems, (solar, geothermal, water, etc);
  • Building design, sustainability and energy efficiency;
  • Economics of sustainability and business;
  • Energy policy and management - National and international;
  • Heat transfer and thermal ​modelling - Including application of numerical modelling (ANSYS);

Current Research

Management and delivery of the Holistic Energy-efficient Retrofit of Buildings (HERB) Project - This including the research, development, and application of innovation insulation technologies; design and application of holistic retrofit systems into UK domestic houses; dissemination of material (via conference and journal publications); and, project deliverable and financial management.

The HERB is a 3.5 year project with 17 EU based partners across 11 countries - and involves the retrofit of 13 demonstration buildings in 7 EU countries in either cold, temperate or warm climates. The project started in October 2012 and is due for completion April 2016.

Past Research

2011 - 2012; The development of standardised methods for testing phase change energy storage systems for heating/cooling applications, including the impact of PCMs on the energy efficiency of a solar thermal application. The investigation was to be used as a template to develop the system for standardisation mentioned in the title.

2010 - 2011; Development of a novel super-thin internal insulation technology for internal use in the retrofit of UK hard to treat domestic buildings. The system incorporated both insulation and thermal control technology (PCMs). This project was completed via the Knowledge Transfer network, in coordination with a leading UK insulation installer.

2008 - 2010; Industry (London environmental consultancy) and a career break (working within a Nottingham city centre secondary school)

2003 - 2008; PhD in Applied Energy & Environmental Engineering, Nottingham Trent University The project involved an investigation into heat transfer enhancement methods used in Phase Change Materials (PCMs) used in dry wallboard applications.

Future Research

I have research interests into Building sustainability and its incorporation into a wider scale, most notably with respect to sustainable communities and cities. I will be pursuing future research into this area.

  • COOPER, E., ZHENG, X.F., GILLOTT, M., RIFFAT, S., TETLOW, D. and DE-SIMON, L., 2015. Field trialling of a new airtightness tester in a range of UK homes (Winner of Best Paper Award) In: 36th AIVC Conference " Effective ventilation in high performance buildings", Madrid, Spain, 23-24 September 2015..
  • TETLOW, D. and GYIMAH, K.A, 2014. Achieving energy efficiency and aesthetics through windows in the Tropics The Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Management. 1(1), 29-35
  • TETLOW, D., SHATAT, M. and RIFFAT, S., 2014. Application of an economic model to assess the relevance of retrofit technologies In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Sustainable Energy technologies (SET-2014).
  • TETLOW, D. and GYIMAH, K.A, 2014. Achieving energy efficiency and aesthetics through windows in the Tropics The Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Management (JENRIM). 1, 1
  • RODRIGUES, L. T., GILLOTT, M. and TETLOW, D., 2013. Summer overheating potential in a low-energy steel frame house in future climate scenarios: Sustainable Cities and Society Sustainable Cities and Society. 7, 1-15
  • TETLOW, D., SHATAT, M. and RIFFAT, S., The retrofitting of an old style semi-detached house for energy reduction and carbon savings under the UK climate International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies 2015. 10, 119-130

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