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IESD Research Seminar Series 2012

Leicester’s vision for a low carbon city

Councillor Rory Palmer
Deputy City Mayor of Leicester

Tuesday, 27 March, 2012, 13:00 - 14:00
Hugh Aston Building Lecture Theatre 2.07, De Montfort University

Leicester has set a target of reducing its city-wide carbon dioxide emissions to 50% below 1990 levels by 2025 and become one of the UK major cities with the lowest carbon footprint by 2030. Leicester’s vision for a low carbon city requires a radical improvement of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction supported by public, private and voluntary sector organisations in the city. Carbon reduction measures can include developing zero-carbon buildings, scaling-up activities to improve energy efficiency in households, enhancing a renewable energy framework, implementing and expanding a district heating system in the city, improving businesses' energy efficiency, and escalating the work on transport to improve journey planning, car sharing and cycling initiatives linked to targets for reduced car use. Leicester’s low carbon city vision is focused on engaging with the citizens of Leicester to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to make the city more “sustainable” and improve our quality of life. Councillor Rory Palmer will provide a decision maker perspective on how Leicester’s vision for a low carbon city is being implemented.

Rory Palmer is the Deputy City Mayor of Leicester. He was appointed as deputy to the city's first directly elected executive mayor, Peter Soulsby, in May 2011. As Deputy City Mayor, Rory has responsibility for policy development, strategy and delivery, partnerships, communications and the city’s preparations for the 2012 Olympics. Rory holds the cabinet portfolio for transport and climate change. Rory is leading on the council’s Low Carbon City agenda, aiming to accelerate the city’s carbon emissions reductions and improve sustainability.  He is also developing a new plan for public and sustainable transport in Leicester. Rory was first elected as a city councillor in 2007 and continues to represent Eyres Monsell. He was previously cabinet member for adult social care. Rory graduated from the University of York with an honours degree in Social Policy and he currently serves as a governor at Regent Sixth Form College in Leicester.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Dr Stefan Smith at


IESD Research Seminar Series 2012

District Heating in Leicester a working case study

Ian Forsyth and Trevor Chilton
Cofely District Energy

Thursday, 19 January, 2012, 13:00 - 14:00
Hugh Aston Building Lecture Theatre 2.06, De Montfort University

District Energy systems are seen as sustainable, cost-effective and low carbon solution for the provision of heat, cooling and power. The use of District Heating, coupled with combined heat and power as well as other low carbon energy generation, is a cornerstone of the Government's strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Cofely District Energy, the UK's largest district energy company, has signed a 25-year contract with Leicester City Council to link and extend four existing district heating systems across the City of Leicester. This work will be delivered through an investment of £14 million and additional funding from the Community Energy Saving Programme. It is expected that this work in its initial stage will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 12,000 tonnes per year. In this lecture, Ian Forsyth and Trevor Chilton from Cofely District Energy will explain some of the technical aspects of district heating as well as its associated environmental, financial and social benefits, with emphasis on the work being conducted in Leicester.


Ian is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a Masters Degree in Engineering Business Management.  Having worked in the defence industry for 20 years Ian decided a change was required and for the last 4 years he has worked as a Project Manager installing CHP systems in hospitals, land fill sites, sewage treatment sites, etc. for Clarke Energy Ltd.  Recently Ian joined Cofely District Energy Ltd as a Business Development Manager and is responsible for developing existing schemes in Leicester and Birmingham and new schemes in the north of England.

Trevor Chilton has been a project Manager with COFELY (formerly Cofathec) since 2002 and has successfully completed many substantial projects including large industrial steam and HTHW plant and system installations throughout the UK on prestigious and potentially onerous sites such as HM Prisons, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Government Ministry Buildings, MOD Establishments and private clients such as Rolls Royce Aero Engines.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Dr Stefan Smith at


IESD-ACE Joint Seminar Series

IESD and the ACE Centre at the University of Leicester are jointly organizing a public seminar series throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. The series offers a set of seminars to highlight ongoing and emerging research in the field of climate change, sustainability and environmental studies. The seminars will take place throughout the year and are open to all who are interested. The list of forthcoming seminars will be updated regularly; please check back from time to time.

Forthcoming seminars:

Five challenges in understanding consumer decision makingFive Challenges in Understanding Consumer Decision Making

Dr Edmund Chattoe-Brown, University of Leicester
12 October 2011 12:00 – 13:00
Hugh Aston Building Lecture Theatre 3.02, De Montfort University

Decision-making is a key factor in understanding the effectiveness of strategies and technologies put in place to affect a change: whether that be as an adaptive measure to climate impacts or the incorporation of technology for, say, improved energy management. Dr Chattoe-Brown research is focused on decision-making in socially important contexts, which utilizes methods such as agent-based modelling. Edmund will identify and explore five challenges in understanding decision making of a consumer. (Download presentation in PDF)

Common Cause: The case for working with our Cultural Values

Dr Tom Crompton, WWF, and Mr Richard Hawkins, PIRC
20 October 2011 13:00 – 14:00
Hugh Aston Building Lecture Theatre 0.08, De Montfort University

Dr Crompton’s most recent report Common Cause: The Case for Working with our Cultural Values was published by a consortium of NGOs in September 2010. He read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Leicester.

Mr Hawkins has a background in International Environmental Law and as a director of PIRC focuses on issues of communication, bridging between the research community and campaigning NGOs.

Geoengineering the climate: science, governance and uncertainty

Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton
17th November 2011 13:00 – 14:00
Hugh Aston Building Lecture Theatre 0.08, De Montfort University

Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS is a professorial research fellow in Earth System Science at the School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton. John was deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research between 2001 and 2010 and has research interests in natural variability of the climate system as well as the development and use of climate models of intermediate complexity. Prof. Shepherd chaired a major study for the Royal Society on Geoengineering the climate that was published in 2009.

Prescribing Nature: Evidencing Nature's Health Benefits

Dr Katherine Irvine, Dr Sara Warber, and Melissa Marselle
2nd Februry 2012 13:00-14:00
University of Leicester, Lecture Theatre 4, Bennett Building 

Wellbeing is increasingly considered fundamental to quality of life.  An expanding catalogue of research suggests that interaction with the natural environment – from viewing green space from a window to walking in national parks – contributes to multiple dimensions of wellbeing. Nature’s health benefits include restored concentration, enhanced positive mood, physical activity and spiritual wellbeing, and reduced stress.

This presentation will briefly review the theoretical underpinning for nature’s health benefits with emphasis on recent and on-going research conducted by the speakers. The human health-environment dimension of sustainable development will be considered.

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) - A Joint Seminar with IMechE Rugby Area

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham
7th Februry 2012 18:30-19:30
Queens Building Lecture Theatre 1.10, De Montfort University

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is seen as an important method for significantly reducing carbon emissions in the short-term whilst still reliant on a fossil-fuel based infrastructure. Amongst Prof. Maroto- Valer's many leading roles in CCS, she is the Chief Scientific Officer of the National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage and Head of the Energy and Sustainability Research Division at Nottingham University.

Details of this talk will be given closer to the date. For more information on Professor Maroto-Valor's work please follow this link.

Learning to Live with Buildings

Dr Sarah Darby, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
16th March 2012 13:00-14:00
Hugh Aston Building Lecture Theatre 3.02, De Montfort University

Daily energy use in identical buildings can vary by a factor of three or more, depending on the preferences and practices of the occupants. Building design, the effects of which can last for centuries, is also heavily influenced by what designers and prospective users see as attractive, useful and viable. I will be presenting some findings from a study of four large university research buildings and their occupants, as examples of what can happen during design and commissioning, how different actors think about energy use, and what can be achieved in terms of altering the environmental impact of a building once it is completed and occupied. I will be focusing on how we can build up useful explicit and tacit knowledge to complement developments in technologies and materials.


Sustainable Schools Event

Sustainable School Design and Operation: A Whole School Approach

Tuesday 14th June, 2011; 9.30am – 4.30pm
Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University have been engaging secondary schools throughout Leicester City in the science, engineering and technology of low-energy school design and operation, as part of the Building Schools for the Future initiative. The project has been successful in substantially increasing the awareness, knowledge and understanding of pupils, teachers and governors of these schools, whilst also working with Leicester City Council and Leicester’s school design team to make issues of sustainable school development increasingly more prominent across the city. 

As we are now in the final 7 months of the 3 year engagement project we intend to host a celebratory event to disseminate our findings and to commemorate the inspirational and high standard of work that Leicester City Schools have achieved. The event is to be made up of several key note speeches:

  • Bryan Davies HMI, Head of Sustainable Development, OFSTED
  • Martin Mayfield, Education Leader, Arup
  • Ann Finlayson, Chief Executive, SEEd

As well as multiple interactive workshops for both adults and young people throughout the day. The themes of the event include:

  • The Design, Development and Operation of Future-Oriented Schools
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Adopting a Whole School Approach to Sustainability

There will be a number of workshops throughout the day focusing on multiple aspects of sustainable school design and operation. The event is aimed at schools, local authorities, designers, architects and anyone with an interest in sustainable schools.

Please visit the following webpage to register for the event:


IESD Research Seminar Series 2011

The National Space CentreThe Energy Saving Challenges of an Iconic Building

Graham Law
Head of Technical Services at the National Space Centre (NSC)

Tuesday, 5 April 2011, 13:00 - 14:00
Queens Building, Lecture Theatre 1.10, De Montfort University

From 2005, Graham Law oversaw a low energy retrofit & reengineering programme of the National Space Centre, one of the most iconic buildings in the UK, achieving a reduction over 50% in energy consumption. Graham will provide an overview of the project details, addressing the practical issues to consider during the design of such buildings and how this can lead to conflict between style, efficiency and practicality. In light of these conflicts Graham will address the solutions for energy saving retrofit that were applied to the NSC building and Rocket Tower. The talk will take place in one of De Montfort University's iconic buildings - the Queens Building - that itself is subject to a programme of energy efficiency and sustainable measures as part of the Living Lab research project.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Dr Stefan Smith at


DMU Climate Week Open Day

Climate Week logoClimate Week Open Day

Thursday, 24 March 2011, 12:00 - 15:00
Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University


Between 12pm and 3pm on the 24th of March, the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development is organizing an open day event as part of Climate Week ( The event will take place in the Hugh Aston Building main Atrium with a series of stands (informative and interactive) highlighting research, initiatives and existing groups within DMU and Leicester that are in someway focused on issues of climate change and sustainability. There will, therefore, be a diverse range of activities - such as guided 'green walks' around Leicester, a chance to have your carbon footprint calculated, displays of realtime energy use in DMU buildings, interactive stands on cutting edge research and DMU green initiatives, and guided tours of the £35 million Hugh Aston building. The event will close with a talk by Roger Courtney on Urban Climate and Energy Use that will run from 2pm-3pm in lecture Theatre 0.08 of the Hugh Aston Building. Roger Courtney has been a key stakeholder for two major projects funded under the Living With Environmental Change programme which were coordinated by the Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate Coordination Network.

Staff, students and the public are encouraged to come along to get an idea of the role DMU is playing in one of the Grand Challenge-led research areas.

All are welcome to attend

Programme of the open day can be found here. For further information contact Dr Stefan Smith at

IESD Research Seminar Series 2011

Zero Carbon Britain: Could it exist in 2030?

Peter Harper
Head of Research and Innovation at the Centre for Alternative Technology

Friday, 11 February 2011, 13:00 - 14:00
Queens Building, Lecture Theatre 1.10, De Montfort University

Since their pioneering Low Energy Strategy for the UK in 1977, the Centre for Alternative Technology has been pointing the way towards a sustainable energy future for Britain. Their new zerocarbonbritain2030 report, includes input from thirteen universities, twelve research bodies and eight key industry players, and highlights a strategy for a zero carbon transition in the UK by 2030. Peter Harper, Head of Research and Innovation at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) will introduce the key ideas behind Zero Carbon Britain, including how transport, housing, land use and other sectors of the UK economy could be decarbonised.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Dr Stefan Smith at


DMU Professorial Lecture Series

A Novel Dew Point Cooling Technology and its Application in Building Air Conditioning

Professor Xudong Zhao,
Professor in Low Carbon Society, IESD, De Montfort University

Thursday, 27th January 2011, 18:00-19:00
Hugh Aston Building

Frequent summer warm spells, improved insulation for buildings and growth of indoor facilities have led to an increased requirement for air conditioning of indoor environment. The conventional mechanical compression air conditioning systems consume a significant amount of electrical energy that is largely dependent upon fossil fuel. This mode of air conditioning is therefore neither sustainable nor environment-friendly. Evaporative cooling utilizes the latent heat of water evaporation, a natural energy existing in the ambient, to perform free (or nearly free) air conditioning of buildings, and is therefore a potential replacement of the conventional systems. Evaporative cooling has its limits but a recently emerged dew point cooling technology breaks these limits and allows the supply air to be cooled to a level below the wet bulb and above the dew point of the inlet air, resulting in an increase to the systems cooling capacity. In the lecture, Professor Zhao presents the details of the new dew point cooling technology and explores its potential application in building air conditioning.

Professor Xudong Zhao is the Professor in Low Carbon Society at Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University. He is experienced in building services and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies, sustainable/renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency technologies. He has published 66 peer-reviewed papers on sustainable energy/building technologies in refereed journals and conferences, co-authored a book and chaired several international conferences/forums. He has been an member of editor board of the ‘International Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society’, External Reviewer of the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, Guest Professor of Harbin Institute of Technology and Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and the regular reviewer for several international journals including ‘Applied Thermal Engineering’, ‘Applied Energy’, ‘Energy and Building’ and ‘Building and Environment’.

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IESD Research Seminar Series 2011

Lessons Learnt in Sustainability and Energy Reduction - 2012 Olympics Project

Mr Richard Jackson
Principal Sustainable Development and Regeneration Manager, The Olympic Delivery Authority

and Dr Ben Cartmell
Director, Southfacing Services Ltd.

Friday, 14th January, 2011, 14:00 - 15:00
Trinity House Chapel, De Montfort University

The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) is pleased to announce that on Friday the 14th of January Richard Jackson from the Olympic Delivery Authority will be giving a talk along with Dr. Ben Cartmell (Director of Southfacing) on the broad issues of Sustainability and Energy Reduction associated with the London 2012 Olympics project. The talk will comprise of a short talk by Dr. Cartmell on the implementation of BREEAM in improving the environmental performance of the 2012 Olympic site. Richard Jackson is the Principal Sustainable Development and Regeneration Manager for the Olympic Delivery Authority and will provide a longer talk on the sustainability brief for the London Olympics. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Dr Stefan Smith at


IESD Research Seminar Series 2011

Renewable Energy - past, present and future

Professor Ali Sayigh
Founder and Chairman of the World Renewable Energy Congress and Council

Thursday, 13th January 2011, 13:00 - 14:00
Queens Building, Q1.12

Professor Ali Sayigh is Chairman and founder of the World Renewable Energy Congress and Council which has been held in over 20 countries to date. Since 1990 Prof. Sayigh has also been the Director General of the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN). His academic career has produced over 400 papers and he has contributed to and edited more than 30 books, whilst carrying out research into renewable technologies at Universities such as Reading, Saudi Arabia and currently as a Professor at University of Hertfordshire.

Professor Sayigh's will draw on his extensive academic career and his position as editor and editor in chief of several international journals (such as the International Journal of Environmental Sciences and Technology) to provide insight into the current state of World renewable technologies and the potential growth in use of these technologies over the coming decade.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Dr Stefan Smith at


IESD Research Seminar Series 2010

Glenda Cook, 27-10-2010, DMU slides“What do older people want to enable them to experience well-being in their later life?”

Dr Glenda Cook
Reader in Gerontological Nursing
Centre for Collaborative Gerontology (CCG), Northumbria University

Wednesday, 27 October, 12:30-1:30pm
Queens Building, Q1.12

Dr Cook’s first career was in nursing, then nurse education. For the previous 15 years, she has developed research programmes concerning quality of life of older care home residents, and improving quality of services for older people. A unique aspect of her research approach is the involvement of older people as co-researchers and supporting older people to undertake user-led research.

Dr Cook is currently co-director for the Centre of Collaborative Gerontology, Northumbria University, and Director of the My Home Life North East care home research and practice development network. My Home Life now has over 110 care homes that are actively engaged in practice and service development activity that seeks to improve the quality of life of residents. Her recent research interests include the role that the environment and technology can have in enabling older people to live in a place of their own choice and in enhancing their independence in that environment. This lecture will focus on the meaning of ‘home’ in later life, what is important to older people and how the environment and technology can enable or undermine the well-being that older people experience.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Dr Yi Zhang at


IESD Research Seminar Series 2010

Where Will Our Energy Come From In 2015?

Professor Tony Marmont
Beacon Energy

Friday 17th September, 2:00-3:00pm
Hugh Aston 2.06

Professor Tony Marmont has spent the last 30 years dedicating his life to finding technologies which can provide us with alternatives to burning oil and coal.

Professor Marmont formed Beacon Energy in 1992 as a not-for-profit organisation.  His aim was to increase public awareness about climate change and what can be done to address it.  Today with most people aware of the damaging effects of climate change Beacon Energy remains focused on reducing CO2 emissions by promoting and demonstrating clean energy technology for the future.

Over the years Tony has impacted greatly on public and local authority attitudes. He lobbied the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) to elevate sustainability and climate change in their policies, advised on the redevelopment of the Shirebrook Colliery site in Nottingham and hectored the local electricity company over feed-in arrangements for exported green electricity.  In 2008 Tony Marmont inspired the formation of the UK Sustainable Development Association, an association for businesses that provide products and services to help reduce the UK’s carbon footprint.

In 2009 Tony Marmont was presented with the ‘Individual Achievement Award’ by the Energy Institute, in recognition of 30 years of dedication to averting man-made climate change.      

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Dr Carol Bell at

IESD Workshop 2010

Carbon Reduction in Buildings - How Effective Are the Regulatory Systems?

IESD Workshop, De Montfort University
Friday 17th September, 10.30-11.45am
Hugh Aston 2.06

This workshop focuses on the regulations imposed in recent years to improve building energy performance and ask whether they have been effective and efficient. 

Ant Wilson, head of sustainability at AECOM, explains the current and forthcoming regulations, and the rationale behind their introduction.

Cal Bailey, head of sustainability at NG Bailey, explores the practical implications of these regulations in terms of cost and effectiveness. He proposes alternative systems, which may prove more effective.

The floor will debate the issues and propose recommendations in response to government consultations.

Ant Wilson, Director, Sustainability, Building Engineering, AECOM

Ant gained a BSc (Hons) in Building (Environmental) Engineering from Bath University and went on to join Oscar Faber (now AECOM) in 1979. He leads the Sustainable Development Group promoting low energy/carbon building designs.

Ant has worked on a wide range of construction and research projects mainly from an energy performance perspective. He is a BSRIA Council member and SFE Committee member and on the editorial panel for BSER&T, CIBSE Journal, H&V News and Sustain magazines.

Ant is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the Energy Institute and the Society of Façade Engineering and a Member of the Society of Lights and Lighting.  Ant is a CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant, received the AECOM 2007 Excellence Award for Thought Leadership, holds a Silver Medal from CIBSE for contributions to the Institution (2007) and was the first ever winner of the ACE engineering ambassadors award in 2008.

Cal Bailey, Sustainability Director, NG Bailey

Cal Bailey has been sustainability director of NG Bailey since 2007. He is responsible for the implementation of sustainable practices both for the organisation and for its clients.

Prior to his current role, Cal spent three years as the company’s business planning and development director. Before that, he was the prefabrication director responsible for creating the company’s specialist prefabrication division.  Prior to joining NG Bailey in 1994, Cal Bailey worked in positions across the manufacturing, construction, development and consultancy sectors, for companies including Arthur Andersen, Accenture, Zurich Group Plc, and his own business. 

Cal has an MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Oxford, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and National Engineering Scholar.  Cal is affiliated with many industry bodies and is a founder of Buildoffsite and the UK Green Building Council, as well as a member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Institute of Family Business.  


All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Dr Carol Bell at

IESD Research Seminar Series 2010

"Building Information Models (BIM) and their link to energy simulation"

Professor Stephen Lockley
Professor in Building Modelling
School of Built Environment, Northumbria University

Wednesday 7th July, 2010
From 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Queens Building
Lecture Theatre Q1.12

The developments in Building Information Modelling historically owes a great deal to the efforts of the energy modelling community. In the early 1990s I was involved with  the development of BIM for use by the energy modelling community. From about 1995 to the present day, the major CAD vendors have taken over the leadership and to some extent the ownership of BIM, the energy modelling community appears now to be a recipient rather than a driver of BIM technology. The talk will outline the role played by the energy modelling community in developing BIM, the problems identified in these early attempts and how these may now be addressed using current BIM technology. It will give a short review of the current BIM research at Northumbria and how the tools arising from the UNN open source BIM project could be made available to the energy modelling community to support the development of new energy modelling tools.

All are welcome to attend

IESD Research Seminar Series 2010

"Design of the Queens Building: internal environment, energy and comfort"

Professor Brian Ford, Dip Arch, MA, RIBA
Head of Architecture and Urban Design Research Division,
University of Nottingham

Wednesday 31 March 2010
From 1pm to 2pm
Queens Building
Lecture Theatre Q1.10

The Queens building was designed 20 years ago, but it is still referred to when comparisons are made between energy efficient buildings today. This talk will describe the original design intent, focusing on the environmental design strategy to provide a naturally ventilated daylit interior as far as possible, for the varied activities within the building. The building form and fabric play a crucial role in the ‘dynamics’ of the internal environment, and the resulting energy consumption of the building. Reference will also be made to independent studies of the performance of different aspects of the building.

Professor Brian Ford Brian Ford is an architect and environmental design consultant. Head of the School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, from July 2004 to August 2008, he is currently Head of the Architecture and Urban  Design Research Division. As an architect he specialised in the design of naturally ventilated and passively cooled buildings around the world, including the SFC Brewery Process Building Malta and the Queens Building, De Montfort University, Leicester; in partnership with Alan Short. As a consultant he also advised on the design of the Sydney Olympic Stadium, Australia; Pittsburgh Convention Center, USA;  Torrent Research Laboratories, India; and the Malta Stock Exchange. Since 1996, Brian has initiated over 4.0 million Euro of funded research projects and is currently coordinating an EC funded project with 8 partners from around Europe, India and China working on the application of passive downdraught cooling.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Greig Mill at


IESD Research Seminar Series 2010

"Some analytical and numerical applications in HVAC and fire"

Dr Yehuda Sinai, Director, HeatAndFlow Consultancy Ltd.

Wednesday 17 March 2010
From 1pm to 2pm
Queens Building
Lecture Theatre Q1.10

The talk will cover two theoretical applications relevant to HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) and fire safety engineering. The first will describe a 1-D analytical simulation of spectral combined-mode heat transfer across single and double glazing, with the glass modelled as radiatively participating. Whilst some CFD codes are able to analyse simultaneous phenomena in fluids and solids, this would be prohibitively expensive if the glazing area is large, and the 1-D model can be used as a boundary condition for CFD simulation of the building interior.

The second application involves Eulerian-Lagrangian CFD simulation of fire suppression by water mist with the ANSYS-CFX software. The modelling is complex, with multiphase heat, mass and momentum transfer, thermal radiation, chemical reactions, soot, and a spectrum of water droplet sizes. Full-scale validation is followed by an application to the machinery space of a ship.

Dr Yehuda Sinai is managing director of a small company which he set up in the autumn of 2009, named HeatAndFlow Consultancy Ltd. He has over 40 years’ experience in flow modelling and CFD, covering topics such as non-equilibrium gas dynamics, acoustics, multiphase fluid-structure interactions and thermal-hydraulics, atmospheric flows, dispersion, fires, and ventilation, with about 60 publications in these fields. He has experience in many sectors, including nuclear, marine, aeronautical, process, environment, and built environment.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Greig Mill at


IESD Research Seminar Series 2010

"Retrofit Reality"

Dr Sara Walker, Sustainable Buildings and Energy Systems Group, Northumbria University

Wednesday 10 February 2010
From 12 noon to 1pm
Queens Building
Lecture Theatre Q1.10

Registered Social Landlords are responsible for 2.15 million homes in the UK and will therefore need to be at the forefront for the drive for sustainable homes if the government's aim of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by 80% is to be achieved by 2050. As it is estimated that 87% of currently existing properties will still be in use in 2050, retrofitting renewable technologies will be of vital importance if key targets are to be hit. This presentation shall review a research project which Northumbria University is undertaking in partnership with a Registered Social Landlord. The research work comprises two PhD studies: a) to review the performance of in situ solar water heating systems and the used solar fraction; b) to analyse the change in behaviour following retrofit technologies and associated interventions.

Sara Walker is Director of the Sustainable Buildings and Energy Systems Group at Northumbria University, which is part of the School of the Built Environment and which includes all aspects of Building Services. She is involved in all aspects of academic teaching, from Foundation Degree to PhD level. She teaches renewable energy, heat transfer, business and sustainability, as well as supervising 3 PhD students. As Director she is also responsible for a team of staff and for development of the academic programmes in the subject area.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Greig Mill at


IESD Research Seminar Series 2010

"Can Zero Carbon Communities be delivered through standard design processes? Re-thinking the role of design tools"

Dr Ben Cartmell & Mark Thompson, Southfacing Services Ltd.

Thursday 28 January 2010
From 1pm to 2pm
Queens Building
Lecture Theatre Q1.12

Southfacing Services Ltd was formed in 2004 as a group project with wide ranging ambitions in the areas of low carbon design and sustainable development. The Company consists of Environmental Consultants, Engineers of various disciplines and Academics. We provide consultancy services and 'off-the-shelf' and bespoke software products that enable construction industry professionals to delivery best practice in energy consumption and environmental design. This lecture will introduce some of our current projects / products and provide insight into our methodology for taking ideas through to commercial release.

Ben Cartmell undertook a PhD (Solar Energy Engineering) with IESD before joining Whitbybird Engineers (now Ramboll) where he led their Sustainability & Renewable Energy Group for four years. A co-founding Director of Southfacing Services Ltd he has been involved with the development of various design tools including Climate Lite (led by BRE with TSB funding), Low Carbon Designer (GLA) and Carbon Keys (with Element Energy). Ben is also currently undertaking BREEAM assessments of four of the 2012 Olympic Stadia.

Mark Thompson is a software engineer with 15 years commercial experience. A co-founding Director of Southfacing he has led the development of Carbon Checker which was the first alternative interface to SBEM (now owned by BuildDesk) and Climate Lite. Mark has also undertaken contract software development for Arup in-house design tools.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Greig Mill at


IESD Research Seminar Series 2010

"One Leicester Strategy: Decision Maker's Perspective"

Ross Willmott, Leader of the Leicester City Council, Chair of the Leicester Partnership Executive

Thursday 21 January 2010
From 12pm to 1pm
Gateway House
Room GH3.54

‘One Leicester’ is a sustainable community strategy developed by the Leicester Partnership (the Local Strategic Partnership for Leicester) in consultation with a wide range of people and organisations across the city.

This 25-year strategy aims to deliver the ‘One Leicester Vision’, which contains seven key priorities that will form the focus for much of the work the council and its partners undertake over the coming 25 years. These priorities include reducing the city’s carbon footprint and aiming to have the lowest carbon footprint of any major city in Britain, improving wellbeing and health and investing in skills and enterprise.

To make the ambitious and exciting ‘One Leicester Vision’ a reality requires a breadth of support, participation and involvement from all major public, private and voluntary sector organisations of the city.

This requires clear identification of local community bodies that have a role to play in promoting best practice and the establishment of an effective network of relevant organisations that align their key strategies, activities and services with the ‘One Leicester Vision'. Focus on engaging with the citizens of Leicester to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to make the city more sustainable and improve their quality of life is also relevant. This talk will explain from a decision maker perspective how the ‘One Leicester’ Vision and Strategy was developed and how it is being implemented.

More details about the ‘One Leicester’ vision can be found at the website:

Ross Willmott is the Leader of Leicester City Council. He is a Councillor for the Rushey Mead ward and was also the Leader of the Council from 1999-2003.

In 2000 he pioneered regeneration in the city of Leicester with the formation of the Leicester Regeneration Company and Cultural Quarter, with its flagship £62 million Performing Arts Centre, Curve, designed by Rafael Vinoly. Ross has led work on sustainability - promoting the setting up of a local Energy Company, improving building design and transport, as well as increasing the use of renewable energy and recycling. Leicester was commended at the first earth Summit in Rio for this work and Ross presented to the Local Government Session of the Johannesburg Earth Summit in August 2002.

He was a Board member of the UK Government’s Regional Development Agency for 6 years and has contributed to the work of the Sustainable Development Commission, chaired by Jonathan Porritt..

He has been a board member of the East Midlands Development Agency, a Director of the National Space Centre and of East Midlands Tourism. He was a Research Fellow at De Montfort University and taught management for the Open University. He studied his Bachelors Degree in the University in London (1976-1979) and holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from Warwick University.

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Greig Mill at


IESD Research Seminar Series 2009

"Reducing and Trading Emissions – From Theory to Practice"

Myfanwy Price-Jones, Director, CarbonAided

Wednesday 28 October 2009
From 1pm to 2pm
Lecture Theatre Q1.10
Queens Building

The first part of the talk will provide an overview of how the UK commercial sector has taken action to reduce GHG emissions since the introduction of GHG constraints in the late 1990s. It will concentrate on how the different commercial sectors have responded to GHG regulations and stakeholder pressure. It will provide an overview of how different commercial sectors determine their corporate GHG mitigation strategies, the key drivers for taking abatement action, how emission reductions are in fact achieved within different sectors and what barriers and other factors have, to date, prevented further reductions from being delivered.

The second part of the talk will focus on carbon trading.  The talk will provide an assessment of whether or not carbon trading is in fact a good thing versus command and control options for reducing emissions. It will place carbon trading in both an economic and political context. It will provide an overview of how companies have traded emissions and what factors inform trading decisions and carbon prices in both the short and long term. The talk will explain why not all carbon commodities are equal and will detail how different companies and entities value the various different types of carbon commodity. The talk will finally provide an overview of the various trading complexities that the market now faces in light of the end of the first Kyoto commitment period and how these are being addressed.

Myfanwy Price-Jones has 12 years experience in the carbon markets, assisting clients to raise over US$1bn for carbon related investments; industrial and building energy efficiency, methane recovery, renewables, fuel switching, forestry, etc.  She has helped clients to develop CDM and voluntary offset projects that have delivered more than 20 million tonnes of verified emissions reductions including: Gold Standard bio-gas projects in India; one of the first two large scale CDM projects to gain UN approval (Salvador da Bahia landfill gas recovery project); and the largest credit purchase agreement awarded under the Dutch government's CERUPT programme.  She has, in addition, advised the governments of the UK, Ireland and the European Commission on the design and implementation of the CDM and emissions trading schemes. 

All are welcome to attend

For further information contact Greig Mill at


Neil Bowman Memorial Lecture 2009

"Severn Trent Water: Sustainable Futures"

A lecture by Tony Wray, Chief Executive of Severn Trent Water

Wednesday 28 October 2009 at 6.30pm

Queens Building Q1.10


The lecture will be delivered by Tony Wray, Chief Executive of Severn Trent Water. His talk, entitled Severn Trent Water: Sustainable Futures, will explore what the future has in store for Severn Trent Water, one of the region’s largest employers.

Tony Wray believes the future holds a number of complex challenges and he will be tackling some of those issues, such as climate change, water resource management, security of supply, the opportunities competition could bring, affordable bills, investor confidence and long-term business prosperity, sharing some of the solutions that Severn Trent Water are developing. These are long term, sustainable and practical solutions which, if delivered by Severn Trent Water, will help ensure prosperity and security for the organisation into the future. In doing so, Severn Trent Water will also create and maintain a successful business that will contribute in a sustainable way to the regional economy, bringing benefits to customers, investors and employees.

The Memorial Lecture was established in 2000 to commemorate the services of Neil Bowman, Professor of Environmental Design, to the University and, in particular, to the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development. Professor Bowman became the first Director of the Institute in 1994 and was responsible for its expansion into a strong research group with internationally respected capabilities. The Lecture seeks to widen our perspective of the challenges we face in moving towards a low-energy and more sustainable future.

The event will take place in room 1.10 of the Queens Building, De Montfort University, Mill Lane, Leicester, with tea and coffee available from 5.30pm.  The lecture will start at 6.30pm and will last for approximately an hour including time for questions.  Drinks and canapés will be served after the lecture.

We would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by  Monday 19 October 2009, by contacting the Events Office in the Department of External Relations on 0116 257 7452 or by email at Please note that you are advised to book as early as possible as space is limited.  Parking will be available at our visitor car park and directions can be found at



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