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Dr Simon Tucker

Dr Simon Tucker

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Biography

I am interested in the environmental and ecological design and performance of buildings and the built environment, and in the associated methods, models and information used in design. I joined LJMU as Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design in 2015, with qualifications in architecture and engineering. I have developed and led masters and doctoral programmes in environmental architecture and sustainability at the University of East London and the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, and carried out funded research and design consultancy.

Specific research interests include;
• Design methods and tools for low energy / low carbon buildings
• User oriented building simulation
• The built environment and climate change
• Low environmental impact housing
• Performance of ecological building materials

I welcome enquiries for PhD research in these topics.

Degrees

2004, University of East London, United Kingdom, PhD
2001, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom, Diploma Psychoanalytical Psychology
1997, University of East London, United Kingdom, MSc Architecture: Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies,
1992, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom, B. Arch
1980, Lanchester Polytechnic, United Kingdom, BSc Combined Engineering Studies

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
Research Associate, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, 2012 - 2013
Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of the Environment, Centre for Alternative Technology, 2007 - 2012
Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Visual Arts, University of East London, 2002 - 2007

Publications

Highlighted publications

Bleil De Souza C, Tucker S. 2019. Special Issue on Building Performance Simulation and the User Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Volume 12 :243-245 DOI Author Url

De Souza C, Tucker SS. 2015. Thermal simulation software outputs: a conceptual data model of information presentation for building design decision-making Journal of Building Performance Simulation, DOI Author Url Public Url

Tucker SS, Bleil de Souza C. 2015. Thermal simulation outputs: exploring the concept of patterns in design decision-making Journal of Building Performance Simulation, DOI Author Url Public Url

Editorial/letter to the editor

Bleil De Souza C, Tucker S. 2019. Special Issue on Building Performance Simulation and the User Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Volume 12 :243-245 DOI Author Url

Conference publication

Tucker SS, Bleil de Souza C. 2016. Placing User Needs at the Centre of Building Performance Simulation: Transferring Knowledge from Human Computer Interaction Building Simulation & Optimization 2016 :44-51 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bleil de Souza C, Tucker SS. 2016. Placing user needs at the centre of building performance simulation tool development: Using ‘designer personas’ to assess existing BPS tools Building Simulation & Optimization 2016 :409-416 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bleil De Souza C, Tucker S. 2013. Thermal simulation software outputs: what do building designers propose? Building Simulation 2013 (BS2013): 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association :468-475 Author Url Public Url

Tucker S, Bleil De Souza C. 2013. Thermal simulation software outputs: patterns for decision making Building Simulation 2013 (BS2013): 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association :394-401 Author Url Public Url

Tucker S, Spittle B. 2013. Exploring the Whole Life Carbon Benefits of Insulation Materials in Housing Refurbishment SB13@Coventry: Sustainable Building & Construction Conference :294-304 Author Url Public Url

Brooks J, Tucker S. 2012. Key challenges and solutions to increasing energy efficiency through insulation of existing post-1930s blocks of flats in the private housing sector AC&T - Advances in Computing and Technology: 7th Annual Conference Author Url

Solomons N, Tucker S. 2012. The potential for interstitial condensation when retrofitting insulation to Victorian solid brick walls - a hygrothermal study AC&T - Advances in Computing and Technology: 7th Annual Conference Author Url

McInerney M, Tucker S. Renewable versus Non-Renewable Building Fabric: A comparative study of the effect of material choice on the embodied energy and global warming potential of low energy dwellings AC&T - Advances in Computing and Technology: 7th Annual Conference Author Url Publisher Url

Latif E, Rhydwen R, Pruteanu M, Wijeyesekera C, Tucker S, Ciupala MA, Newport D. Thermal Conductivity of Building Materials: An overview of its determination 6th Annual Conference on Advances in Computing and Technology (AC&T) Author Url

Rhydwen R, Tucker S, Butler A, Wijeyesekera C. An initial report into thermal performance of hemp lime wall sections in the WISE building at CAT 6th Annual Conference on Advances in Computing and Technology (AC&T) Author Url

Linsley-Hood D, Butler A, Jollins M, Littlewood J, Tucker S. The viability of small scale Biomass Combined Heat and Power for the UK - Initial findings from case study research 'Energy in the City' Conference Author Url

Latif E, Wijeyesekera DC, Newport D, Tucker S. Potential for research on hemp insulation in the UK construction sector 5th Annual Conference on Advances in Computing and Technology (AC&T) :143-150 Author Url

Tucker S. Integrating energy efficiency into building design using a simplified thermal assessment method AC&T - Advances in Computing and Technology, 2nd Annual Conference :233-237 Author Url Public Url

Heginbotham J, Tucker S. British Home-Grown Timber: An assessment of the viability of meeting all the timber requirements of the house-building industry from sustainably managed forests PLEA2005 - 22nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture 2 :891-896 Author Url

Tucker S. Some uses of a simplified thermal assessment method Raydan DK, Melki HK. PLEA2005 - 22nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture 2 :797-802 Author Url

Tucker S, Thompson M. Calibration of a Method of Assessing Passive Thermal Behaviour Steemers K, Yannas S. 17th PLEA - International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Author Url

Tucker S, Thompson MW. Outline of a Method for Assessing the Passive Solar Performance and Space Heating Energy Requirements of Houses in the UK 5th European Conference Solar Energy in Architecture and Urban Planning: Building a new Century :325-328 Author Url

Latif E, Tucker SS. Fibrous hemp insulation: An initial study of its thermal and hygric properties International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS): 17th Annual Conference

Journal article

Latif E, Ciupala MA, Newport DJ, Tucker S, Wijeyesekera DC, Pruteanu M. 2016. Quasi steady state and dynamic hygrothermal performance of fibrous Hemp and Stone Wool insulations: Two innovative laboratory based investigations Building and Environment, 95 :391-404 DOI Author Url Public Url

Latif E, Ciupala MA, Tucker SS, Wijeyesekera DC, Newport D. 2015. Hygrothermal performance of wood-hemp insulation in timber frame wall panels with and without a vapour barrier Building and Environment, 92 :122-134 DOI Author Url Public Url

De Souza C, Tucker SS. 2015. Thermal simulation software outputs: a conceptual data model of information presentation for building design decision-making Journal of Building Performance Simulation, DOI Author Url Public Url

Tucker SS, Bleil de Souza C. 2015. Thermal simulation outputs: exploring the concept of patterns in design decision-making Journal of Building Performance Simulation, DOI Author Url Public Url

Latif E, Tucker SS, Ciupala MA, Wijeyesekera DC, Newport D. 2014. Hygric properties of hemp bio-insulations with differing compositions Construction and Building Materials, 66 DOI Author Url Public Url

S�bester A, Forrester AIJ, Toal DJJ, Tresidder E, Tucker S. 2012. Engineering design applications of surrogate-assisted optimization techniques Optimization and Engineering, 15 :243-265 DOI Author Url

Tucker S, Gamage A, Wijeyesekera C. Some design aspects of sustainable post-disaster housing International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 5 :163-181 DOI Author Url

Bleil De Souza C, Tucker S. Thermal simulation software outputs: a framework to produce meaningful information for design decision-making Journal of Building Performance Simulation, DOI Author Url Public Url

Tucker SS, Latif E, Wijeyesekera DC. An experimental study of moisture buffering of bio-insulations in lofts Structural Survey, 32 DOI

Other

Butler T, Littlewood J, Tucker S. 2011. Investigating the potential benefits and risks for low to zero energy air sourced earth coupled cooling and heating systems Author Url

Beal D, Littlewood J, Tucker S. How can the Transition Movement help tenant/landlord relations in a small rural community? Author Url

Latif E, Tucker S. An investigation into the impact of adding an operable thermal insulation layer to an uninsulated metal roof in a free running building Author Url

Report

Tucker SS, Latif E. The functional performance of bio-based insulation products, Energy Efficient Bio-Based Natural Fibre Insulation

Tucker, S . Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings - Ellingham Primary School

Tucker SS. The Wates Conservation House and the Code for Sustainable Homes

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2019, Member of International Programme committee. 2019

Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2017, Member of International Programme committee. 2016

Building Simulation & Optimization 2016, Reviewer, http://www.ibpsa.org/?page_id=797. 2015

Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2016, Member of International Programme committee. 2015

Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2015, Member of International Programme committee. 2014

Science Symposium 2011, Centre for Alternative Technology, Chair. 2011

Science Symposium 2010, Centre for Alternative Technology, Chair. 2010

Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2011, Member of International Programme committee. 2010

Editorial boards:

Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Guest Editor: Special Issue on Building Performance Simulation and the User, http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/est/building-performance-simulation-and-the-user. 2017

Award:

2014-2015 Best Paper Award Bleil de Souza, C., & Tucker, S. (2015). Thermal simulation software outputs: a conceptual data model of information presentation for building design decision-making., Journal of Building Performance Simulation, doi:10.1080/19401493.2015.1030450. 2015

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2015

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

University of East London, PhD, HYGROTHERMAL PERFORMANCE OF HEMP BASED THERMAL INSULATION MATERIALS IN THE UK. 2013

Industrial connections:

3G Design, Blackburn, Consultant for PassivHaus design and sustainability strategy, http://www.3dgdesign.co.uk/3DG_Architects_Lancashire/House_1.html. 2012

SEED Homes, Presteigne, Consultancy for development of a low cost ecological house prototype, http://www.seedhomes.co.uk/. 2010

George + Tomos Penseiri, Machynlleth, Design team member for Future Works, Passivhaus Competition, Ebbw Vale., http://www.georgetomos.co.uk/portfolio/4/. 2009

External committees:

Welsh Institute for Research in Art and Design, Welsh Institute for Research in Art and Design, Representing Centre for Alternative Technology. 2011

Professional Doctorate Committee, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Member. 2009

Research Grants Awarded:

Technology Strategy Board, 'Design for Future Climate – Adapting buildings', Consultant to the award holders (ECD Architects, London)., Grant value (£): £8,400, Duration of research project: 2010-2012. 2010

Centre for Alternative Technology, Low Environmental Impact Housing Group, Grant value (£): 3500, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2009

Technology Strategy Board, 'Energy efficient bio-based natural fibre insulation', Bangor University, Plant Fibre Technology, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd, SciTech, Rachel Bevan Architects, University of East London, Hemcore, Natural Buildings Technologies, Wates Living Spaces, Grant value (£): £1.2M: £128K allocated to Work packages led by S. Tucker, Duration of research project: 3.5 years. 2008

Wates Living Spaces, The Wates House at CAT and the Code for Sustainable Homes, Grant value (£): 5500, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2008

Teaching qualification:

Applications of Learning Technologies. 2002

Other Professional Activity:

2010-date Passivhaus Institute: Certified Passivhaus Consultant.

Grant reviews for; AHRC; EPSRC.

Journal reviewer for; Construction and Building Materials; Structural Survey (International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation); International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment; Sustainable Buildings; Future Cities and Environment.

Liverpool John Moores University - Curriculum Enhancement Student Internship (2015). Title: 'On-line workshops for environmental design'. Development of blended learning materials for teaching environmental modelling methods for architectural design. Awarded £2912.

Liverpool John Moores University - Curriculum Enhancement Student Internship (2018). Title: 'On-line workshops; Environmental Design Strategies'. Development of blended learning materials for teaching environmental modelling methods for architectural design. Awarded £1863.