IBPSA England - People

The IBPSA-England Board: 

Pieter de Wilde: Chair & Affiliate representative to IBPSA-World. Plymouth University

Professor de Wilde holds a chair in Building Performance Analysis at Plymouth University. His main area of expertise is thermal building performance simulation & its application to design decision making in the fields of building services & engineering. He combines a strong background in architecture (TU Delft- Netherlands & Georgia Tech-USA) with over 20 years of studies in Building Science & Intelligent Computing. His more recent work is now linking that to actual measurement of the performance of real buildings in their day-to-day context, which enables critical reflection on the validity of computational results, & their meaning in building operation & facility management practice. He is secretary of the Executive Committee of IBPSA-World. He received the IBPSA Outstanding Young Contributor award 2003, a member of the Editorial Board of Applied Energy & Advanced Engineering Informatics & since 2016 the chair of EG-ICE, the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering. [mailto:pieter.dewilde@plymouth.ac.uk]

Neveen Hamza: Vice-Chair. Newcastle University

Dr. Hamza is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Newcastle University, where she gained her PhD on ‘the performance of double skin facades in hot arid climates’ & an MSc in ‘Environmental impact assessment’ Alexandria University. As an architect & a building physicist she promotes the building performance simulation as a tool for early design decision making. Her teaching looks into the integration of building simulation & facade technologies in the design studio. Her research focuses on the triangulation between architectural aspects of facade design, its impact on building energy consumption weighted by environmental psychology, creating buildings that promote well-being, daylight & thermal comfort without impinging on energy. Dr. Hamza is a reviewer for a number of journals & conferences on building energy simulation & is also on the Board of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Design to promote the use of building energy simulation in the Middle East. [mailto:neveen.hamza@ncl.ac.uk]

Ruchi Choudhary: Secretary. University of Cambridge

Dr Choudhary is a Reader of Architectural Engineering, Energy Efficient Cities initiative, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge. She specializes in simulation modelling of energy demand & environmental characteristics of urban built environments. Her research spans simulation-based methodologies for energy management of buildings; uncertainty quantification in simulation models; & multi-disciplinary interactions influencing energy use in cities, focusing on developing tools & methods for analysing energy consumption of large sets of buildings. These have resulted in two parallel investigations: how to simulate & visualize energy consumption in cities at high spatio-temporal resolution, & how to quantify uncertainties & stochasticity in model inputs by leveraging new types of data & computation. Dr. Choudhary is interested in extending the use of simulation models to investigate novel interactions with associated energy systems. Her current projects include: integration of food-production in the urban environment, analysis of underground transport systems as energy sources, & distributed energy networks. [mailto:r.choudhary@eng.cam.ac.uk]

Amira Elnokaly: Committee Member. University of Lincoln.
Dr Elnokaly is a Principal Lecturer in Architecture & Program Leader of the MSc Sustainable Architectural Design, Research Impact Champion at the Lincoln School of Architecture & Design, University of Lincoln. Amira is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy & a chartered architect since 1998, member of the Architects Egyptian Association. Amira has also held posts at the University of Nottingham, Arab Academy for Science & Technology & Cairo University. She completed her PhD in 2005 at the University of Nottingham on environmental & energy behaviour of light weight structures & & in 2008 received an Honoree award from the UNESCO Environmental Education & Outreach Program, for her role in spreading environmental awareness in the schools of Alexandria, Egypt. Amira is the UK higher education representative at the RIBA East midlands Regional Council & a board member of International Association for People-­Environment. [mailto:aelnokaly@lincoln.ac.uk]

Yeonsook Heo: Committee Member. University of Cambridge

Dr Heo is a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge. She specialises in building performance modelling & simulation, with expertise in uncertainty quantification & risk assessment. Her current research focuses on developing models & methods for enhancing current practices in predicting & assessing building performance at different scales, including in-depth energy analysis individual buildings for continuous energy management & urban-scale energy analysis for policy support. Prior to her appointment in Cambridge, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Decision & Information Sciences Division at the Argonne National Laboratory. Her work at ANL includes developing a probabilistic calibration framework based on Bayesian approach for retrofit analysis & Gaussian process modelling for measurement & verification of retrofit energy savings. She received her Ph.D. in Building Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA) & the 2013 Outstanding Young Contributor award from the International Building Performance Simulation Association. [mailto: yh305@cam.ac.uk]

Christina Hopfe:  Committee Member. Loughborough University

Christina Hopfe is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Building Design at Loughborough University, England. In her role at Loughborough she is also the Programme Leader for the Low Carbon Building Design & Modelling. Christina Hopfe is a Director-at Large of IBPSA & the current IBPSA News Editor-in-chief of IBPSA World. Christina has published numerous papers on topics related to BPS & has recently edited a book on low & passive energy house design.  Her work on uncertainty analysis in BPS for design support has been widely cited.  She has also co-edited a special edition of IBPSA Journal of Building Performance Simulation on the combined treatment of heat & moisture transfer. She has been teaching modules in building performance simulation & low carbon design/ modelling the past 7 years. She is currently supervising six PhD students conducting research in the BPS domain. [mailto: C.J.Hopfe@lboro.ac.uk]

Liora Malki-Epshtein: Committee Member. UCL

Liora is a Lecturer in Urban Physics at the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at University College London. Her research interests focus on the outdoor Urban environment, specifically on the detailed characteristics of airflow in street canyons, including detail of trees & complex street geometry. These she studies with her group using CFD, validating the models with laboratory models of pollution & airflow in street canyons, detailed field measurements & community air pollution measurements.   She is interested also in modelling Wind Driven rain & its effects on Historical buildings.  Liora is a programme director for Engineering on the new MEng in Engineering & Architectural Design at UCL, & is co-director of the RAENg-UCL Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design.  She was the Scientific Chair for the Building Simulation & Optimisation conference BSO14. [mailto:l.malki-epshtein@ucl.ac.uk].

Anna Mavrogianni: Committee Member. UCL

Dr Anna Mavrogianni is a Lecturer in Sustainable Building & Urban Design at the Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering (IEDE) at the Bartlett, UCL. She is an expert in indoor environmental quality, building energy retrofit & climate change adaptation of the built environment sector, with a focus on overheating & heatwave vulnerability at the building & urban scale. Anna trained as an architect engineer specialising in building physics & environmental design at the School of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens & the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL & has several years of experience in architectural design & environmental consultancy. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles to date & has contributed to several book chapters, reports & evaluations. She regularly advises Government Departments, the Greater London Authority & individual Local Authorities on ways to improve the climate resilience of urban environments. [mailto:a.mavrogianni@ucl.ac.uk]

Edward Murphy: Committee Member. Ollio.

Edward is a chartered building services engineer with a proven track record in design & project management of high profile low energy buildings & both a member of CIBSE & ASHRAE. In his career to date he has been involved in the design & management of a number of award winning low carbon projects. Most recently he has turned his attention to closing the gap between predicted design & actual in use energy use in buildings. His team won the 2013 CIBSE Performance Award for the design & implementation of 2 St Paul’s Place for the DfE, considered now to be the lowest energy sealed & comfort cooled office building on the government estate.  He has just founded Ollio a radically different sustainability & building performance professional practice which promotes innovative approaches to customer & end user centric design of buildings & workplaces. [mailto:edward.murphy@ollioconsult.com]

Rokia Raslan: Committee Member. UCL.

Dr Raslan is a Lecturer in Building Performance Simulation at UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering, The Bartlett, University College London. She trained as an architect specialising in environmental design. Her research includes the modelling, analysis & monitoring of the building stock, development & evaluation of building analysis models, the application of built environment energy policy, legislation, compliance & sustainability certification schemes such as LEED & BREEAM & Building Information Modelling. Rokia was part of the DECC Green Deal Advisory Group & the UKGBC Zero Carbon Non-Domestic Task Group. She is a board member of the CIBSE Future Homes & Building Simulation Groups & the International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings & Communities Programme Executive Committee. She has also been extensively involved  in UK sustainable design consultancy through working on international projects for a number of leading architectural firms such as Foster + Partners, KPF & MAKE. [mailto:r.raslan@ucl.ac.uk]

Simon Rees: Committee Member. University of Leeds

Dr Rees is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds. Following the Award of a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University in 1987 he joined the consulting engineering firm Ove Arup & Partners as a Mechanical Building Services Engineer. In 1994 he began research into Displacement Ventilation & Chilled Ceiling systems in the Civil & Building Engineering department of Loughborough University resulting in the award of a PhD in 1998. His interests include building & environmental heat transfer, building energy simulation, geothermal heating & cooling, & thermal networks. He teaches low energy approaches to building design on the University of Leeds Architectural Engineering Programme. [mailto:s.j.rees@leeds.ac.uk]

Ioannis Rizos: Committee Member. Atelier 10

Ioannis is Senior Sustainability Consultant whose involvement in the simulation supported design process started in 2005. He has been actively involved in the use/development of energy & daylight simulation tools, & deployed their application in several landmark buildings to date including the Olympic Velodrome, LSE student centre & the Natural History Museum’s Grounds redevelopment. Ioannis has a solid background in energy & daylight simulation analysis & experience in developing & coordinating building services environmental design solutions for projects across Architectural, Structural, Quantity Surveying, Cliental & MEP design domains. Ioannis is passionate about sustainability, robust engineering, energy/daylight modelling & environmental architecture, & is largely interested in how environmental design works with regards to occupant wellbeing within the business domain. Ioannis goal within IBSPA is to strengthen its relationship with industry whilst helping building services engineers & architects understand the merits of building performance simulation & how these are commonly applied. [mailto:ioannis.rizos@atelierten.com]

Jonathan Wright: Committee Member. Loughborough University.

Jonathan is a Professor in the Department of Civil & Building Engineering at Loughborough University. His research is focused on the application of building performance simulation to the optimum design & operation of buildings. In particular, his interests are concerned with the synthesis of design solutions & operating strategies using Evolutionary Algorithms, as well as the model-based commissioning & condition-monitoring of building thermal systems. He has published widely in these fields & has been awarded research grants from the UK Government funding councils & the American Society of Air Conditioning & Refrigerating Engineers (ASHRAE). He is a member of the IBPSA-World Board of Directors, with special responsibility for membership development. [mailto:j.a.wright@lboro.ac.uk]

Co-opted member:

Clarice Bleil de Souza: Co-Opted Committee Member. Cardiff University  

Clarice is a Senior Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Her research interests are in design problem-solving, design decision making, environmentally responsible social housing & integrating building physics through the design process. She has a PhD in architectural sciences (Cardiff University), an MSc in civil engineering & is a qualified architect (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS- Brasil) having worked in practice as an architect & environmental consultant in Brazil. She supervises & examines PhD, MSc & MArch students, has participated in projects funded by the European Commission, the BRE & EPSRC & reviews for the Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Building & Environment, Automation in Construction & international conferences. Her recent work involves a user-centred approach to produce meaningful simulation outputs for design decision making, enhancing understanding on design problem-solving through machine learning methods & working with community co-design of technologies in developing countries. [mailto:bleildesouzac@cardiff.ac.uk]

Malcolm Cook: Co-Opted Committee Member. Loughborough University  

Malcolm is Associate Dean for Research & Professor in Building Performance Analysis at Loughborough University. He works in the area of building simulation & low energy building design, with particular interests in indoor air quality, thermal comfort & control. Following a first degree in Mathematics (Manchester University) & an MSc in Engineering (Leicester University), he undertook his PhD research at De Montfort University at the Institute of Energy & Sustainable Development. This work focused on the use of computational fluid dynamics software for modelling buoyancy-driven displacement ventilation. Malcolm also serves on the CIBSE committees for the Natural Ventilation & Building Simulation groups, ASHRAE technical committees & is a member of the editorial boards for IBPSA’s Journal of Building Performance Simulation & the International Journal of Ventilation. [mailto:malcolm.cook@lboro.ac.uk ]

Jia (Michelle) Cui: Co-Opted Committee Member. NTU

Dr Cui is a research fellow in energy efficient buildings in the Sustainable Built Environment in an EU Horizon 2020 Lighthouse project – REMOURBAN, which includes district-wised retrofitting, ICT for energy mapping & mobility, & Low Temperature District Heating (LTDH). In the retrofitting & LTDH areas, dynamic simulation results have formed the baseline to compare the pre- & post-retrofitting energy performance prior to the acquisition of real-time monitoring data. Dr Cui majored in Electric Power Engineering & worked for seven years in North China Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute prior to coming to UK for a MSC study in Scotland followed by a PhD research at Nottingham. Her PhD research focused on the monitoring configuration & data mining from the acquired data for energy-related activities. Dr Cui's current research interests include but not limit to building performance evaluation & assessment, supervisory control & data acquisition (SCADA) & Intelligent Building. [mailto:m.he@lboro.ac.uk]

Miaomiao (Candy) He: Co-Opted Committee Member. Loughborough University  

Dr. Miaomiao He is a Research Associate in Building Energy Research Group at Loughborough University. She is currently working on the EPSRC funded HotHouse project. Her involvement in this project is to use numerical modelling to quantify & evaluate the likely hot water provision ‘stresses’ on the family in future homes. Prior to joining this project, Miaomiao worked on another EPSRC funded project – SElf Conserve URban Environment (SECURE). On this project, she developed a dynamic housing stock model to estimate the baseline energy demand of the North East of England, & to predict the effectiveness of applying different retrofit measures in that region. Miaomiao received her PhD in low carbon technologies at De Montfort University. Her PhD research focused on development, validation & implementation of a dynamic three-dimensional numerical model for Geothermal Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEs) heat transfer & fluid flow. [mailto:m.he@lboro.ac.uk]

Dejan Mumovic: Co-Opted Committee Member. UCL

Dejan Mumovic is Professor of Building Performance Analysis & the Deputy Director of UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering. He is also Co-Director of EPSRC VEIV Engineering Doctorate Centre (Built Environment). Dejan's research group's main scientific contribution centers on three main areas, namely: a) building performance analysis including the application & development of advanced modelling techniques utilizing performance data & simulation as a design driver, b) building stock performance analysis including the development of semi-empirical bottom-up physically disaggregated building stock models as well as top-down statistical modelling studies, & environmental & behavioral factors in a non-residential sector in sustainable environmental design & engineering including the impacts on health & performance. [mailto:d.mumovic@ucl.ac.uk]

Robert McLeod: Co-Opted Committee Member. University of Brighton

Rob joined the Built Environment & Civil Engineering Division of the University of Brighton in 2015, as senior lecturer in Building Services Engineering. In 2016 he won the UoB ‘Rising Stars’ award for a research proposal addressing chronic overheating in low carbon buildings. Rob was previously the Technical Manager of BRE Wales & SW (2007-2010). In this position, he led a number of high-level projects supporting the work of the Welsh Assembly Government & overseeing the design & certification of the first social Passivhaus & zero carbon (Code 5 & 6) buildings in the UK.  In 2010 Rob became an Associate of BRE head office in Garston, North London. Since this time he has led the delivery of the BRE Certified Passivhaus Designer (CPHD) Training course & is currently co-investigator on a BRE Trust funded research project titled: Resilience – tackling overheating in urban dwellings. [mailto:R.McLeod@brighton.ac.uk]

Shen Wei: Co-Opted Committee Member. Northumbria University

Shen Wei is a lecturer in building services engineering at Northumbria University (Newcastle), UK. He received his BEng 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 behavior in buildings, including monitoring, modelling & simulation. Before joining Northumbria, he conducted two post-doc positions at Plymouth University & Loughborough University, respectively. He is currently on the editorial board of Journal of Intelligent Building International. Additionally, he is co-leading a research team in occupant behavior & thermal comfort at the Beijing University of Technology. In the past 5 years, Shen has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, including 9 journal papers. His main research interests include occupant behavior, thermal comfort & thermal storage (e.g. PCM) in buildings.  [mailto:shen.wei@northumbria.ac.uk]