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Amer Al-Sudani and Yahya Lavafpour present at Los Angeles Passive and Low Energy Architecture PLEA 2016 conference 

Two PhD students in the School of Architecture, Amer Al-Sudani and Yahya Lavafpour, have presented papers at the 36th International Conference Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2016), which was held in Los Angeles in July.  Competition for the conference was high, and from over 1000 Abstracts submitted only 240 papers were eventually selected for presentation.

Yahya’s paper examined the impact of facade geometry on overheating in a Passivhaus dwelling (Yahya Lavafpour and Steve Sharples ‘The potential of inclined walls to reduce overheating risk: a Passivhaus case study for UK current and future climates’). Amer’s paper introduced a new method to quantify the impact of surrounding buildings on the local microclimate at locations within a residential development (Amer Al-Sudani and Steve Sharples ‘Analyzing urban microclimate air temperature measurements using a novel parameter - the partial sky view factor’). In addition, Amer was awarded a prestigious Jeffrey Cook Student Travel Scholarship by the Society of Building Science Educators to enable him to present his paper.