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Dr Simon Hodder and Professor Dennis Loveday being given an award by ASHRAE

Loughborough academics win prestigious award for technical paper

Professor George Havenith, Dr Simon Hodder and Professor Dennis Loveday were recognised for ‘Best Technical Paper’ by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Their paper is part of a series of studies that uses state of the art thermal manikins to determine detailed data on clothing heat and vapour resistance. This data is required for standardised assessment models for indoor climate and engineering models to optimise energy usage in climate control systems. For example, during the pandemic, data on medical clothing was collected to develop, optimise and evaluate the climate systems in hospitals.

They were presented with the award at the Society's Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada, during the Plenary Session on 25 June.

On winning, Professor Havenith said: “We are extremely pleased to be recognised for our work with ASHRAE. The projects ASHRAE has funded with us have delivered important building blocks in the assessment of the impacts of climate change on building occupant comfort and performance.

“The results will support climate system engineers to optimise their systems to bring down their energy use and reduce the impact of the building climate systems on the environment.”

ASHRAE has over 50,000 members and focuses on advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, with the aim of promoting sustainability.