In Alphabetical Order of Family Names

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Paul Cooper

University of Wollongong 

Professor Paul Cooper is the Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC).  Paul has been involved in research on a wide variety of topics in energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics over the past twenty five years.

He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Science and Technology Studies and a PhD in Heat Transfer, all from Imperial College London.  Prior to joining UOW Paul was a research fellow in the Research in Building group at the University of Westminster. His research interests over the years have included the development of large solar heating schemes for municipal housing in London; modelling of energy and ventilation systems in buildings and renewable energy systems, including small scale wind and ocean wave energy. Paul was the Head of the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering at UOW until July 2010, when he took up his present appointment as Director of the SBRC.

Research Interests:


  • Fundamentals of ventilation processes: theoretical & experimental analysis.

  • Fundamental research on dust generation/control and industrial ventilation.

  • Thermal modelling of buildings.

  • In-situ testing of buildings

  • Retrofitting for energy efficiency and thermal comfort

  • Welding fume dispersion and control


  • Ocean Wave Energy conversion systems, particularly Oscillating Water Column (OWC) devices and air turbines associated with these systems.

  • Small scale wind turbines. Numerical modelling and field testing of small scale wind turbines.




Richard de Dear

University of Sydney


Over the last 35 years, Professor Richard de Dear has focused his research career on defining what occupants want and need from their built environments, and assessing the performance of buildings in terms of meeting those requirements. He is currently the most highly cited living researcher in the domain of thermal comfort, with over 250 peer-reviewed papers plus several monographs on the subject. Within that body of research it is his adaptive model of thermal comfort that’s had the greatest impact, not just on the research community but also on the design and operation of actual buildings. De Dear's adaptive model underpins the American Society of Heating and the Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers’ thermal comfort standard, ASHRAE 55-2004, 2010, 2013, which in turn, informs several national thermal comfort standards around the world.

The adaptive model’s positive reception in both research and practice arenas can best be explained against the backdrop of global climate change. In meeting the needs of their occupants buildings must mitigate their deleterious impacts on environment wherever possible, but also adapt to the climate change that is already “locked-in.” These are global concerns, but nowhere are they more pressing than in the newly industrialised BRIC economies where the intensity of construction activity is greatest. For this reason de Dear’s collaborative research network has included increasing numbers of East and South Asian, and South America researcher groups in recent years.

Prof De Dear’s academic career has included appointments around the world, including the Technical University of Denmark, National University of Singapore, Macquarie University, and since 2009, The University of Sydney where he is the inaugural Director of the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab. De Dear is also currently serving as an editor for Energy and Buildings, Indoor Air, and ASHRAE’s archival research journal, Science and Technology for the Built Environment. De Dear also served on the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) panel dealing with architecture and the built environment for the 2015 round. 




Jungsoo Kim

University of Sydney

Jungsoo Kim is a research associate in the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Laboratory, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. He received his PhD in Architectural Science from the University of Sydney, and also holds a masters degree in Sustainable Built Environment from the University of New South Wales and a BS in Architectural Engineering from Hanyang University. Prior to joining the IEQ Lab, he worked for Green Building Research Department at Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology. His research interests include human thermal comfort, occupant behaviour, and building IEQ performance assessment.

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