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Research Interests

  • CI Evaluating Options and Outcomes in The Retrofit of pre-1919 Glasgow Tenement Housing: A Demonstration Project, SFC £250k +
  • CI Improving housing management leading to improved health outcomes, Leeds City Council, GovTech, SBRI, Innovate UK, £50k +
  • PI Health Effects of Modern Airtight Construction: Follow-on funding. AHRC AH/S010467/1 £87k*
  • PI Knowledge Transfer Partnership, John Gilbert Architects, Development of the ‘Passivhoos’ concept. Innovate UK, £272 +
  • PI Ability of decentralised mechanical ventilation to act as ‘whole-house’ ventilation systems in new-build dwellings; Building Standards Directorate, Scottish Government, £30k +
  • PI Influence of ventilation design on the prevalence of anti-microbial bacteria in homes. AHRC AH/R00207X/1. £250k *
  • PI Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Cartwright Pickard Architects, to develop innovative tools for applying building information modelling (BIM) and building performance evaluation (BPE) for application within the build to rent market. £221k +
  • PI Gannochy Trust for BPE project investigating health and ventilation design in a new-build housing scheme for the Gannochy Trust in Perth, Gannochy Trust and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. £36k #
  • PI Greendykes - Alternative ventilation strategies for flats, part funded from EDC and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre £27 k#
  • Organising and Scientific Committee of Passive and Low Energy Architecture international conference Edinburgh, Forum Leader, Building Performance Evaluation
  • PI Health effects of modern airtight construction AHRC AH/N006607/1 £52k *
  • CI Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage in Low Carbon Dwellings (FITS-LCD) EP/N021479/1, EPSRC £1.22m * 
  • PI Knowledge Transfer Partnership, John Gilbert Architects, Building Performance Evaluation of existing dwellings £168k + A rated. +
  • PI Designing and monitoring energy performance in house designs, Dualchas £15k #
  • CI Sam Foster Architects: Building Performance Evaluation £5k #
  • PI, Research project –  To investigate occupier influence on indoor air quality in dwellings, Building Standards Directorate, Scottish Government, £40k +
  • PI Building Performance Evaluation study, Glasgow House follow-on projects, Wheatley Group £10k #
  • CI, Building Performance Evaluation Scoping Study, Verco Ltd., £3.5k #
  • Organiser and chair conference ‘Building Performance Evaluation – Why and How?’, Glasgow Feb 2013-02-06
  • PI meta-study of MVHR systems in new housing, funded by the Technology Strategy Board £50k +
  • Conference Organiser and Chair, ‘Building Tight, Ventilating Right?’ Air Quality in Housing 2nd February 2012
  • PI Dormont Park Passivhaus Building Performance Evaluation for Dormont Estate funded by the Technology Strategy Board £63k +
  • PI, SFC Innovation Voucher  - Dormont Estate Passivhaus Zero Carbon Assessment £5k #
  • PI Murray Place Performance Evaluation for Hanover Scotland Housing Association funded by the Technology Strategy Board £62k +
  • PI Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Cartwright Pickard Architects, Building Performance Evaluation 2012 £130k +
  • PI Highland Expo Phase 2 Building Performance Evaluation, for Architecture and Design Scotland/Scottish Government, funded by Technology Strategy Board £150k 2011 +
  • PI The Glasgow House Phase 1 Building Performance Evaluation, for Glasgow Housing Association funded by Technology Strategy Board £47k 2011 +
  • PI Bloom Court Building Performance Evaluation, Energy Conscious Design, funded by Technology Strategy Board £27k 2011 +
  • CI Ti-Na-Cladich Building Performance Evaluation, Fyne Initiatives funded by Technology Strategy Board Building £55k 2011 +
  • PI Sunshine, Health and Wellbeing in Housing. AHRC/SFC Knowledge Exchange Programme – competition: A call for proposals on health, the environment and the arts and humanities - A healthier Scotland £52k 2010 *
  • Expert Evaluator, Technology Strategy Board, Building Performance Evaluation programme £8m, 4 year programme, 42k p.a. +
  • PI, PassivTen: Developing options for refurbishment of tenement properties in Glasgow's East End to Passivhaus standard £18k 2011 #
  • Renewable Energy Systems on Buildings, Springer Verlag London Ltd
  • PI, A research project to develop guidance for occupiers on how to live in a low carbon home – Scottish Government Building Standard Directorate £10k 2011 +
  • Journal Paper Reviews: Journal Peer Review: Indoor and Built Environment;  Building Research and Information; Science of the Total Environment;  Energies — Open Access Journal of Energy Research, Engineering and Policy;  Energy and Buildings;  Building Services Engineering Research and Technology; Sustainability; Environmental Research Letters; Journal of Energy and Power; Ain Shams Engineering Journal; Building and Environment; Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development ; Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment; Intelligent Buildings International; Remote Sensing.
  • Expert Reviewer on a Research Grant submitted to the cross-council Lifelong Health and Wellbeing - Phase 3 call Medical Research Council 2010, Carnegie Trust 2015.
  • Book review: Fundamental Building Technology (2nd edition), Spon Press 2010
  • Book review: Lessons from the Workshop: A Designer’s Primer of Materials and Making, Routledge 2010
  • PI The Glasgow House Post Occupancy Evaluation – PoE and analysis of low energy public housing £5k 2010 #
  • Academic Director CICStart online LUPS/ERDF/2008/2/1/0237 (£959k) 2009 – 2012 +
  • PI 9-11 Gilmour's close - comparing theoretical performance of a suite of sustainable installations in the building against their actual performance £5k 2011 #
  • PI Glasgow Housing Association design advice on the Glasgow House £22k 2010 #
  • PI Development of Post Occupancy Evaluation for evaluation of innovative low carbon social housing projects, CICStart feasibility Study £5k 2010 #
  • PI Enkelt Simple Living CICStart feasibility Study £5k 2010 #
  • CI and research developer EPSRC funded project  “Environmental assessment of domestic laundering” £522k 2009 – 2011 EP/G00028X/1 *
  • PI CROSSFLEX. Building Integrated Wind Turbine concept development, in conjunction with Proven Engineering Ltd, funded by SMART (Scottish Executive 70k) 2009 #
  • PI Wyndford energy Efficiency Project. Feasibility Study into energy efficient upgrading of 1800 dwellings on the Wyndford Estate, for CUBE Housing Association. 35k 2009 #
  • PI Sheeps Wool Feasibility Study. Successful KTTBE funding award for a feasibility study into the use of blown sheep’s wool as an insulation material, for Alan Polkinghorne Associates. 5k 2008 #
  • CI on successful AHRC funding application “Scoping study as the basis for more detailed research into wider social participation in the architectural design process”  80k 2008 *
  • Successful KTTBE funding award for a feasibility study into the energy use of wind turbines on a multi-storey housing block in Clydebank 5k 2007 #
  • •Member organising committee for  Eurosun 2006, Glasgow, international solar conference (venue Glasgow Caledonian University) via the SSEG (Scottish Solar Energy Group), SES, UK (Solar Energy Society) and ISES-Europe (International Solar Energy Society).
  • PI Dundasvale Court environmental Assessment, Examination of constructional problems for high-rise flats for Glasgow Housing Association 2006 £15k
  • Newberry Tower Wind Turbine. Project to install and monitor wind turbine on campus building, funded by Scottish Power Green Energy Trust, Glasgow City Council. £25k
  • BTS Phase 1. Low level monitoring programme of community heating system in rehabilitated tenement building for Govan Housing Association, funded by the Lighthouse.
  • SAP SURVEY FOR COMMUNITIES SCOTLAND, Low level monitoring program that aims  to validate theoretical SAP calculations against performance data.
  • Building Integrated Wind Turbines – studies into feasibility of building integrated wind energy funded by BRECSU and GCC
  • SAP+ funded research into the development of the Standard Assessment Procedure energy model
  • Glazed roof preheat spaces – an investigation into their contribution to energy efficiency. A project to evaluate the use of glazed roofs as pre-heat spaces in domestic construction. Funded by Energy Action Scotland, Project built by Dumbritton Housing Association
  • An evaluation of CAD as a method for enabling user participation in housing design. Research Funded by Scottish Homes to investigate the current use of participation in design and the potential of CAD to act as a participatory method.
  • Scottish BREDEM. In conjunction with the BRE and funded by right to warmth, a project to develop a spreadsheet version of the BREDEM and SAP methodology.
  • T84 Feasibility Study GCC. Commissioned by Glasgow City Council to undertake feasibility study and EU Thermie submission for solar thermal upgrading of T84 housing blocks in Glasgow
  • Priesthill Housing. Consultancy to Glasgow City Council Property Services for new-build housing – advice on energy efficient improvements and participatory development of proposals.
  • Building Health in Glasgow. Exhibition Commissioned by The Department of Public Health, Glasgow University

Expertise & Capabilities

Professional Activities

                   2020 - Member UK Government Science Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) - Environmental and Modelling Group

                2019-20  Specialist committee member on the Indoor Air Quality at home Quality Standards Advisory Committee, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Public Health Advisory Committee on Indoor Air Quality

      2019 – present  Building Regulations Advisory Committee, ventilation and airtightness

      2019 – present  SAP Industry Forum Group: Home energy Storage (heat and electricity) Working Group (SAPIF - HES) 

      2018 – present  Construction Leadership Council, Innovation in Construction workstream

      2018 – present  Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) working group The Effects of Indoor Air on Children's Health Across the Lifecourse

      2018 – present  Member of the British Standards Institute (BSi) retrofit working group, Air Tightness and Ventilation

      2017 – present  Topic Expert, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Public Health Advisory Committee on Indoor Air Quality

                     2017  Selected to participate in MRC funded UK-China AMR Workshop, Shanghai, November 2017 

      2017 – present  Judge, Saltire Society Housing Awards

                     2018  Invited member Scottish Government EESSH Review Phase 2 - subgroup - Innovation and Technology

      2016 – present  Member UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings, Chair Ventilation sub-group

      2014 – present  Chair NHBC Scotland Technical Committee

      2017 – present NHBC Construction Quality Expert Panel

                     2016  Evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on ‘Healthy Homes and Housing’

          2015 – 2016  Zero Carbon Hub Ventilation Steering Group

          2014 – 2017  NHBC Standards Group

          2013 – 2015  Invited reviewer Institute for Sustainability

      2012 – present  Visiting Professor, Guangzhou University

          2015 – 2018  Construction Scotland Innovation Centre Technical Advisory Group, Design and Performance Theme

          2011 – 2016  Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluator

           2011 - 2012  European Association for Architectural Education Research Committee

           2006 - 2016  Member AHRC Peer Review College

          2007 – 2012  GSA Board of Governors

          2009 – 2013  Academic Co-Director Mainstreaming Innovation

          2007 – 2009  Common Academic Framework working group

           2002 - 2020 Convener and panel member Masters validation panels

           1999 - 2016  Academic Council, Glasgow School of Art 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Strathclyde

Award Date: 21 Jul 1990

University of Dundee

Award Date: 20 Jun 1985

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Dundee

Award Date: 7 Jun 1983


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