PhD Research, Heriot Watt University
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences and School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Supervisors: Dr Tadhg O’Donovan and Dr David Jenkins
I’m currently working on my PhD at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, focusing on low-energy building and retrofitting. The research I’m doing explores the impacts associated with retrofitting dwellings in life cycle terms. That is, I’m interested in whether energy invested in a retrofit in the materials and the construction process (called the embodied energy) is higher or lower than the energy savings achieved by the retrofit when the building is in use (the operating energy). This is well explored for new buildings, but much less so for domestic retrofits. And, since older homes are generally the most energy consuming, it is important to reduce their energy use to mitigate climate change, reduce occupants energy bills, and improve the condition of these homes. Simply put:
- There is an urgent need to reduce energy use to meet 2050 Climate Change targets.
- Addressing energy use in UK buildings through retrofit presents a big opportunity to achieve this.
I’m finalising my first paper, so come back soon for more updates!