Past Students

Past Research Students

Our past students have completed innovative research into sustainable buildings

Margaux Chagué 

MargauxAssessing building performance is essential to improve energy efficiency design and comfort of occupants. Mixed-mode buildings are designed to combine natural ventilation from passive systems, and active systems including air distribution equipment. The SBRC building is a perfect example of high environment quality building which takes advantage of natural energy resources thanks to a mixed-mode strategy. My study consists in assessing the performance of this design by coupling a multizone air flow model with building thermal simulation. Data from sensors used by the building management control system are recorded and can therefore be compared with simulation results to validate the model. Thus, the SBRC building is an interesting case study for my visiting research program as well as a pleasant working environment.

Project Title: Performance assessment of mixed-mode buildings by coupling a multizone air flow model with building thermal simulation

Research Supervisors:

Dr. Georgios Kokogiannakis
Dr. Zhenjun Ma 

 

Daniel Daly

DANIEL DALYTrying to answer the question of how to maintain a high standard of living whilst reducing society's environmental impact has never been more important. The SBRC represents an opportunity to contribute to the solution, in a practical and robust way. The contribution can be meaningful on both a global level, through research in new technologies and practices, and on a local level by encouraging, aiding and inspiring the Illawarra to transition to a green economy and way of life.

Project Title: Optimal retrofit strategies and the effects of occupant behaviour in commercial and educational buildings to minimise electricity consumption

Research Supervisors:

Prof. Paul Cooper
Dr. Zhenjun Ma

Member of Team UOW finals group who went to Datong in July/August 2013 and won the Solar Decathlon China 2013 Competition

 

Laia Ledo

Laia LedoEnergy consumption currently is very high and immediate action should be taken to guarantee our adaptations to climate changes and reduce carbon footprints. The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre offers a unique opportunity for researchers to investigate ways to mitigate human impact on the environment. I believe the SBRC will assist the Australian community in embracing sustainability and actively contribute to the moving society towards a restorative future.

Project Title: Optimal educational buildings retrofitting strategy for thermal comfort and energy efficiency.

Research Supervisors:

Prof. Paul Cooper
Dr. Zhenjun Ma

Member of Team UOW finals group who went to Datong in July/August 2013 and won the Solar Decathlon China 2013 Competition

 

Massimo Fiorentini

MASSIMO FIORENTINIThe cost of energy is increasing every year and the trend of energy consumption per person is higher than ever before. As such, sustainability in the energy sector has become one of the most important international strategic issues. One approach to handling energy consumption issues is by reducing the energy consumption of buildings. The building sector provides a variety of energy services to support the livelihoods and well being of people. We need to sustain this well being through sustainable solutions rather than through consumption of fossil fuels.

Project Title: Development of Advanced Control and Optimization Strategies for Building Energy Management.

Research Supervisors:

Prof. Paul Cooper
Prof. Weihua Li
Dr. Zhenjun Ma

Electrical Team Coordinator
Member of Team UOW finals group who went to Datong in July/August 2013 and won the Solar Decathlon China 2013 Competition

 

Su Huang

SU HUANGThe SBRC is a world class research laboratory and research facility, en route to becoming the only 6 Star Green Energy rated building in the Illawarra region. My research is about developing an integrated approach to systematically optimise the design and operation of ground source heat pump systems.

Project Title: Dynamic characteristics and energy performance of ground source heat pump systems for Australia.

Research Supervisors:

Prof. Paul Cooper
Dr. Zhenjun Ma 

 

Scott Redwood

Scott RedwoodWith my experiences, coming from a construction background and working on the construction of large-scale 'sustainable' projects, I am particularly interested in the effectiveness of our current sustainable frameworks, measures and efforts. I feel the SBRC is a great mechanism that will create opportunity to lead and direct the future for positive and effective evolutionary steps in sustainable development and construction. I hope that my time at the SBRC will allow me to grow, learn, apply and become a part of this positive and effective sustainable movement.


Project Title: Sustainable construction of new and retrofitting of buildings.

Research Supervisors:

Prof. Tim McCarthy
Dr. Lip Teh

Design and Construction Manager
Member of Team UOW finals group who went to Datong in July/August 2013 and won the Solar Decathlon China 2013 Competition

  

Michael Whitehouse

Michael WhitehouseHousehold energy use is increasingly on the rise and contributes to a significant proportion of national energy use. Australia faces particular challenges with grid power quality and aging infrastructure, but it also has unique opportunities with an effective national electricity pricing scheme and smart grid rollouts. I see the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre as a key facility for the research and development of innovative solutions to address energy efficiency in both new and existing dwellings, as well as an avenue to publicly display and communicate findings of this research.

Project Title: Cross reality energy flow.

Research Supervisors:

Prof. Paul Cooper
Dr. Duane Robinson 

Services Manager
Member of Team UOW finals group who went to Datong in July/August 2013 and won the Solar Decathlon China 2013 Competition

 

AQEEL KAREEM MOHAISEN

AQEEL KAREEM MOHAISENThe Sustainable Buildings Research Centre offers many opportunities to deal with various energy issues in the built environment. The development of environmentally friendly, low cost and high energy performance HVAC and refrigeration systems is just one of the research and application initiatives. My research focuses on the development of advanced solar desiccant dehumidification air-conditioning systems for heating and cooling of buildings.

Project Title: Development and modeling of an advanced solar desiccant dehumidification air conditioning system

Research Supervisors:

Prof. Paul Cooper
Dr. Zhenjun Ma 

 

Last reviewed: 5 August, 2016