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Retrofit assessment: Getting it right from the start (2024)
Journal Article
Fitton, R., & Swan, W. (2024). Retrofit assessment: Getting it right from the start. Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal and Valuation, 12(3), 208-217

The UK has some of the oldest buildings in Europe. They are also some of the worst performing in terms of energy performance. In tandem with these issues the UK has committed to making a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions. UK homes are currently... Read More about Retrofit assessment: Getting it right from the start.

Bellway Homes "The Future Home" Baseline Performance Report (2024)
Report
Fitton, R., Diaz, H., Farmer, D., Henshaw, G., Sitmalidis, A., & Swan, W. (2024). Bellway Homes "The Future Home" Baseline Performance Report. Salford: ERDF & Innovate UK

This report examines the fabric thermal performance of a prototype home (The Future Home, or TFH) built by Bellway Homes. The home was designed and built to meet the anticipated Future Homes Standard in terms of fabric performance. The research was c... Read More about Bellway Homes "The Future Home" Baseline Performance Report.

Saint Gobain & Barratt Developments “eHome2” Baseline Performance Report (2024)
Report
Fitton, R., Diaz Hernandez, H., Farmer, D., Henshaw, G., Sitmalidis, A., & Swan, W. (2024). Saint Gobain & Barratt Developments “eHome2” Baseline Performance Report. Salford: ERDF & Innovate UK

This report examines the fabric thermal performance of a prototype home (eHome2) built through a partnership with Saint Gobain and Barratt homes. The home was designed and built to meet the anticipated Future Homes Standard in terms of fabric perfor... Read More about Saint Gobain & Barratt Developments “eHome2” Baseline Performance Report.

A Practitioner Study into the Variability of Domestic Energy Assessments (2023)
Journal Article
Gledhill, T., Swan, W., & Fitton, R. (2023). A Practitioner Study into the Variability of Domestic Energy Assessments. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-10-2022-0167

This paper focuses on the assessment of a domestic property’s energy performance status by a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA), to ascertain the possible underlying reasons for variability in the results of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). By var... Read More about A Practitioner Study into the Variability of Domestic Energy Assessments.

An exploration of mentorship as a resource for knowledge sharing in the built environment (2022)
Thesis
Lester, E. (in press). An exploration of mentorship as a resource for knowledge sharing in the built environment. (Thesis). University of Salford

As a major source of employment – 7.523 million or 5.03% of the total employment of the United States – the built environment remains mired in challenges, foremost among them the loss of knowledge as experienced professionals age out of the industry.... Read More about An exploration of mentorship as a resource for knowledge sharing in the built environment.

Efficient management of environmental control within electrical substations for decarbonisation purposes (2021)
Thesis
Collett, M. Efficient management of environmental control within electrical substations for decarbonisation purposes. (Dissertation). University of Salford

Decarbonisation of building operations is identified as a key component of national decarbonisation strategies. Reducing the energy demand of buildings is to be achieved through more stringent regulation for new construction and the retrofitting of e... Read More about Efficient management of environmental control within electrical substations for decarbonisation purposes.

Domestic smart metering infrastructure and a method for home appliances identification using low‐rate power consumption data (2021)
Journal Article
Paraskevas, I., Barbarosou, M., Fitton, R., & Swan, W. (2021). Domestic smart metering infrastructure and a method for home appliances identification using low‐rate power consumption data. IET Smart Cities, 3(2), 91-106. https://doi.org/10.1049/smc2.12009

The deployment of domestic smart metering infrastructure in Great Britain provides the opportunity for identification of home appliances utilising non-intrusive load monitoring methods. Identifying the energy consumption of certain home appliances ge... Read More about Domestic smart metering infrastructure and a method for home appliances identification using low‐rate power consumption data.

An investigation of models of community-based low-carbon distributed energy systems in Nigeria (2020)
Thesis
Sadiq, I. An investigation of models of community-based low-carbon distributed energy systems in Nigeria. (Thesis). University of Salford

This thesis undertakes research into community-based low-carbon distributed energy systems in Nigeria. It focuses the socio-technical factors of the development and operation of community energy systems, ranging from increasing population and economi... Read More about An investigation of models of community-based low-carbon distributed energy systems in Nigeria.

An evaluation of architects' readiness for conducting energy modelling using BIM tools to achieve high energy performance buildings in the UK and Canada (2020)
Thesis
Karjalian Chaijani, M. An evaluation of architects' readiness for conducting energy modelling using BIM tools to achieve high energy performance buildings in the UK and Canada. (Dissertation). University of Salford

Buildings, consume more than 30% of the world's energy and is the world's largest energy consuming sector, contributing nearly a quarter of the total global greenhouse gas emissions. Global warming is the result of emission of greenhouse gases, and... Read More about An evaluation of architects' readiness for conducting energy modelling using BIM tools to achieve high energy performance buildings in the UK and Canada.

Urban cooling : which façade orientation has the most impact on a microclimate? (2020)
Journal Article
Taleghani, M., Swan, W., Johansson, E., & Ji, Y. (2021). Urban cooling : which façade orientation has the most impact on a microclimate?. Sustainable Cities and Society, 64, 102547. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2020.102547

Deploying solar reflective materials on urban surfaces is known as an effective heat mitigation strategy. Several studies have shown their cooling impacts; however, most of them have focused on rooftops rather than facades. The novelty of this paper... Read More about Urban cooling : which façade orientation has the most impact on a microclimate?.

14th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2019 Book of Abstracts 16-17 December 2019 (2020)
Book
(2020). A. Marshall-Ponting, Y. Ji, K. Keraminiyage, A. Lee, T. Poppelreuter, W. Swan, …E. van-Dijk (Eds.), 14th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2019 Book of Abstracts 16-17 December 2019. Salford: University of Salford

This Book of Abstracts provides a flavour of the various papers and presentations that have been contributed to the conference by the postgraduate delegates, covering the areas of Business, Economics and Finance; Property and Project Management; ICT,... Read More about 14th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2019 Book of Abstracts 16-17 December 2019.

Conference proceedings of the 14th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2019 : contemporary and future directions in the Built Environment (2019)
Book
(2019). A. Marshall-Ponting, Y. Ji, K. Keraminiyage, A. Lee, T. Poppelreuter, W. Swan, …H. van Dijk (Eds.), Conference proceedings of the 14th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2019 : contemporary and future directions in the Built Environment. Salford: University of Salford

Conference Proceedings of the 14th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2019: Contemporary and Future Directions in the Built Environment

Air pollution in a microclimate; the impact of different green barriers on the dispersion (2019)
Journal Article
Taleghani, M., Clark, A., Swan, W., & Mohegh, A. (2020). Air pollution in a microclimate; the impact of different green barriers on the dispersion. Science of the Total Environment, 711, 134649. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134649

This paper studies the impact of different green barriers on the dispersion of air pollution in a neighbourhood. The study was performed with reference to air quality conditions in Manchester, UK. Manchester experiences a high level of NO2. Measure... Read More about Air pollution in a microclimate; the impact of different green barriers on the dispersion.

Thermal performance of thermal paint and surface coatings in buildings in heating dominated climates (2019)
Journal Article
Simpson, A., Fitton, R., Rattigan, I., Marshall, A., Parr, G., & Swan, W. (2019). Thermal performance of thermal paint and surface coatings in buildings in heating dominated climates. Energy and Buildings, 197, 196-213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.04.027

A purported approach to reducing heating energy in solid wall “hard to heat” housing is the simple application of a thin layer (< 1mm) of thermal paint containing insulating additives. The objective of this study was to test the energy saving clai... Read More about Thermal performance of thermal paint and surface coatings in buildings in heating dominated climates.

Retrofit modelling of existing dwellings in the UK : the Salford Energy House case study (2019)
Journal Article
Ji, Y., Lee, A., & Swan, W. (2019). Retrofit modelling of existing dwellings in the UK : the Salford Energy House case study. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 37(3), 344-360. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-12-2018-0106

There is a clear consensus that improving energy efficiency of existing housing stock is necessary to meet the UK’s legally binding carbon emission targets by 2050. The aim of this research is to assess the energy saving potentials from building re... Read More about Retrofit modelling of existing dwellings in the UK : the Salford Energy House case study.

Building dynamic thermal model calibration using the Energy House facility at Salford (2019)
Journal Article
Ji, Y., Lee, A., & Swan, W. (2019). Building dynamic thermal model calibration using the Energy House facility at Salford. Energy and Buildings, 191(May 19), 224-234. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.03.001

Thermal modelling tools have widely been used in the construction industry at the design stage, either for new build or retrofitting existing buildings, providing data for informed decision-making. The accuracy of thermal models has been subject of m... Read More about Building dynamic thermal model calibration using the Energy House facility at Salford.

Renaturing a microclimate : the impact of greening a neighbourhood on indoor thermal comfort during a heatwave in Manchester, UK (2019)
Journal Article
Taleghani, M., Marshall, A., Fitton, R., & Swan, W. (2019). Renaturing a microclimate : the impact of greening a neighbourhood on indoor thermal comfort during a heatwave in Manchester, UK. Solar Energy, 182, 245-255. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2019.02.062

Higher air temperatures in large cities like Manchester, UK, reduce human thermal comfort. In this paper, the impact of land cover on microclimate, and consequently on indoor thermal comfort is studied. Through different stages, field measurements an... Read More about Renaturing a microclimate : the impact of greening a neighbourhood on indoor thermal comfort during a heatwave in Manchester, UK.

Assessing the requirements from ‘BB101’ 2006 and 2018 for a naturally ventilated preparatory school in the UK (2018)
Journal Article
Ji, Y., Swan, W., Fitton, R., & Fernando, T. (2018). Assessing the requirements from ‘BB101’ 2006 and 2018 for a naturally ventilated preparatory school in the UK. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 40(5), 638-659. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143624418815785

In the UK, BB101 is the guidance document for ventilation design of school buildings. There are significant changes proposed in the new version of BB101. The aim of this paper is to examine the requirements of thermal comfort and CO2-based indoor a... Read More about Assessing the requirements from ‘BB101’ 2006 and 2018 for a naturally ventilated preparatory school in the UK.

Investigating the impact of renewing floor coverings on the energy performance of dwellings with suspended timber floors, tested under controlled conditions (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Marshall, A., Fitton, R., Benjaber, M., & Swan, W. (2018, September). Investigating the impact of renewing floor coverings on the energy performance of dwellings with suspended timber floors, tested under controlled conditions. Presented at International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment SDBE, London

Dwellings with suspended timber floors are commonplace in the UK, making up almost a third of the overall housing stock. Floor coverings, such as carpets and vinyl, are often used in these types of dwellings to achieve thermal comfort, aesthetics and... Read More about Investigating the impact of renewing floor coverings on the energy performance of dwellings with suspended timber floors, tested under controlled conditions.