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I-SEE Seminar: Can we achieve an Energy Positive Built Environment?

  • University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY (map)
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Professor Phil Jones, Chair of Architectural Science, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

This talk will explore how we can design buildings that are ‘energy positive’, whereby a building generates more energy than it needs on an annual basis. It will discuss the extent to which we can achieve this for individual buildings or for the built environment as a whole.

The talk will describe a number of research and design projects, involving new build and retrofit, housing and commercial buildings, located in the UK and abroad, using a range of technologies, through a ‘whole system’ design approach. It will consider how the built environment can play a more active role in the development of our future energy systems.

Phil Jones is Professor of Architectural Science at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University where he currently co-directs the Energy Systems University Research Institute (URI). His research area is in low energy, low carbon, and sustainable design in the built environment. Specific research topics include the development of computer models for energy and environmental prediction, urban scale sustainability, research through design, and building energy and environmental monitoring. He has led research projects in Wales, Europe, Middle East and China. He is Master Academic advisor for Tianjin University’s Low Carbon Building research programme, and he recently completed a three-year Distinguished Visiting Research Professor post at University of Hong Kong. He chairs the Welsh Building Regulation Advisory Committee, is a partner in the Swiss based environmental design company Jones Kopitsis AG, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Warm Wales, a community interest company formed to install energy efficiency measures to existing fuel poor housing in Wales.

I-SEE seminars are free to attend and open to all.