Research and expertise
My research interest and expertise include:
- Thermal Comfort and Indoor Environmental Quality
- Building Performance Modelling and Monitoring
- Low Energy Building Services Design
- Data Analytics for Building Energy Research
My research on overheating risk assessment of English homes has informed the works of the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change, Building Research Establishment, Westminster City Council and Zero Carbon Hub among others and has been awarded research impact prize by the Homes and Communities Agency.
My research on quantifying energy saving potential of smart heating controls has led to the development of a robust method that enables relatively small differences in energy demand caused, for example, by energy efficiency measures, to be identified. Experimental data collected in full scale test houses with synthetic occupancy has been used to develop empirical and dynamic thermal models. The experimental dataset assisted the work of research teams from twelve different countries who participated in International Energy Agency’s Annex 71.
My recent outputs in collaboration with other colleagues and stakeholders such as BEIS include development of a domestic operational rating for UK homes using smart meter data, and a systematic international review of energy saving, cost effectiveness and usability of smart heating controls.
Current research activity
- Thermal Comfort and Overheating Risk in Informal Settlements in Sub Saharan Africa
Recently completed research projects
- Digital Energy Feedback and Control Technology Optimisation (DEFACTO), EPSRC, £1.5M (Research Associate)
- Lomas, K.J., Beizaee, A., Allinson, D., Haines, V.J., Beckhelling, J., Loveday, D., Porritt, S., Mallaband, B. & Morton, A. (2019) A Domestic Operational Rating for UK homes: Concept, Formulation and Application. Journal of Energy and Buildings, 201, pp. 90-117. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.07.021
- Lomas, K.J., Oliviera, S., Warren, P., Haines, V.J., Chatterton, T., Beizaee, A., Prestwood, E., Gething, B. (2018) Do Domestic Heating Controls Save Energy? A Review of the Evidence. Journal of Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 93, pp. 52-75. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2018.05.002
- Beizaee, A., Allinson, D., Lomas, K.J., Foda, E., Loveday, D. (2015) Measuring the Potential of Zonal Space Heating Controls to Reduce Energy use in UK homes: the case of 1930s dwellings. Journal of Energy and Buildings, 92, pp. 29-44. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.01.040
My main teaching activities are associated with my role as the Academic Manager of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment. The modules I taught previously include:
- Thermodynamics and Theory of Machines (Module Lecturer)
- Final Year Projects
- Building Physics (Module Leader)
- Building Performance Modelling (Module Leader)
- Energy and Thermal Performance (Module Leader)
- MSc and MRes Dissertations
- Scoping Review on the Evidence for Heating Controls, Department of Energy and Climate Change
Career and esteem indicators
Having trained as a Mechanical Engineer specialized in Heat and Fluids, I completed an MSc (with distinction) in Building Services Engineering at Loughborough University. Following my graduation, I received an EPSRC scholarship to pursue my postgraduate studies at the London- Loughborough centre for doctoral research in Energy Demand; a collaboration between University College London (UCL) and Loughborough University.
I completed an MRes (with distinction) in Energy Demand Studies before embarking on my PhD which was focused on quantifying the energy demand reduction potential of zonal space heating controls. I completed my PhD in 2016 and continued my work at Loughborough University as a Research Associate on a large multi-disciplinary EPSRC project (DEFACTO).
In 2017 I joined De Montfort University (DMU) as an Early Career Academic Fellow and within three years I was promoted to Senior Lecturer. During my time at DMU, I was Programme Director for MSc courses in Energy and Sustainable Building Design, and Energy and Sustainable Development. I also designed and led a number of modules, supervised PhD students, completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE), became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), became a full Member of ASHRAE at the UK Midlands Chapter and established an ASHRAE student branch.
In February 2020 I returned to Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment. Part of my role is to act as Academic Manager of the ERBE CDT; the EPSRC & SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Member of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (MASHRAE)
- Member of International Building Performance and Simulation Association
- ARCC & Homes and Communities Agency Research Impact Prize
- Winner of Best Paper at LoLo CDT Paper Competition for the Paper "National Survey of Summertime Temperatures and Overheating Risk in English Homes”
- Pick Everards Prize for Best Final Year Research Project at MSc Building Services Engineering at Loughborough University
- Full EPSRC Scholarship for 4 years during MRes and PhD studies
Journal Referee: Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, Building Research & Information, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE), Indoor and Built Environment, Advances in Building Energy Research, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Energies, Sustainability, Architectural Science Review
- Conference Referee: CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2017
- Editorial Advisory Board: Reusable and Sustainable Building Materials in Modern Architecture. Global Research Society, LLC, USA, 2019
- ASHRAE UK Midlands Chapter: Member of Board of Governors, Technology Transfer Committee; Student Activities Co-Chair
My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:
- Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- University College London
- De Montfort University
- University of the West of England