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Brunel University 

Brunel University London is a world-class university based in Uxbridge, West London, and was established in 1966. Our mission has always been to combine academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by our namesake Isambard Kingdom Brunel. There are four MSc courses in the university which are related to Building Services Engineering. These include  MSc Building Services Engineering, MSc Building Services Engineering Management, MSc Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy and MSc Sustainable Energy, Technologies and Management.   Every year, there are about 80 students who carry out their MSc dissertation projects on topics related to the built environment and energy.

Areas of research interest: 

  1. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems (HVAC&R)
  2. Renewable Energy for the Built Environment
  3. Building Simulation
  4. Building Management Systems and Energy Controls
  5. Heat exchangers

Dr. Yunting Ge, Reader and Course Director in MSc Building Services Engineering ( 

De Montfort University 

The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development is a multi-disciplinary institute with a focus on energy use and buildings. We run masters’ courses on Energy & Sustainable Development, and Energy & Sustainable Building Design, both with significant buildings related content. Research areas are mainly related to energy use in buildings and industry, and smart grids.

Areas of research interest: 

1. Natural ventilation, modelled using building simulation
2. Inter-seasonal storage of heat
3. Impacts of climate change on buildings, and overheating
4. Smart grid, load control in buildings
5. Electricity storage, hydrogen, in relation to buildings and vehicles

Dr Andrew Wright, Reader (

London South Bank University 

The wide range of research activities in Urban Engineering Department, together with the mix of academic staff, post-doctoral research fellows and visiting professors, allows us to offer a stimulating and diverse environment.Our research is both fundamental and applied; gaining knowledge that is put to useful, practical outcomes. Many of our projects collaborate with industry or public bodies and it is important to us that the work is highly relevant to our teaching. Our postgraduate students receive lectures, case studies, projects and hear industry guest speakers as a result of our research.

Areas of research interest: 

  1. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (ground coupled cooling, heat powered cycles, refrigeration systems and technology, modelling, thermoeconomics and optimisation, food refrigeration)
  2. Low and Zero Carbon Technology
  3. Sustainable Energy Systems
  4. Architectural Technology Engineering
  5. Acoustic Research (acoustics in schools and effects of noise on pupils and teachers, voice alarms and public address systems in underground stations, mitigating measures to control the sound exposure of classical musicians, urban wind turbines, speech indices, computer simulation of enclosed spaces)              

Dr Zhihui Ye, Project Coordinator (

Loughborough University

The School of Civil and Building Engineering is one of the largest of its type in the UK. We aim to develop and nurture the skill required to face the challenges of our increasingly complex built environment. Our world-class teaching and research are integrated to support the technical and commercial needs of both industry and society.

Areas of research interest: 

  1. Energy reduction in buildings
  2. Control strategies for mixed mode ventilation systems
  3. Heat pump performance
  4. Thermal comfort and indoor air quality
  5. Renewable technologies (solar thermal collectors combined with heat pumps and PV cells)

Dr. Mahroo Eftekhari, Course Director, Low Energy Building Services Engineering (

The mission of the Building Energy Research Group is to undertake world-class research and training which will lead to improved environments in buildings with reduced energy demand. The Building Energy Research Group has achieved proven excellence in research and teaching on energy in buildings through having nurtured a highly-praised research culture that allows us to integrate all four of our core activities: 1) Teaching our three masters courses. 2) World-leading research. 3) PhD supervision. 4) Enterprise and collaborations with industry.

Areas of research interest: 

  1. Building energy demand
  2. Building simulation
  3. Human factors
  4. Building monitoring
  5. Daylighting

John Mardaljevic PhD FSLL, Professor of Building Daylight Modelling (

University of Reading 

The School of the Built Environment at University of Reading is internationally renowned for research and education on design, construction and operation of buildings, and the urban systems and spaces within which we live. A key research theme of Energy Systems and Environmental Engineering within the School is reflected by our CIBSE accredited two postgraduate taught courses  (MSc in Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments and MSc in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies), as well as our Engineering Doctoral training centre for Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments. The School has a strong orientation towards interdisciplinary `real-world' problems, and have a proud track record of active engagement with the professions. 

Areas of research interest:

1. Sustainable Building Design, Operation and Management
2. Energy System Design and Simulations
3. Environmental Quality and Wellbeing
4. Green Building and Community Assessment
5. Renewable Energy and Energy System Management 

Dr Stefan Thor Smith, Lecturer in Energy Systems and the Built Environment ( 


The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering pursues a deeper understanding of the part played by choices relating to buildings and the urban environment in tackling some of the greatest challenges facing humankind, in areas such as health, human well-being, productivity, energy use and climate change. We’re interested in making our buildings, towns and cities better places to live in. In 2013, the Institute was named by the Royal Academy of Engineering as a Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, and it’s the source of some of the most influential postgraduate teaching and research in the field of the built environment.
Areas of research interest: 

  1. Building Performance, Processes and Energy Use
  2. Healthy Buildings, Indoor Environmental Quality and Thermal Comfort
  3. Systems Thinking
  4. Light and Lighting
  5. Facilities Management
  6. Built Environment Climate Change Adaptation 

Dr Anna Mavrogianni, Lecturer in Sustainable Building and Urban Design (