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GreenBRIDGE Seminar: Current Research on Environment, Energy, Behaviour, and Comfort in Buildings

When Apr 28, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
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Main speaker: Prof Dean Hawkes , Architect and Darwin College emeritus fellow, Cambridge. Title: From Tradition to Precision: The origins of environmental science in the architecture of renaissance England

Biography: Dean Hawkes is an architect and is emeritus fellow of Darwin College and emeritus professor of architectural design at Cardiff University. He was a founder member and, later Director of the Martin Centre in the Department of Architecture. He has held visiting professorships at schools of architecture in Hong Kong, Singapore, Glasgow, Huddersfield and Leicester. His books include, The Environmental Tradition (1996), The Environmental Imagination (2008) and Architecture and Climate (2012). His buildings, in partnership with Stephen Greenberg, have received four RIBA Architecture Awards. In 2000 he received the PLEA Award for his contribution to research teaching and practice in environmental architecture and in 2010 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award in recognition of his contribution to architectural education.

Talk #2: Dr Jason Palmer and Nicola Terry, Director and Associate at Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, Cambridge. Title: Power and the Countryside: Hard choices to stay warm and keep the lights on


Jason Palmer has worked for 13 years carrying out research, writing and providing consultancy services about construction. He is currently a director of Cambridge Architectural Research, where he specialises in project management and modelling domestic energy use and CO2 emissions. His experience includes managing the development of the Cambridge Housing Model and DEMScot, disseminating best practice, post-occupancy evaluation, and analysing large data sets.

Nicola Terry works mainly as a consultant to DECC, DEFRA and DCLG on household energy use. She is also an author and disseminator of energy advice through workshops and on the internet ( She is currently an associate of Cambridge Architectural Research, for whom she has contributed to a variety of projects including literature surveys, modelling home energy use, statistical analysis and programming.

Talk #3: Hui Ben, PhD Candidate, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge. Title: A Socio-Technical Approach to Thermal Comfort and Heating Behaviour in UK Homes

Biography: Hui is a Doctoral Researcher at University of Cambridge. She has graduated from MPhil in Architecture by Research at University of Cambridge, focusing on energy efficiency and occupant behaviour in housing. Hui’s current research continues on from the subject of environmental studies and aims to address the interplay between occupant behaviour and building energy efficiency with a focus on thermal comfort and socio-technical system.

The lecture is open for all. No reservation is needed.

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