School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Professor Kevin Lomas CEng BSc PhD DSc FCIBSE MEI

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Professor of Building Simulation

  • University of Nottingham – BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (2:1) (1977)
  • University of Nottingham – PhD: Geotechnics – Modelling Frost Heave (1981)
  • Lecturer 1 in Geotechnics and Highway Traffic Engineering – Loughborough University of Technology (1982 - 1983)
  • Research Assistant – Leicester Polytechnic (1984)
  • Lecturer in Environmental Design – Department of Architecture, Leicester Polytechnic (1986)
  • Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design – Leicester Polytechnic (1989)
  • Reader in Building Simulation – De Montfort University (1992 - 1996)
  • Professor of Building Simulation – De Montfort University (1996)
  • Deputy Director then Director – Institute of Energy & Sustainable Development (IESD) – De Montfort University (1996 - 2000)
  • Research Fellow – Leverhulme Foundation (2008 - 2010)
  • Visiting Fellow – Clare Hall, Cambridge (2008 - 2009)
  • Director – The UK Doctoral Training Centre for Energy Demand Reduction and the Built Environment, Loughborough (2009 - )

Broad interests and expertise

The application of computer models to the design and assessment of buildings and cities, and the actual energy and environmental performance of occupied domestic and non-domestic buildings, has been a long standing interest. In recent years this has broadened into studies of energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and climate change at the city scale. Practice-based research into the architectural design and post-occupancy performance of advanced naturally ventilated buildings has been advanced through energy and environment consulting. In pursuit of these interests, 22 PhD students have been supervised to success, and 31 research projects have been secured, including 8 EPSRC projects as PI, which have involved staff from diverse academic disciplines.

Professional affiliations

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow: Institution of Building Services Engineers (FCIBSE)
  • Member: Energy Institute (MEI) 
  • Member: Institute of Learning and Teaching


Research interests

Current research projects are concerned with urban-scale energy use and carbon dioxide emissions and energy use in hosptial buildings:

  • Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management (4M): An Evidence-based methodology for understanding and shrinking the urban carbon footprint (EPSRC: Sustainable Urban Form)
  • Design & Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate (EPSRC, Adaption and resilience to climate change)

Previous research projects

Previous research into the energy and environment of buildings has included:

  • Passive Downdraught Evaporative Cooling in Non-domestic Buildings (EU JOULE)
  • Enlightened Planning: Bringing Solar Energy into the Urban Planning Process (EPSRC: Sustainable Cities)
  • Solar City: an Electricity Supply and Demand Planning Tool for the Urban Environment (EPSRC: Renewable and New Energy Technologies)
  • Faraday Partnership: Integration of New and Renewable Energy in Buildings (EPSRC/DTI)
  • Irradiation Mapping of 3D City Models for Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Feasibility Study (EPSRC: Renewable and New Energy Technologies)
  • City Form Consortium (EPSRC: Sustainable Urban Form)
  • Carbon Reduction in Buildings: A socio-technical, longitudinal study of carbon use in buildings (EPSRC/Carbon Trust /ESRC; Carbon Vision programme)
  • Low Energy Health Care Buildings (DHS, National Inst. for Health Research)

Practice-based research as an energy and environment consultant for the architecture and engineering of advanced naturally ventilated buildings includes:

  • Queens Building: De Montfort University (Green Building of the Year 1995, RIBA Award 1995, HJ Dyos Prize 1994);
  • Ruskin Archive: Lancaster University (1997);
  • Australia Stadium, Sydney Olympics 1996;
  • Coventry University Library: Natural ventilation strategy evaluation (Overall winner of the IMBM Awards 2001; ICE Midland Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievement 2001; Brick Awards 2000, Best Public Building; SCONUL Library Design Award 2002);
  • Millennium Park Visitors Centre, Leicester (1999);
  • Lichfield Civic Theatre: Natural ventilation design and evaluation (M4I Sustainability Demonstration Project 2004; CIBSE Project of the Year 2004;
  • Judson College, Chicago, Illinois: Library and design faculty, environmental control strategy (Earth Stewardship Grant, US Federal Government, $7.5m; Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation $200k grant; and the Kresge Foundation $600k);
  • Leicester City West Primary Health Care Trust: Braunstone Health And Social Care Centre (Sustainable Development of the Year Award, Leicestershire 2005);
  • University College London: Innovative ventilation for new School of Slavonic & East European Studies (RIBA Regional Award 2006; Building to the Limits Exhibition, Science Museum, London 2006; Brick Awards Best Public Building 2006; CIBSE Environmental Initiative of the Year Award 2006; Gold Medal – RIBA President's Award for Outstanding Professional Practice-located Research, 2006, submitted by Short & Assoc, incs. Judson College research);
  • Hangzhou Energy Conservation & Environmental Protection Investment Co Ltd: Science and Technology Museum Project of Green Buildings (2002-04).
  • Journal Referee: Various inc. BSERT; Energy & Buildings ; Energy & Environment; Solar Energy; Building Research and Information; Environment and Planning B
  • Conference Referee: Numerous inc. CIBSE National Conference (Various years); Windsor Thermal Comfort (2001 and 2006); Passive and Low Energy Architecture (2006); World Renewable Energy (2006)
  • Grant Application Referee: EPSRC (previously SERC) College (1993 - ); Hong Kong University Grants Committee (1993 - )
  • Session Chair: Number of conferences, workshops, symposia
  • EPSRC Panel Member: Process, Environment and Sustainability, Engineering Strategic Advisory Team (PES/SAT); and numerous grant application review panels
  • Member: CREST Advisory Panel, Loughborough University, 2003 - 2008; Advisory Group, Edinburgh Research Partnership (ERP), Joint Research Initiative(JRI) in Engineering and Mathematics (2005 - ); CIBSE Weather Data Task Force (2007 - ); Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Advisory Panel, Elm Tree Mews Housing Field trial (2008 - )
  • Trustee: ENVIRON Environmental charity (2001-04); National Energy Foundation (2004 - )
  • Environmental Design Consultant: Short and Associates (2008- )

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