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Best Paper award to May Khalfan at Dubai sustainability conference.

Professor Steve Sharples presented papers on behalf of two of his PhD students at the Sustainable Built Environment conference (SBE16) that was held in Dubai, 17-19th January 2016. Mahmoud Elkhatieb’s paper ‘Climate adaptive building shells for office buildings in Egypt: a parametric and algorithmic daylight tool’ created a great deal of interest amongst the conference delegates because of its subject matter (facades that change their form dynamically in response to external and internal environmental conditions). May Khalfan’s paper ‘Thermal comfort analysis for the first Passivhaus in Qatar’ had significance to many of the delegates because of her study being based in the Gulf region. The quality of May’s work was recognised when she awarded the Best Paper award at the end of the conference. 

PhD success for Masoud Sajjadian

Congratulations to Masoud Sajjadian on being awarded a PhD for his thesis entitled ‘Future Proofing UK Sustainable Homes under conditions of Climatic Uncertainty’. Masoud’s study evaluated the overheating risk in dwellings, built with a range of constructional design options, for climate change predictions up to 2080 in London and Manchester. The findings of this study show that UK sustainable homes, in their present form, are susceptible to a future overheating risk. Masoud’s PhD study was supervised by John Lewis and Steve Sharples. 

Perspectives on Architecture: The Aesthetics of Energy Efficient Retrofit

Asterios Agkathidis and Rosa Urbano-Gutierrez presented Perspectives on Architecture: The Aesthetics of Energy Efficient Retrofit, at the RIBA London at 6.15 pm on 21st April 2015.

For more information visit http://www.architecture.com/

Configuring Light Seminar

Rosa Urbano-Gutierrez was invited to speak at one of the Configuring Light Seminars, ‘Light and Sustainability: Concepts, Practices, Experiments’. Taking place on 30th April 2015 at the University of Manchester, it was organised by the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and the Configuring Light/Staging the Social programme, co-ordinated between the London School of Economics and King’s College London.

Paper Acceptance for the Sustainable Environments Research Group

Masoud Sajjadian, a PhD student in SERG, has had his paper accepted for oral presentation at the International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction in Chicago, 10-13 May 2015.

Sureepan Supansomboon, a PhD student in SERG, presented her paper ‘The impact of tropical classroom façade design alternatives on daylight levels and cooling energy consumption’ to PLEA 2014, 30th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Ahmedabad, India, 16-18 December 2014. Her paper can be found at http://www.plea2014.in/presenting-author-list/