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Dr Mark Jentsch PhD Dipl.-Ing. (FH)

Visiting Lecturer

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Dr Mark Jentsch is Visiting Lecturer within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Mark Jentsch has been trained as an architect and has gained particular expertise on issues related to the energy performance of buildings as well as daylighting and artificial lighting systems. He joined the Sustainable Energy Research Group in 2004 as a researcher on an EPSRC funded project dealing with improving buildings from both energy and comfort perspectives. His architecture degree was obtained in Germany at the University of Wismar where he also started his professional career as researcher on an EU-funded project. This project was looking at the development and architectural integration of light directing Holographic Optical Elements (HOE) for daylighting of deep buildings. This work is still ongoing with an HOE test facility which has been installed at the University of Southampton. His current research centres on the development of climate change adapted weather data in standard file formats for building performance simulation. Mark has developed two tools that permit end users to generate such data for the UK and worldwide locations. Data generated with these tools is used in his research for predicting the impacts of climate change on commercial buildings in the UK in order to assess their robustness for future climate conditions. This is being undertaken in conjunction with extensive environmental monitoring of existing buildings and building occupant surveys. The initial UK centred work has resulted in a British Council funded research project with partners in Malaysia, looking at climate change implications for buildings and their technical services in tropical and temperate climates. Further research is studying the integration of renewable energy systems into buildings, such as for example the added benefits of PV systems as a building material offsetting the need for a bespoke shading solution. Mark has taught undergraduates in the subject areas of lighting design, building services, architectural design as well as low energy architecture and its implementation into the built environment. Furthermore he has given lecture units for postgraduate students at the University of Bath and the KTH in Stockholm. He is member of the technical committee for the ‘Low Energy Architecture’ sessions of the ‘World Renewable Energy Congress XI’ to be held 2010 in Abu Dhabi. Mark is responsible for the design and maintenance of the Sustainable Energy Research Group’s website. Research interests include: - the development of climate change adapted weather data for building performance simulation, - studies on climate change implications for buildings and the urban environment, - improving the energy performance of buildings, - the architectural integration of renewable energy technologies into buildings, - sustainable architecture / advanced façade technologies, - building services engineering and user comfort, - architectural lighting.





Research interests

Architecture, Light, Renewable energy,

Research group

Energy and Climate Change

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Dr Mark Jentsch
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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