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Expert in Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings and Building Technologies

Expert ID: 729323 United Kingdom

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Expert is an expert in the architectural design of low energy buildings, working with natural ventilation and daylight to achieve internal comfort in lieu of mechanical and electrical systems. His designs always start with passive climate control through the application of architectural science. In 2008 the Building Services Journal listed two of Expert’s designs amongst the 30 most influential buildings worldwide of the last 30 years. Expert serves as Professor of Building Physics and in 2010 was author of a Royal Academy of Engineerings report which defined the field and role of building physics in sustainable building design.

Expert is an expert in the design of low energy, low carbon buildings. He has extensive experience in integrating both passive and active solutions for internal climate control, delivering buildings that set the benchmarks for energy efficient design. These include the Genzyme Centre, Boston MA, which is the largest LEED Platinum building in the world and the Innovate Green Office, Leeds UK, which holds the record for the highest BREEAM rating ever. The Institution of Civil Engineers has awarded Expert the Edmund Hambley Medal for creative design in the field of sustainability.

Expert is an expert in all forms of energy supply for buildings, including conventional and renewable energy systems. He is however a vocal and widely published critic of “eco-bling”; the use of inappropriate renewable systems to dress up conventional energy hungry building designs. He always approaches designs from the principle of avoiding energy consumption first, designing efficient systems and only then incorporating renewable energy. Expert has been awarded the James Watt Medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers for the best published work in the field of energy.

Expert is an expert in the design of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems for buildings. He has particular expertise in the design of low energy building services for challenging buildings such a historic refurbishments or those with specific environmental control requirements. Expert has been a consultant to the Royal Albert Hall since 2005 developing strategies for energy efficiency and refurbishment. He was also advisor to the British Library for the development of the environmental requirements for their centre for conservation, the first building in the world designed bespoke for book conservation. Expert is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers in the United Kingdom and a recognised leader in the education and development of building services engineers.

Expert was engaged by a technology start up to help them position their product in the market. Expert helped the company generate, interpret and present evidence of the product's benefits and guided them through the process of attaining certification for inclusion in the UK's Green Deal building refurbishment programme. Expert was engaged by The Royal Academy of Engineering to research and author their report "Engineering a Low Carbon Built Environment". Expert has since been engaged to develop and manage a major survey and research to establish new directions for national policy and education to address the low carbon skills shortage. Expert was engaged by London Transport to scope and author a set of standard specifications to be used in the procurement of new building services installations for their extensive office portfolio. The standards were tailored to focus on energy and resource efficiency and to encourage suppliers and contractors to adopt environmental best practice. Expert developed a series of long term strategies for improving the building environments and infrastructure as part of a new masterplan for the British Museum in London. The focus was on working with the existing environments within the historic buildings and developing solutions that complemented these rather than compromising them. Expert is provided strategic support and design advice for a major refurbishment programme at The Royal Albert Hall in London over a period of 6 years. The initial appointment was to undertake a review and appraisal of the existing building services infrastructure. The study identified shortcomings in the existing systems, impacts of future climate and energy market changes and proposed a range of solutions to reduce the Hall’s operational costs with ongoing improvements in performance and function. Expert was subsequently retained to advise on a wide range of issues and his firm was appointed to carry out the design for a major renewal of the building services infrastructure.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1990 Degree: BSc Subject: Physics Institution: Imperial College, London

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: I provide independent expertise in innovation and sustainability in the built environment. I help a wide variety of organisations including building owners, developers, architects and property managers, large and small, to benefit from low cost, low impact buildings and sustainable working practices.
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chief Science and Engineering Advisor Department: Responsibilities: I advise the Building Research Establishment on research strategy and opportunities in sustainable construction.
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Visiting Professor in Building Physics Department: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering Responsibilities: I provide course development and teaching in low impact building design.
Years: 2002 to 2012 Employer: King Shaw Associates Ltd Title: Founder/Owner Department: Responsibilities: I was the founder of this multi-award winning practice specialising in sustainable building design which is still going strong.
Years: 1998 to 2002 Employer: Buro Happold Title: Associate Director Department: Responsibilities: I was responsible for a wide range of ground breaking buildings from the New Rolls Royce Factory to the Genzyme Centre in Boston.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2007 to 2009 Agency: UN Development Program Role: Consultant Description: Responsible for developing designs and construction methods for a zero carbon building that could be delivered within the capability of the indigenous construction industry in the Balkans.
Years: 2012 to Present Agency: Technology Strategy Board Role: Technical Expert Description: Supporting the TSB by providing expert evaluation of projects and funding bids relating to the built environment.
Years: 2012 to Present Agency: Design Council CABE Role: Built Environment Expert Description: Supporting the Design Council programme of activities in the built environment, providing design review, client support and various expert services.
Years: 2012 to Present Agency: The Building Research Establishment Role: Chief Science and Engineering Advisor Description: Helping BRE identify research strategy and opportunities.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2008 to Present Country / Region: Montenegro Summary: Expert is the lead engineering designer for a zero carbon office building being built for the UNDP
Years: 2005 to 2007 Country / Region: Latvia Summary: Expert was environmental consultant and concept designer for a major mixed use development in Riga
Years: 1999 to 2003 Country / Region: Masachusettes, USA Summary: Expert was environmental advisor and concept designer for the Genzyme Centre in Boston, the largest LEED Platinum building in the world
Years: 2009 to Present Country / Region: Russia Summary: Expert has been invited to provide an infrequent lecture series on low energy and passive building design to the school of architecture at Kuban State University, Krasnodar.
Years: 2013 to Present Country / Region: China Summary: Expert has been appointed Visiting Professor at Chongqing University

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow of the Institute of Physics,
Fellow of the Energy Institute,
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
Licenses / Certifications
Chartered Physicist,
Chartered Engineer,
Chartered Environmentalist
Professional Appointments
Chief Science and Engineering Advisor at The Building Research Establishment, Council Member at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers,
Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Sustainable Futures Group,
Built Environment Expert at Design Council CABE,
Advisor to the Ove Arup Foundation,
Technical Committee Chair for the World Renewable Energy Congress,
Advisor to the Olympic Delivery Authority Sustainability Learning Legacy Programme,
Member of South West Design Review,
Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Validation Panel
Awards / Recognition
Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering,
Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects,
Association of Consultancy and Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award,
The Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal,
The Institution of Civil Engineers James Watt Medal,
The Institution of Civil Engineers Edmund Hambley Medal
Publications and Patents Summary
Has 2 patents, has authored 2 major policy reports and has over 30 published papers and articles in the field of low energy architecture and building services design. Is the author of a regular design masterclass series for the CIBSE Journal.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert is regularly commissioned to evaluate building services installations for compliance with contractual requirements in the case of disputes. Expert has also provided expert assesment and reports for claims relating to the performance of building services contracts (however, to date claims have been dismissed or settled out of court).
Training / Seminars
Expert is a regular speaker at national and international industry conferences and events in the low carbon construction sector. He is regularly invited to lecture at CPD events for Royal Institute of British Architects and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers in the UK. He has developed course materials and teaching methods for building physics and low energy architecture and delivers these at a range of universities throughout the UK.
Vendor Selection
Expert prepares design specifications and tenders contracts for building services engineering installations across a wide range of public and private sector construction projects. He has wide ranging experience in selecting appropriate suppliers of materials and technologies for inclusion in innovative construction projects. He is a regular assessor for government funded research and technology development contracts and is also a regular judge on industry awards in the construction sector.
Marketing Experience
Expert has 25 years experience in the construction industry and in that time has designed some of the most innovative and influential buildings worldwide. His work has always been at the cutting edge, testing the capabilities of the industry and technology in response to emerging drivers such as energy security, climate change and international policy objectives.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is a recognised leader in education for the sustainable construction sector, advising the Ove Arup Foundation and the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as guiding the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and advising the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Fields of Expertise

illumination engineering, building ventilation, daylight testing, passive solar-energy system, solar climate control, solar lighting system, building design, indoor air quality, building chimney design, construction engineering, environmental design, energy efficient building design, energy-efficient heating ventilating and air conditioning control, energy-efficient space heating, energy-efficient system, energy-efficient ventilation, energy-efficient water heating, building energy management, energy-efficient cogeneration, energy-efficient lighting system, energy-efficient district heating, energy-efficient solar water heating, energy-efficient waste heat recovery system, biomass energy system, biomass fuel, fuel, home wind energy, photovoltaic energy system, renewable energy system, renewable resource, solar space heating, solar thermal energy system, solar water heating, convection heating system, radiant surface space heating system, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment, HVAC engineering, plenum system, building automation system, fluorescent lighting system, lighting system design, emergency lighting, indoor air pollution control, variable air volume system, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration, building heating system, natural light, cogeneration boiler, architectural engineering, lighting design, boiler fuel, air change, alternative energy, radiant heating, ambient light, overheating, skylight, building thermal envelope, energy-efficient vapor recompression heat pump, heating system, architectural science, solar space heating system, wood-fired boiler, air supply, air-handling equipment, ventilation system, air-conditioning system, electric lighting system, energy-efficient conventional space heating, energy-efficient thermal insulation material, energy-efficient air conditioner, closed-cycle heat pump, energy-efficient lighting device, energy-efficient lighting controller, energy-efficient insulation material, energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system, passive solar interior, air-conditioning equipment, ventilation, building automation, building insulation material, energy-efficient heating device, light pipe, energy-efficient open-cycle heat pump, energy recovery system, conventional space heating, space heating, air conditioning, wind energy system, wind energy, energy system, solar energy system, chiller, lighting system, heating equipment, thermal comfort, sunlight, solar energy, solar collector, renewable energy source, heating fuel, environmental engineering, energy engineering, electrical construction, electric light, cogeneration, climate control, building science, boiler

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