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 Expert  729323

Expert in Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings and Building Technologies

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

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Expert is an expert in the architectural design of low energy buildings, working with natural ventilation and daylight to achieve internal comfort in lieu of mechanical and electrical systems. His designs always start with passive climate control through the application of architectural science. In 2008 the Building Services Journal listed two of Expert's designs amongst the 30 most influential buildings worldwide of the last 30 years. Expert serves as Professor of Building Physics and in 2010 was author of a Royal Academy of Engineerings report which defined the field and role of building physics in sustainable building design.

illumination engineering


building ventilation


daylight testing


passive solar-energy system


solar climate control


solar lighting system


building design


indoor air quality


building chimney design


construction engineering


environmental design

Expert is an expert in the design of low energy, low carbon buildings. He has extensive experience in integrating both passive and active solutions for internal climate control, delivering buildings that set the benchmarks for energy efficient design. These include the Genzyme Centre, Boston MA, which is the largest LEED Platinum building in the world and the Innovate Green Office, Leeds UK, which holds the record for the highest BREEAM rating ever. The Institution of Civil Engineers has awarded Expert the Edmund Hambley Medal for creative design in the field of sustainability.

energy efficient building design


energy-efficient heating ventilating and air conditioning control


energy-efficient space heating


energy-efficient system


energy-efficient ventilation


energy-efficient water heating


building energy management


energy-efficient cogeneration


energy-efficient lighting system


energy-efficient district heating


energy-efficient solar water heating


energy-efficient waste heat recovery system

Expert is an expert in all forms of energy supply for buildings, including conventional and renewable energy systems. He is however a vocal and widely published critic of “eco-bling”; the use of inappropriate renewable systems to dress up conventional energy hungry building designs. He always approaches designs from the principle of avoiding energy consumption first, designing efficient systems and only then incorporating renewable energy. Expert has been awarded the James Watt Medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers for the best published work in the field of energy.

biomass energy system


biomass fuel




home wind energy


photovoltaic energy system


renewable energy system


renewable resource


solar space heating


solar thermal energy system


solar water heating

Expert is an expert in the design of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems for buildings. He has particular expertise in the design of low energy building services for challenging buildings such a historic refurbishments or those with specific environmental control requirements. Expert has been a consultant to the Royal Albert Hall since 2005 developing strategies for energy efficiency and refurbishment. He was also advisor to the British Library for the development of the environmental requirements for their centre for conservation, the first building in the world designed bespoke for book conservation. Expert is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers in the United Expertdom and a recognised leader in the education and development of building services engineers.

convection heating system


radiant surface space heating system


heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment


HVAC engineering


plenum system


building automation system


fluorescent lighting system


lighting system design


emergency lighting


indoor air pollution control


variable air volume system

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1990   BSc   Physics   Imperial College, London  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





I provide independent expertise in innovation and sustainability in the built environment. I help a wide variety of organisations including building owners, developers, architects and property managers, large and small, to benefit from low cost, low impact buildings and sustainable working practices.

2012 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)



Chief Science and Engineering Advisor


I advise the Expert's Firm on research strategy and opportunities in sustainable construction.

2008 to


(Undisclosed University)


Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering


Visiting Professor in Building Physics


I provide course development and teaching in low impact building design.

2002 to 2012


Expert Shaw Associates Ltd





I was the founder of this multi-award winning practice specialising in sustainable building design which is still going strong.

1998 to 2002


Buro Happold



Associate Director


I was responsible for a wide range of ground breaking buildings from the New Rolls Royce Factory to the Genzyme Centre in Boston.

Career Accomplishments:

Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers


Chartered Physicist, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist

Professional Appointments

Chief Science and Engineering Advisor at The Expert's Firm, Council Member at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Sustainable Futures Group, Built Environment Expert at Design Council CABE, Advisor to the Ove Arup Foundation, Technical Committee Chair for the World Renewable Energy Congress, Advisor to the Olympic Delivery Authority Sustainability Learning Legacy Programme, Member of South West Design Review, Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Validation Panel


Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Association of Consultancy and Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award, The Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal, The Institution of Civil Engineers James Watt Medal, The Institution of Civil Engineers Edmund Hambley Medal

Publications and Patents Summary

Has 2 patents, has authored 2 major policy reports and has over 30 published papers and articles in the field of low energy architecture and building services design. Is the author of a regular design masterclass series for the CIBSE Journal.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - The Royal Academy of Engineering  
 - Construction Research & Innovation  
 - Proceedings of Conference: Air Conditioning and the Low Carbon Cooling Challenge  
 - Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2007 to 2009   UN Development Program   Consultant   Responsible for developing designs and construction methods for a zero carbon building that could be delivered within the capability of the indigenous construction industry in the Balkans.
2012 to   Technology Strategy Board   Technical Expert   Supporting the TSB by providing expert evaluation of projects and funding bids relating to the built environment.
2012 to   Design Council CABE   Built Environment Expert   Supporting the Design Council programme of activities in the built environment, providing design review, client support and various expert services.
2012 to   The Expert's Firm   Chief Science and Engineering Advisor   Helping BRE identify research strategy and opportunities.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert was engaged by a technology start up to help them position their product in the market. Expert helped the company generate, interpret and present evidence of the product's benefits and guided them through the process of attaining certification for inclusion in the UK's Green Deal building refurbishment programme.
  • Expert was engaged by The Royal Academy of Engineering to research and author their report "Engineering a Low Carbon Built Environment". Expert has since been engaged to develop and manage a major survey and research to establish new directions for national policy and education to address the low carbon skills shortage.
  • Expert was engaged by London Transport to scope and author a set of standard specifications to be used in the procurement of new building services installations for their extensive office portfolio. The standards were tailored to focus on energy and resource efficiency and to encourage suppliers and contractors to adopt environmental best practice.
  • Expert developed a series of long term strategies for improving the building environments and infrastructure as part of a new masterplan for the British Museum in London. The focus was on working with the existing environments within the historic buildings and developing solutions that complemented these rather than compromising them.
  • Expert is provided strategic support and design advice for a major refurbishment programme at The Royal Albert Hall in London over a period of 6 years. The initial appointment was to undertake a review and appraisal of the existing building services infrastructure. The study identified shortcomings in the existing systems, impacts of future climate and energy market changes and proposed a range of solutions to reduce the Hall's operational costs with ongoing improvements in performance and function. Expert was subsequently retained to advise on a wide range of issues and his firm was appointed to carry out the design for a major renewal of the building services infrastructure.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert is regularly commissioned to evaluate building services installations for compliance with contractual requirements in the case of disputes. Expert has also provided expert assesment and reports for claims relating to the performance of building services contracts (however, to date claims have been dismissed or settled out of court).
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2008 to   Montenegro   Expert is the lead engineering designer for a zero carbon office building being built for the UNDP
2005 to 2007   Latvia   Expert was environmental consultant and concept designer for a major mixed use development in Riga
1999 to 2003   Masachusettes, USA   Expert was environmental advisor and concept designer for the Genzyme Centre in Boston, the largest LEED Platinum building in the world
2009 to   Russia   Expert has been invited to provide an infrequent lecture series on low energy and passive building design to the school of architecture at Kuban State University, Krasnodar.
2013 to   China   Expert has been appointed Visiting Professor at Chongqing University

Market Research:
Expert has 25 years experience in the construction industry and in that time has designed some of the most innovative and influential buildings worldwide. His work has always been at the cutting edge, testing the capabilities of the industry and technology in response to emerging drivers such as energy security, climate change and international policy objectives.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert is a regular speaker at national and international industry conferences and events in the low carbon construction sector. He is regularly invited to lecture at CPD events for Royal Institute of British Architects and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers in the UK. He has developed course materials and teaching methods for building physics and low energy architecture and delivers these at a range of universities throughout the UK.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert prepares design specifications and tenders contracts for building services engineering installations across a wide range of public and private sector construction projects. He has wide ranging experience in selecting appropriate suppliers of materials and technologies for inclusion in innovative construction projects. He is a regular assessor for government funded research and technology development contracts and is also a regular judge on industry awards in the construction sector.

Other Skills and Services

Expert is a recognised leader in education for the sustainable construction sector, advising the Ove Arup Foundation and the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as guiding the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and advising the Royal Institute of British Architects.


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