Stars of Building Science: voting ends on friday
Last call in our poll to find the cream from your list of leaders in sustainability
Report from – Jo Smit
It’s your last chance to register your choice in the Stars of Building Science poll as voting closes this Friday. After that date we will be counting the votes to see which of the 28 names on the longlist below will be admitted to our first virtual academy of excellence. The final results will be announced on 25 September.
Further details about the poll are given below.
How to vote: To cast your vote simply email your choice to: Building4change@bre.co.uk before midnight on 20 September.
Focus on six of the nominees
Reader in inclusive environmental engineering at the University of Reading, Dr Geoff Cook has spent more than 20 years researching ways to improve the built environment for the visually impaired. His interests include assessing the ability of visually impaired people to identify differences in chroma, hue and gloss in order to make building interiors more accessible. He sits on numerous panels and committees, including the General Needs Housing Committee, and is a member of the university's innovative and sustainable technologies research group.
Rajat Gupta (pictured top) is professor of sustainable architecture and climate change, and director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes University. He was instrumental in developing the world’s first global common carbon metric (CCM) for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative. The CCM protocol has been applied worldwide and is being developed into an ISO standard. In collaboration with industry, Gupta is lead academic on 20 Technology Strategy Board-funded projects. He has won national awards and honours, including the RIBA President’s award for outstanding research for his domestic energy carbon counting and carbon reduction model for analysing energy and carbon performance of groups of dwellings in towns and cities.
Kevin Lomas is professor of building simulation at Loughborough University, and Loughborough director of the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand. His practice-based research into the architectural design and post-occupancy performance of advanced naturally-ventilated buildings has included projects in the UK, China, the USA and Australia, with many winning architectural or engineering awards. Current research projects concern urban-scale energy use, and CO2 emissions and energy use in hospital buildings. Lomas has served on numerous advisory panels, presently including the EPSRC and the CIBSE Weather Data Task Force. He is a trustee of the National Energy Foundation and environmental design consultant for architect Short and Associates.
Neil May (pictured second down) is founder and managing director of Natural Building Technologies (NBT) and a leading light in the responsible retrofit movement. He is director of the Good Homes Alliance, which he founded and chaired until 2010, an honorary senior lecturer at UCL, director of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and project lead for the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance, which he helped form. He is also advisor to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and a member of working groups for the Zero Carbon Hub and the government in various capacities. He is currently working for DECC on a number of projects, including a guidance tool for the retrofit of solid wall buildings in the UK.
Fergus Nicol (pictured third down) is professor emeritus of architecture at Oxford Brookes University and deputy director of the low energy architecture research unit at London Metropolitan University. With a focus on thermal comfort and occupant behaviour in buildings, he has led a number of influential research projects on the subject. Nicol has written a host of articles and conference papers and has co-authored books including Adaptive thermal comfort: principles and practice, published last year. He is co-ordinator of the Network for Comfort and Energy use in Buildings.
Professor Li Shao (pictured bottom) is chair in sustainable technologies in the built environment, University of Reading. He has led a range of projects in sustainable energy technologies for buildings including the carbon vision building consortium project TARBASE, and an ARCC research project on the adaptation of UK buildings for future climate change. Current work includes co-investigation on an EPSRC / E.On project for user-responsive control of renewable and low energy systems in dwellings, and leading a consortium project on energy demand reduction in buildings as part of the RCUK TEDDI programme.
The full list of nominees:
- Bill Bordass, head of research and policy development, Usable Buildings Trust
- David Clark, global sustainability partner, Cundall
- Geoff Cook, reader in inclusive environmental engineering, University of Reading
- Susie Diamond, founding partner of Inkling
- John Doggart, chairman of the Sustainable Energy Academy
- Wolfgang Feist, head of Passivhaus Institute
- Rajat Gupta, professor of sustainable architecture and climate change and director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University
- Lisa Heschong, managing principal of the Heschong Mahone Group
- Christina Hopfe, lecturer in the School of Engineering, BRE Institute of Sustainable Engineering, Cardiff University
- Lubo Jankovic, professor of zero carbon design at Birmingham City University; director of Emission Zero R&D and InteSys
- David Jenkins, lecturer in the school of the built environment, Heriot-Watt University
- Doug King, head of Doug King Consulting; visiting professor of building physics at Bath University, Chongqing University and Russia's Kuban State University
- Paul Littlefair, principal lighting consultant, BRE
- Vivian Loftness, professor in the school of architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
- Kevin Lomas, professor of building simulation, Loughborough University
- Neil May, managing director, Natural Building Technologies (NBT); chairman of the Good Homes Alliance; director of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products
- Don McLean, founder and managing director, IES
- Fergus Nicol, professor emeritus of architecture at Oxford Brookes University; deputy director, low energy architecture research unit at London Metropolitan University
- Tadj Oreszczyn, professor of energy and environment and director of the UCL Energy Institute, University College London
- Sofie Pelsmakers, environmental architect, doctoral researcher and author
- Christoph Reinhart, leader of the Sustainable Design Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Peter Rumsey, chief technology officer at US-based Integral Group
- Kerstin Sailer, lecturer in complex buildings, University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture
- Stephen Selkowitz, head, building technologies department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Li Shao, chair in sustainable technologies in the built environment, University of Reading
- Peter Walker, head of department of architecture and civil engineering; director of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, University of Bath
- Craig White, founder of White Design and senior lecturer in the department of planning and architecture at the University of the West of England
- Runming Yao, professor in building and urban sustainability, University of Reading
What is the Stars of Building Science poll?
The poll gives you the chance to vote for your chosen Stars of Building Science. Your nominee may be an established name already familiar to many within the industry for their achievements, or may be a rising star making their mark in their chosen field. They may be working in a university or research organisation or a major multinational business; they may be a UK construction industry name, or perhaps even be innovating with a brand new technology in a start-up.
The competition is open to those involved in any aspect of the built environment and any discipline, in the UK or overseas. Our search is intended simply to recognise the achievements of all those who are promoting the very best in building science to improve the quality, sustainability and resilience of the built environment, and ultimately to make people’s lives better.
You can nominate more than one individual, but you cannot cast more than one vote for one individual. Voting for this final list of nominees will remain open until 20 September 2013. After that time we will announce our final list of the top scorers, who together will form a virtual academy of scientific excellence. If you want to see your choice on that final list, then make sure you vote today.