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University of Nottingham

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Dr David Tetlow
Research Fellow & Lead Project Manager of the HERB project

Dr David Tetlow is a research fellow at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham. He is responsible for the management and submission of all deliverables of the HERB project, oversees all collaboration between the 17 EU partners, and assists al projects leaders in the delivery of their assigned work packages. He has expertise in: building simulation; renewable energy technologies; building energy efficiency technologies; building services engineering; thermal energy storage; economics of sustainability and business; energy policy and management (national and international); and is involved with industrial collaboration both nationally and internationally. He is involved with a range of research projects in Nottingham including Innovate UK, and other EU based projects


Organisation and relevant experience: The University of Nottingham is a research-led University in the United Kingdom with annual research awards totalling €190 million. It has the largest number of top-rated (by Higher Education Funding Council) Departments in UK Universities for research following Cambridge, Oxford and London Universities. It is the home of many ground breaking discoveries and inventions such as magnetic resonance imaging, and is also the 4th ranked UK university for research grant income from private industry. The University of Nottingham has participated extensively in EU funded research and the Department of Architecture and Built Environment has conducted 13 EU research projects. The University of Nottingham has been working on green retrofits projects funded by the UK government and industry. The University has constructed six unique low/zero carbon Creative Energy Homes on the University Park Campus. The homes are designed by leading architects to various degrees of innovation and flexibility to allow the testing of different aspects of building construction including layout and form, materials, roof structure, foundations, glazing materials, thermal performance and sustainable/renewable energy technologies. These innovative dwellings will function as tools to address the challenges faced by the construction industry in its endeavour to create a sustainable urban environment and also addresses the UK’s Government Code for Sustainable Homes with its target that all new homes be zero carbon by 2016. The Creative Energy Homes are a unique research and educational test bed of housing, which are occupied and heavily monitored to allow post occupancy evaluation to be carried out. The houses are used for research and development projects, student training and promotion of sustainable technologies in the UK and overseas. One of the homes is a replica 1930’s house to study green retrofit solutions. The house will allow for incremental step change modifications (in terms of insulation, glazing and energy systems) to Code for Sustainable Homes Equivalent Levels 3 and 6 (zero carbon).

Tasks: The University of Nottingham will carry out computer simulation of the indoor environment, develop aerogel insulation and VIP technology as well as different coatings such as TiO2 coating for retrofitting, test the technology under controlled conditions, measure building energy use before retrofitting, devise retrofitting plan, retrofit technologies and solutions into six houses of different types and ages, monitor and demonstrate the performance of retrofitted buildings in a northern European climate, survey occupants’ acceptance and analyse socio-economic benefits of retrofitting residential buildings as well as coordinating the proposed project.

Key personnel and relevant experience:

Professor Saffa Riffat is Head of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham. He has a wide range of experience of renewable energy, sustainable buildings, heat transfer, refrigeration, heat pumps, ventilation and air quality. He has obtained grants in excess of €50 million from the EU, UK research council and industry and published over 500 refereed papers on renewable energy, eco-buildings, refrigeration, ventilation and air conditioning systems. He has been involved in 13 EU projects funded under JOULE, Thermie, Craft and FP5 to FP7 Programmes. He is named as the inventor on 20 international patents. He is the editor-in-chief for the Internationals Journal of Low Carbon Technologies and Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society and a member of the Editorial Boards of several international journals including Applied Thermal Engineering, Green Energy, Renewable Energy and Ambient Energy. He is also a Fellow to the World Innovation Foundation. Professor Riffat has won several awards including the UK CIBSE Barker Silver Medal, the EuroSolar Award and the Community Award for Exceptional Individual, and he has established numerous links with industry and international institutions.

Dr Guohui Gan is associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham. He has experience in building technology, renewable energy, fluid flow modelling, indoor air quality, thermal comfort, heat recovery and performance monitoring of renewable energy systems and the indoor environment. He has carried out a range of research projects including the EU project ‘ECOCOOL’ and published over 100 refereed papers.


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