Alejandro Moreno-Rangel

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Dr Alejandro Moreno-Rangel is a Lecturer in Building Performance Evaluation and Net-Zero Design at the University of Strathclyde. Alejandro’s research interests include natural material construction, building performance evaluation, building’s energy consumption, net-zero carbon buildings and their impact on health – particularly on asthma and other respiratory diseases –, the indoor environment – indoor air quality (IAQ) and thermal comfort. These research foci help him to understand the occupants’ health and behaviour to create healthy homes, particularly through the Passivhaus Standard. Alejandro is also interested in low-cost sensors and technologies for building performance evaluation and housing retrofit energy with a particular focus on deep energy retrofit. Alejandro is also a certified Passivhaus Designer.

Research Interests

Alejandro’s main research interests are net zero buildings, particularly Passivhaus homes, and its connections to health, urban and human behaviours. Through this, Alejandro explores the architectural design, energy efficiency methods, passive techniques and their impact on the indoor environment – indoor air quality (IAQ) and thermal comfort–, particularly in homes and their relation to the urban environment to create healthy homes. Architecture has well responded to climate change mitigating the effects of the built environment. However, its impact on health is usually left aside. Alejandro’s approach to architectural design seeks to improve the quality of life for all citizens in an ageing society, delivering sustainable interventions that take a “whole house” approach. Alejandro’s research uses design research methods to explore the interactions between resident behaviours and the built environment to deliver healthier indoor environments, considering the impact of bio-psychological-social aspects of health, climate change impacts, and energy efficiency methods interactions. Alejandro’s research interests also extend to the use of low-cost sensors as research tools and the effect that they could have on residential behaviour, design and human health & well-being.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Continuous IAQ monitoring with low-cost monitors: Protocol development, performance and application in residential building, Glasgow School of Art

Jan 2015Apr 2019

Award Date: 29 Oct 2019

External positions

Committee member, UKIEG Committee

Sept 2021 → …

Member, AHRC Peer Review College

1 Feb 20211 Mar 2024

Director & Treasurer, Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA)

Nov 2017Sept 2020

Keywords

  • Net Zero homes
  • Healthy homes
  • Indoor air quality
  • Passivhaus
  • Building Performance Evaluation
  • Thermal comfort

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  • International Public Health communication design

    Tsekleves, E., Fonseca-Braga, M. & Moreno Rangel, A., 11 Jan 2024, Design and Covid-19: From Reaction to Resilience. Cooper, R. & Mullagh, L. (eds.). 1st ed. London

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Comfort redefined

    Bourikas, L. & Moreno-Rangel, A., 22 Dec 2023, Future Home: Trends, Innovations and Disruptors in Housing Design. Moreno-Rangel, A. & Conroy Dalton, R. (eds.). London, p. 49-61 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter