Degree completed in 2016.

Occupants' interaction with low-carbon retrofitted homes and its impact on energy use

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Academic Profile

My research looks at the role of occupants' interaction with the UK's retrofitted housing stock in modelling energy consumption. The current lack of combined socio-technical variables on behavioural profiles leads to a pivotal modelling problem that estimates energy performances with less realistic inputs assumptions on householders' interaction, overlooking the real impact of occupancy factor. In addition to that most of the studies involved in modelling energy loads in residential buildings are mainly focussed on the performance of the physical aspects taking into account the average occupancy profile, frequently defined as 'default user'.

These issues lead me to my current research objective to identify which of the technical retrofitting interventions and to what extent interact with occupants' behaviour. My research investigates how these interrelationships between building shell and 'house-user' are defined (direct/ indirect, passive/active), classified (low/zero, medium, maximum) and primarily what kind of behavioural profiles are creating. The main purpose is to establish different behavioural profiles and a ground framework for 'house-user' types contributing at the same time in modelling energy consumption patterns with less divergence from the actual performance.

Previous research

Landscape Design Research Programme in Aristotle University School of Architecture of Thessaloniki (AUTh), and Naousa City Council (Greece), Supervised by Assoc. Prof. G. Papakostas, (2001-2002).

Professional background

Worked as Environmental Consultant, (2008-2009, UK) and as professional Architect in a wide range of projects for the Public and the Private Sector as project leader and team consultant both in a Construction Company and private practice, (2000-2007, Greece).

Academic background

  • DPhil in Geography and Environment (candidate), University of Oxford, School of Geography and Environment Awarded with UKERC/NERC doctoral studentship, UK (2009-2012).
  • MSc in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings, Oxford Brookes University, UK (2007-2008).
  • 'Ptychion' in Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece, AUTh, Polytechnic School of Architecture, Greece (1999-2003).
  • Diploma studies in Architecture, Universita degli studi di Firenze, Facollta di Architettura, Italy (1994-1999).

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