University College London
Dr Shen Wei became a Lecturer in Building Services Engineering at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London (UCL), since November 2017. Before this role, Dr Wei was a Senior Lecturer in Building Services Engineering at Northumbria University (Newcastle), UK, started from September, 2015. He received his BEng degree in Building Services Engineering in 2006, from the Beijing University of Technology in China. Then he obtained a MSc degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the Southern Denmark University in Denmark. Since November 2008, he started his PhD study at Loughborough University, focusing on occupant adaptive behaviour in buildings, including monitoring, modelling & simulation. He has conducted two post-doc positions at Plymouth University & Loughborough University, respectively.
Dr Wei is currently a Member of ASHRAE (American Society for Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers), a graduate member of CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), and a Fellow of HEA (Higher Education Association).
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Faisal Durrani is a Research Associate at Loughborough University, UK part of the Building Energy Research Group. He completed his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from a reputable university in Pakistan. He received his MSc degree in Building Services Engineering from Loughborough University, UK where he got 1st position that year and a scholarship for a PhD degree. Following the completion of PhD from the same institution in the area of Advanced Turbulence modelling of natural ventilation he began his role as a research associate in the school. This work included modelling of hospital wards, naturally ventilated auditoria and open plan offices, plus indoor air quality and fresh air distribution in multi-purpose sports facilities. Currently he works in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric on research topics encompassing HVAC and thermal comfort.
Mahroo Eftekhari is a Reader in the School of Civil & Building Engineering Loughborough University UK. She obtained her D. Phil in Control Engineering from St. Hilda’s college Oxford University. She worked as a Post Doc. before joining Reading University as a lecturer. She joined Loughborough University in 1994 as a lecturer. Dr. Eftekhari is a Fellow of CIBSE and a member of several ASHRAE committees. She is the course director for MSc in Low Energy Building Services Engineering at Loughborough University. She serves as the editorial board member of several international journals including Renewable Energy and Building Services Engineering Research& Technology (BSERT). Her research focuses on thermal comfort, HVAC, renewable and building control systems. She has led several projects funded by EPSRC and industrial companies such as Tata Steel Europe and Mitsubishi. In collaboration with Tata Steel Europe she has set up Building & Industrial Services Pipework Academy (BISPA). BISPA was specifically established to improve the awareness of BIM and pipework related issues and innovations. BISPA deliver CIBSE accredited CPD courses on pipework and BIM to educate the HVAC installers on how to properly measure the heat losses and proper insulation of the pipes in buildings which will help to reduce energy losses from heating/cooling in large commercial buildings through direct impacts on design, installation and selection of appropriate and integrated tubing for new and retrofit buildings.
University of Southampton
Stephanie Gauthier is a Lecturer in Energy and Buildings within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. She holds a degree and diploma in Architecture from Paris-Val-de-Seine (France), an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering and a PhD in Energy and the Built Environment from UCL (UK). Her research focuses on energy demand in buildings, developing empirical study designs and models to map occupants’ thermal comfort and behaviours. Her research also includes work on energy demand-side response and urban climate analysis.
Stephanie has over eight years of consultancy experience in building and infrastructure, working at Arup, HOK and Atkins. Stephanie is an active member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
Dennis Loveday is Professor of Building Physics in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, UK, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand Reduction. From 2007-2011 he held the E.ON / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Low Carbon Energy Technology, and was Director of Loughborough University’s Sustainability Research School (2006-2013), involving leadership and co-ordination of multi-disciplinary research activities. A member of the School’s Building Energy Research Group (BERG), he has more than 30 years’ experience of research and teaching in this field.
Professor Loveday’s research fields include human thermal comfort, building heat transfer and new and renewable energy systems for buildings. As Principal Investigator of the £2m E.ON / RCUK – funded ‘CALEBRE’ Project (2008-2013), he led a partnership of six UK universities pursuing research aimed at supporting refurbishment of the UK’s solid wall housing stock in ways that appeal to householders whilst saving energy, reducing carbon emissions and maintaining thermal comfort. Current research includes evaluation of advanced digital control for residential energy saving (EPSRC-funded ‘DEFACTO’ Project, 2012-2017), and investigation of energy-efficient maintenance of indoor thermal comfort (Global Innovation Initiative, British Council-funded, India/US/UK collaboration). A member of ASHRAE, in 2013 he was appointed Chair of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 2.1 ‘Physiology & Human Environment’.
London Metropolitan University
University College London
Fergus Nicol is best known for his work in human thermal comfort, principally the ‘adaptive’ approach and with Professors Michael Humphreys and Susan Roaf is author of the leading book on the subject Adaptive thermal comfort: principles and practice, (2012 Routledge). The second volume of this intended trilogy is Adaptive thermal comfort: foundation and analysis (2016) is recently published with Humphreys as lead author.
He led the EU project Smart Controls and Thermal Comfort (SCATS) which is the basis of European comfort standard EN15251 which he helped draft.
Fergus helped develop Masters courses on sustainability at Oxford Brookes and London Metropolitan Universities and supervises a number of PhD students.
He has co-authored numerous journal articles and other publications including the comfort chapter in CIBSE Guide A. He was a member of the CIBSE task force on overheating in buildings and is the principal author of CIBSE TM52 The limits of thermal comfort, avoiding overheating in European buildings (2013).
Fergus convenes the Network for Comfort and Energy use in Buildings and is presently organising their 9th international conference ‘Making Comfort relevant’ in Windsor, UK in April 2016.
He is part-retired but divides his working time between London Metropolitan, Oxford Brookes and Heriot Watt Universities and University College London.
Safwan Samsuddin is a PhD student in Building Environment of a Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. He obtained his B.Sc in Malaysian University and M.Sc in Perth Australia from Curtin University of Technology in 2013. He worked before as a building service engineer and project engineer. Safwan research focus is in thermal comfort and sustainable building. His current interest is more towards the residential building’s comfort on indoor environment.
University College London
Dr David Shipworth is a Reader in Energy and the Built Environment at the UCL Energy Institute. His work focuses on how technology and behaviour interact to influence energy use in buildings, and which research designs and methods are best suited to understanding such interactions. His research is highly interdisciplinary (spanning the social and physical sciences), and empirical (based on experimental and field research, analysis of data, and construction of models from data).
He is a member of the ASHRAE Multi-Disciplinary Task Group on Occupant Behaviour in Buildings; the IEA Annex 66 ‘Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behaviour in Buildings’ and IEA Annex 69 ‘Strategy and Practice of Adaptive Thermal Comfort for Lowering Energy use in Buildings’.
He is an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Data and reviews papers for a dozen international journals. He is a co-investigator in the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology, is academic lead on the Ofgem LCNF Vulnerable Customers and Energy Efficiency project, sits on the Strategic Advisory Group of the ETI Smart Systems Programme, is an academic advisor and consultant to DECC on the Smart Metering programme, and was academic lead on ‘social aspects of smart energy systems’ in the FCO SIN/UKERC Smart Energy Systems academic and trade mission to Japan.
He has also done consultancy work for the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB); the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP); the UK Emissions Trading Group (UK-ETG); the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE); and for English Heritage. He is a grant reviewer and panel member for EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC, NERC and the Leverhulme Trust, and was a member of the Carbon Technical Advisory Group for the London 2012 Olympic Games.