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Professor Patrick James BSc PhD CEng FCIBSE

Professor of Energy and Buildings

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Professor Patrick James is Professor of Energy and Buildings within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Patrick James is a Professor within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment.

His research is based on understanding energy use in the built environment whether this is at home, at work or at a broader urban scale. He is a specialist in micro-generation technologies including solar thermal, photo-voltaics, micro-wind and micro-CHP (see The Sustainable Energy Group website).

Thermal surveys

Current major research projects span Energy for Development (rural electrification in Africa), future urban environments (liveablecities) and household energy use (energy and community, intelligent agents, energy and census data).He is the Principle Investigator of APERIO, an EPSRC funded study looking into the use of cameras for facade management in non-domestic buildings.

He is the Director of Programmes for postgraduate taught energy, overseeing the (i) MSc Energy and Sustainability, and (ii) MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies programmes. He is an Associate Editor of the IET Renewable Power Generation Journal and an energy based research assessor for several national funding agencies.

He specialises in energy in the built environment, where he teaches modules related to (i) energy performance assessment, (ii) climate change and settlements, (iii) energy resources and (iv) bioclimatic design.

Liveable cities

He is a co-author of the CCWeatherGen and CCWorldWeatherGen software tools (see The Sustainable Energy Research Group's publications) used to morph building simulation weather files to incorporate climate change projections. He is the lead author of several major studies including the national micro-wind trial for the Energy Saving Trust (Location, location, location: domestic small-scale wind field trial report, (see publications) and an assessment of heat recovery from UK power stations for the ICE (Why waste heat?, 2009). He is also a co-author of a new CIBSE TM guide ‘TM53: 2013, Refurbishment of non-domestic buildings' published in September 2013.

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My work is at the interface of technology and people. This is across a range of scales from the dwelling, to the office, community and city. Some questions ...

  • How does the façade of a building deliver comfort to occupants? To what extent does giving users control of their space compromise a building's potential energy performance? 
  •  How can the provision of electricity can help transform lives and opportunities for Africa's rural communities. Can this be made economically sustainable?
  •  What might low carbon city living look like in the UK in 2050? What will people ‘accept' in terms of lifestyle and opportunities to travel.... What will our energy infrastructure have to deliver?
Reburbishment of buildings
Energy for Development in Kenya
Micro wind turbines

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Energy and Climate Change

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(E4D) Replication of Rural Decentralised off-grid Electricity Generation through Technology and Business Innovation

Community Based Inititatives in Energy Saving

SAVE: Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency

Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation - Intelligent Agents for Home Energy Management

(Liveable Cities)Transforming the Engineering of Cities to Deliver Societal and Planetary Wellbeing

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I lead the energymasters MSc programmes within the Faculty. My teaching interests span micro-generation and the built environment.

In particular, how can we create the spaces in which people will want to live and work which are truly sustainable.

Code Title Role
CENV6090  ENERGY RESOURCES AND ENGINEERING Lecturer
CENV6145  CLIMATIC DESIGN OF BUILDINGS AND CITIES Coordinator
CENV6147  CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY AND SETTLEMENTS Coordinator
CENV6148  ENERGY PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT OF BUILDINGS Coordinator

Professor Patrick James
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 7/5015

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