Prof Paul Cooper, SBRC Director
Director, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Wollongong,
Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
phone: +61 2 4221 3355
Over the past thirty years I have have focussed my teaching and research on the improvement of the efficiency with which we use energy and other resources, particularly in the built environment and in industrial processes. I believe that this is now a critical time in the development of our society and that the work we do at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) will play an important role in helping effect a rapid transition to a society that has a dramatically lower impact on our environment than at present.
Professor Paul Cooper is the Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). Paul has been involved in research on a wide variety of topics in energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics over the past twenty five years.
He holds a bachelor of Electrical Engineering, a masters in Science and Technology Studies and a PhD in Heat Transfer, all from Imperial College London. Prior to joining UOW Paul was a research fellow in the Research in Building group at the University of Westminster. His research interests over the years have included the development of large solar heating schemes for municipal housing in London; modelling of energy and ventilation systems in buildings and renewable energy systems, including small scale wind and ocean wave energ. Paul was the Head of the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering at UOW until July 2010, when he took up his present appointment as Director of the SBRC.
Ventilation, pollution control and energy conservation in buildings
- Fundamentals of ventilation processes: theoretical & experimental analysis.
- Fundamental research on dust generation/control and industrial ventilation.
- Thermal modelling of buildings.
- In-situ testing of buildings
- Retrofitting for energy efficiency and thermal comfort
- Welding fume dispersion and control
Renewable Energy Technologies
- Ocean Wave Energy conversion systems, particularly Oscillating Water Column (OWC) devices and air turbines associated with these systems.
- Small scale wind turbines. Numerical modelling and field testing of small scale wind turbines.