Project team

Principal Investigator: Professor Kevin Lomas

Civil and Building Engineering: Building Energy Research Group

Kevin Lomas is Professor of Building Simulation in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University, having previously been the Director of the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University.  His particular interests, built up over 30 years, is the application of computer models to the design and assessment of buildings and the actual energy and environmental performance of occupied domestic and non-domestic buildings. In recent years this has broadened into studies of energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and climate change at the city scale.

Kevin led the Carbon Reduction in Buildings and the 4M consortia, both of which examined routes to reducing the carbon emissions from UK homes through the collection of primary data from large cohorts of occupied dwellings. These initiatives provided inspiration for the DEFACTO project and the experience base necessary for its effective execution.He has supervised 27 PhD students and 31 research projects and published around 110 journal and conference papers.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/abce/staff/kevin-lomas/

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Co-Investigator: Dr Victoria Haines

Design School: User Centred Design Research Group

Victoria Haines heads the User Centred Design Research Group in the Loughborough Design School. She is a Reader in User Centred Design and holds a degree in Ergonomics, a Diploma in Professional Studies and a Professional Certificate in Management. She is a Fellow of the Ergonomics Society and a Registered European Ergonomist.

Victoria has worked extensively on projects with commercial and industrial partners as well as other academics, focusing on user-centred design and energy. Her research focuses on how people interact with their environment and the products and services they use, particularly in the domestic energy field. She is the DEFACTO project manager and is overseeing the cohort interaction aspects of the project.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/design-school/staff/victoria-haines/

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Co-Investigator: Professor Dennis Loveday

Civil and Building Engineering: Building Energy Research Group

Dennis Loveday is Professor of Building Physics in the School of Civil & Building Engineering, Loughborough University and Director of the University’s Sustainability Research School. He has more than 20 years’ experience of research and project leadership in the fields of building heat transfer, building energy performance and occupant thermal comfort. He led Project CALEBRE, the E.ON / RCUK-funded, multi-University research project concerned with refurbishing the UK’s solid wall housing for reduction of carbon emissions. He played a leading role in founding the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) and is now a member of the Steering Committee, having also chaired the Science Group. He is also a voting member of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 2.1 ‘Physiology & Human Environment’, taking over its chairmanship from July 2013.

Dennis has led or participated in more than 20 research projects, and has authored more than 100 papers in the field of human thermal comfort, engineering heat transfer applied to buildings, and building-integrated solar thermal technology.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/abce/staff/dennis-loveday/

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Co-Investigator: Dr David Allinson

Civil and Building Engineering: Building Energy Research Group

David Allinson is a Lecturer in Building Physics: Measurement and Modelling. He is a mechanical engineering graduate and worked in industry and government research laboratories prior to academia. Since 2003 his research has focused on the use of measurements and models to better understand the technical aspects of energy demand in UK homes. He also works with colleagues from other disciplines to better understand the human aspects of energy demand. He is particularly interested in the challenge of refurbishing the UK’s existing housing stock to meet the requirements of this and future generations.

David is a co-investigator on the DEFACTO project.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/abce/staff/david-allinson/

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Research Associate: Jaqueline Beckhelling (Data Analysis)

Civil and Building Engineering: Building Energy Research Group

After taking a degree in statistics, Jacqueline commenced her career working in industry.  She has considerable experience of using quantitative research methods in commercial environments.  While working in the industrial sector, she held a position as a database programmer to widen her experience of data collection and handling techniques.  In 2004, she joined Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) as a quantitative analyst.  She moved to the Department of Civil and Building engineering in November 2012 to work on the DEFACTO project.  Her role is to manage the data handling and statistical analysis for the project.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/abce/staff/jacqueline-beckhelling/

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Previous team members

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Dr Ashley Morton

DEFACTO position: Research Associate, Cohort Interaction (2016-2017), DEFACTO PhD student (2012-2017)

Moved to: De Montfort University, Research Fellow.

Ashley has a background in Chemistry, gaining a MChem in Chemistry with Industrial Experience before completing a MSc in Energy with distinction both at Heriot Watt University.  She joined the London-Loughborough centre for doctoral research in energy demand in 2011.  Ashley joined the DEFACTO project to carry out her PhD in 2012 which investigated heating use in UK homes.  Ashley became the Cohort Interaction Research Associate in 2016 and successfully completed her PhD in early 2017.  In her role as the cohort interaction research associate she was responsible for all contact with the participants and carrying out qualitative and quantitative research aimed at understanding more about the user experience in heating use. Ashley is currently a Research Fellow on the H2020 eTEACHER project which is investigating the use of ICT technology to facilitate behaviour change in a range of buildings and user types to achieve energy savings.

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Dr Arash Beizaee 

DEFACTO position: Research Associate, Technology and Modelling (2015-2016), DEFACTO PhD student (2012-2016)

Moved to: De Montfort University, Early Career Academic Fellow

As a PhD student on the DEFACTO project, Arash investigated the potential for domestic heating energy demand reduction which could be achieved by applying zonal control for space heating using state of the art digital control devices, and also as part of the LoLo CDT.  As a DEFACTO Research Associate his research focus was on data driven modelling techniques such as Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) for large scale building energy predictions.  Arash is currently an Early Career Academic Fellow at Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD).

https://dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/academic-staff/technology/arash-beizaee/arash-beizaee.aspx

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Dr Becky Mallaband 

DEFACTO position: Research Associate, Cohort Interaction (2012-2015)

Moved to: Aston University, Lecturer

Becky’s research focuses on user centred design (UCD), particularly within the domestic energy domain. She is interested in how a UCD approach can be used within interdisciplinary research and how it can add value to the process of designing energy saving technologies. She has worked on multidisciplinary projects with other academic institutions, commercial and industrial partners, including the RCUK/E.ON funded project CALEBRE (Consumer Appealing Low Energy Building Retrofitting).

http://www.aston.ac.uk/eas/staff/a-z/dr-becky-mallaband/

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Dr Ehab Foda

DEFACTO position: Research Associate, Technology and Modelling (2013-2015)

Moved to: University of Salford, Research Fellow

Ehab completed his DSc in Energy Technology at Aalto University in Finland and worked there at the Energy Technology Department as a doctoral researcher for more than 4 years. Prior to this he had 10 years practical working experience predominantly in construction and contract manufacturing. Ehab joined the DEFACTO team in January 2013.

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