Dr Eirini Mantesi

DipArch MSc EngD

  • Research Associate

Research and expertise

  • Architecture
  • Building Energy
  • Building Physics
  • High Performance Building Design
  • Passivhaus and Low Energy Construction
  • Flexible working and workspace design
  • Building Performance Simulation
  • Hygrothermal Modelling
  • Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis

Recent publications

  • Mantesi, E., Hopfe, C. J., Mourkos, K., Glass, J., Cook, M. J., (2019) Empirical and Computational Evidence for Thermal Mass Assessment: The Example of Insulating Concrete Formwork. Energy and Buildings, pp. 188-198, pp. 314-332. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.02.021.
  • Mantesi, E., Hopfe, C. J., Cook, M. J., Glass, J., Strachan, P., (2018) The Modelling Gap: Quantifying the Discrepancy in the Representation of Thermal Mass in Building Simulation. Building and Environment, pp. 131, 74-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.12.017.
  • Mantesi, E., Mourkos, K., Hopfe, C.J., McLeod, R., Vatougiou, P., Kersken, M. & Strachan, P. (2019) Deploying Building Simulation to Enhance the Experimental Design of a Full-scale Empirical Validation Project. 16th International Building Performance Association, Building Simulation Conference, Rome, Italy, 02-04 September 2019, Conference Proceedings. URI: https://repository.lboro.ac.uk/account/articles/9457910.
  • Mourkos, K., Mantesi, E., Hopfe, C. J., Cook, M., Glass, J., Goodier, C., (2017) The Role of Fabric Performance in the Seasonal Overheating of Dwellings. 15th International Building Performance Association, Building Simulation Conference, San Francisco, USA, 07-09 August 2017, Conference Proceedings. URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25188.
  • Mantesi, E., Hopfe, C. J., Glass, J., Cook, M. J., (2016) Investigating the Impact of Modelling Uncertainty on the Simulation of ICF for Buildings. 3rd Building Simulation and Optimization Conference BSO2016. Newcastle, UK, 12-14 September 2016, Conference Proceedings. URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21972.
  • Mantesi, E., Hopfe, C. J., Glass, J., Cook, M. J., (2015) Assessment of ICF Energy Saving Potential in Whole Building Performance Simulation Tools. 14th International Building Performance Association, Building Simulation Conference, BS2015, Hyderabad, India, 07-09 December 2015, Conference Proceedings. URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19229.
  • Mantesi, E., Cook, M. J., Glass, J., Hopfe, C. J., (2015) Review of the Assessment of Thermal Mass in Whole Building Performance Simulation Tools. 14th International Building Performance Association, Building Simulation Conference, BS2015, Hyderabad, India, 07-09 December 2015, Conference Proceedings. URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19228.

Teaching

I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the School’s programmes, including:

CVA058 Building Science  - First year undergraduate module
Lecture on Passivhaus
Lecture on Compliance and Performance Building Modelling

CVB019 Low Energy Architectural Design – Second year undergraduate module
Lecture on BREEAM and Environmental Assessment Methods

CVP303 Building Energy Consumption - MSc module
Lecture on thermal bridging calculation and thermal bridge free design

CVP309 Low Carbon Building Design – MSc module
Lecture on BREEAM and Environmental Assessment Methods
Coursework Assignment on Adaptability to Future Climate

CVP351 Research Development and Dissemination – MRes Module
Marking coursework on critical writing

MSc Dissertation
Co-supervision of two MSc dissertations

Enterprise

  • Member of the International Energy Agency (IEA), EBC Annex 71 Project - Building Energy Performance Assessment Based on In-situ Measurements
  • Member of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) Project Committee
  • Reviewer in Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Building and Environment Journal, Journal of Building Services Engineering Research & Technology

Profile

I am an architectural engineer, specialising in the environmental design of buildings and low-energy construction. I did my undergraduate studies in the School of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), where I acquired a five-year diploma in Architectural Design and Engineering (DipArch), equivalent to MArch. I continued my studies at Cardiff University in the Welsh School of Architecture and I completed my MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings. I subsequently worked as a junior and design architect in Greece and Cyprus for three years, with a special focus on low-energy, passive building design.

I joined the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University in 2014 to work on an EPSRC funded Doctorate of Engineering (EngD) project. My EngD project looked at building physics and enhanced fabric performance as a way to reduce building energy consumption. More specifically, the focus of the research project was on Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF), a relatively innovative site-based, heavyweight Modern Method of Construction (MMC). With the use of computational analysis (building performance simulation) and empirical evaluation (monitoring data), the aim of the project was to analyse the factors that affect the thermal performance of ICF, to draw conclusions on the influence of ICF on the occupants’ thermal comfort and the overall building energy consumption.

Subsequently, I worked as a Research Associate on another EPSRC funded project that focused on moisture risk assessment in solid masonry walls. As part of my role, I was responsible for developing and testing a framework for modelling the risk of moisture damage to solid masonry walls, with and without internal insulation.

At present, I am working on a two-year Doctoral Prize Fellowship on the future of office buildings design. My aim is to analyse how flexible working patterns are expected to affect the design and performance of office buildings and workspace. The project will seek to explore the use of adaptable architecture and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to improve the flexibility, adaptability and multifunctionality of office spaces, as well as ways to enhance their energy efficiency.