I have worked in the University of Nottingham since 2010, being involved in research projects in the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment. These have been on technologies in either building energy demand or supply efficiency.
Technologies I have researched include: insulation material and systems for building retrofit, renewable heat supply systems (including solar, CHP), and community based district heat systems. These have been provided by a range of funders including KTP, Carbon Trust, EU FP7, and InnovateUK.
In addition to research I am involved with delivery of lecture material, and supervision of dissertation projects of undergrad and post-grad students. I have also supervised PhD students undertaking engineering based research projects, and completed publication of conference and Journal Papers.
- Building simulation;
- Renewable energy technologies;
- Building energy efficiency technologies;
- Building services engineering;
- Thermal storage;
- Lecture delivery and teaching;
- Industrial collaboration;
Building simulation, in both commercial and academic software packages;
Renewable energy systems, (solar, geothermal, water, etc);
Building design, sustainability and energy… read more
2017-2018; Project SCENIC - Management and delivery of secondary phase of the installation of an innovative low temperature district heat network to all buildings on the Creative Energy Homes site in… read more
2017-2018; Project SCENIC - Management and delivery of secondary phase of the installation of an innovative low temperature district heat network to all buildings on the Creative Energy Homes site in the University Park Department of Architecture and the Built Environment.
2016 - 2017; InnovateUK WaterGEN Project - Working with industrial partners to building and test a water based CHP system for use of industrial waste heat for electricity generation for secondary operation systems.
2012 - 2016; 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; and, project deliverable and financial management. The HERB was a 3.5 year project with 17 EU based partners across 11 countries - and involved the retrofit of 13 demonstration buildings in 7 EU countries in either cold, temperate or warm climates.
2011 - 2012; Carbon Trust Renewable Heat Storage Project - 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; The Mark Group KTP Project - 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.
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.