Professor of Energy and Buildings, Heriot-Watt University
I am a Professor of Energy and Buildings, leading the Urban Energy Research Group (UERG) at Heriot-Watt’s Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. An active researcher at Heriot-Watt since 2005, I have over 100 publications in the field of energy in buildings and worked on a number of research projects such as “Tarbase”, “Low Carbon Futures (LCF)”, “Adaptation and Resilience In Energy Systems (ARIES)”, "Community-scale Energy Demand Reduction in India (CEDRI)", ReFlexOrkney, and the £20M Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI).
I have carried out work, and provided advice, for Scottish and UK Government reports on low energy building policy, including DCLG’s 2007 “Report on carbon reductions in new non-domestic buildings”, DECC’s 2011 Housing Energy Factfile, Scottish Government Fuel Poverty Forum and a DECC "Mystery Shopper" review of the Green Deal. I have also served on the advisory group for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) team drafting Chapter 2 of CIBSE’s “Guide A” on Environmental Design.
The UK could experience its first large scale blackout in decades this winter, if gas shortages combine with particularly cold weather. Thats according to the governments reasonable worst case scenario, a warning which was...