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Renata Tubelo

Assistant Professor in Sustainable Architecture & Climate Literacy, Faculty of Engineering



Renata is an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Architecture and Climate Literacy at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Nottingham (UoN).

Renata qualified as an Architect and Urbanist in Brazil in 2008 and is an accredited architect by the Brazilian Council of Architecture and Urbanism. She also holds a MSc qualification in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Architecture. Renata has a strong background in research with over 10 years' research experience in building performance evaluation and Fabric First approach. She teaches mostly in the MArch Architecture and Environmental Design master's programme. Renata is also a Certified Passive House Designer by the Passive House Institute.

Research Summary

Renata is a member of Buildings, Energy and Environment (BEE) Research Group and over the past 10 years, she has been involved in a series of research projects.

Renata has been involved in two ground-breaking Innovate UK funded research projects focused on sustainability, energy efficiency and thermal comfort, which had partnerships across different academic institutions and industry. These include projects as the award winning Sustainable Community Energy Networks (SCENe) and the Active Building Centre (ABC-RP). SCENe developed a pioneering business model and energy infrastructure for a community energy scheme, while ABC-RP sought to optimise grid and energy services as well as contributed to the research on active self-sufficient buildings. She has also worked in a cross-disciplinary collaborative research project between the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil (School of Architecture), the University of Birmingham (School of Geography) and the UoN, funded by both UK Universities and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), called Re-inhabiting the City. The project focused on the analysis of temporary urbanism on a deprived Brazilian community looking at short-term participatory strategies for its regeneration and reuse.

From 2022, Renata has participated in the Nottingham Climate Emergency Design Initiative (CEDI), which consists of a network of built environment professionals working together to help Nottingham on its path for a zero-carbon future. The aim of the initiative is to enable the delivery of buildings and developments aligned with the City's carbon neutrality targets. She has also been involved as a co-investigator in the Nottingham Carbon Neutral Housing Project. The project is funded by UK Community Renewal Fund and involves business, academic and research partners. It looks to bridge the current knowledge gap between retrofit theory and practice from the technical and financial perspectives.

ZUNE, M., TUBELO, R., RODRIGUES, L., GILLOTT, M. (2021). Improving Building Thermal Performance Through an Integration of Passivhaus Envelope and Shading in a Tropical Climate. Energy and Buildings. v.253.

TUBELO, R., NAGHIYEV, E., GILLOTT, M., RODRIGUES, L., SHIPMAN, R. (2021). Assessing the Impact of Lockdown Due to COVID-19 on the Electricity Consumption of a Housing Development in the UK. In: Littlewood J.R., Howlett R.J., Jain L.C. (eds) Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2021. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 263. Springer, Singapore.

TUBELO, R., RODRIGUES, L., GILLOTT, M., ZUNE, M. (2021). Comfort within Budget: Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Envelope Improvements in Single-Family Affordable Housing. Sustainability, 13(6): 3054.

TUBELO, R., RODRIGUES, L., GILLOTT, M. (2021). Characterising Brazilian housing through an investigation of policies, architecture and statistics. The Journal of Architecture.

RODRIGUES, L., GONCALVES, J. C. S., TUBELO, R., PORTER, N., MIRZAEI, P., KRAFTL, P., ANDRES, P., MICHAELSKI, R., MULFARTH, R. C. K. (2020). Chapter 14: Temporary Interventions for Urban Regeneration in the City Centre of São Paulo, Brazil. In: ANDRES, L. & ZHANG, Y. (eds). Transforming cities through temporary urbanism: A comparative international overview. Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-61752-3.

RODRIGUES, L., TUBELO, R., PASOS, A., GONCALVES, J. C. S., WOOD, C., GILLOTT, M. (2020). M. Quantifying airtightness in Brazilian residential buildings with focus on its contribution to thermal comfort. Building Research and Information.

RODRIGUES, L., GILLOTT, M., WALDRON, J., CAMERON, L., TUBELO, R., SHIPMAN, R., EBBS, N., BRADSHAW-SMITH, C. (2020). User engagement in community energy schemes: A case study at the Trent Basin in Nottingham, UK. Sustainable Cities and Society. v61. 2020. pp. 213-227.

TUBELO, R., RODRIGUES, L., GILLOTT, M., GONCALVES SOARES, J. (2018). Cost-effective Envelope Optimisation for Social Housing in Brazil's Moderate Climates Zones. Building and Environment. v133. 2018. pp. 213-227.

TUBELO, R., RODRIGUES, L., GILLOTT, M. (2014). A Comparative Study of the Brazilian Energy Labelling System and the Passivhaus Standard for Housing. Buildings 2014, 4, 207-221.

Future Research

Renata would welcome inquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home and International countries who are interested in the following research areas: Sustainable architecture & design, Energy efficiency & thermal comfort, Building performance evaluation, Energy modelling and monitoring, Building retrofit, Fabric First approach and Passive House standard.

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