Senior Professor Paul Cooper

Senior Professor Paul Cooper

Paul CooperDirector
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
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Over the past thirty years I have focused 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 founding Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). Paul has been involved in a wide range of research on sustainable buildings, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics over the past 35 years. He holds a bachelor in Electrical Engineering, a masters in Science and Technology Studies and a PhD in Heat Transfer, all from Imperial College London. He has published over 165 journal and conference articles.

Prior to his present appointment as the Director of the SBRC, Paul was the Head of the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Wollongong.

He was also the Faculty Advisor and lead academic on the winning Team UOW Solar Decathlon China 2013 campaign. Team UOW were not only the first Australian team ever to win entry to the finals of a Solar Decathlon, but they also won this first competition in Asia, and they continue to hold the world record for the highest number of points scored by any team in the history of all Solar Decathlon competitions around the world.

Research Interests

Energy in Buildings

  • Net zero energy buildings.
  • Natural ventilation.
  • Ground source heat pump systems.
  • Air infiltration and energy consumption mitigation in older buildings.
  • Occupants and human factors involved in energy use in buildings.
  • Building Management Systems.
  • Energy Epidemiology – acquisition and analysis of energy data.

Retrofitting of Buildings for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

  • Optimal retrofit strategies for lower grade commercial buildings.
  • Retrofitting of residential buildings and aged care facilities.
  • Bushfire resilience of buildings.

Thermal comfort, indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency in aged care and dementia facilities.

  • Renewable Energy and Thermal Storage Technologies.
  • Photovoltaic-Thermal (PVT) systems for buildings.
  • Smart grids/smart homes – optimization of renewable energy and storage systems. for residential and other buildings.
  • Phase Change Material thermal storage systems.

Ventilation, energy and pollution control in buildings.

  • Fundamentals of ventilation processes researched through analytical, numerical and experimental techniques.
  • Field studies of ventilation in buildings. 

Research and publications details

Last reviewed: 10 August, 2018