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Dr Simon Tucker

Dr Simon Tucker

Telephone: 0151 904 1154

Biography

I am interested in how buildings and the built environment can be better designed in response to environmental and sustainability criteria and in the methods, models and information that enable building designers to do this.
I joined LJMU as Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design in January 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 obtained funded research and design consultancies.

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

I have used a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods in interdisciplinary research, and welcome PhD supervision related to the environmental and ecological design and performance of buildings.

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

Publications

Highlighted publications

de Souza CB, Tucker S. 2016. Thermal simulation software outputs: a conceptual data model of information presentation for building design decision-making JOURNAL OF BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATION, 9 :227-254 >DOI >Link

Tucker S, de Souza CB. 2016. Thermal simulation outputs: exploring the concept of patterns in design decision-making JOURNAL OF BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATION, 9 :30-49 >DOI >Link

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

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 >Link

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 >Link

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 >Link

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 >Link

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 >Link

McInerney M, Tucker S. 2012. 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 >Link

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 >Link

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 >Link

Rhydwen R, Tucker S, Butler A, Wijeyesekera C. 2011. 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) >Link

Latif E, Rhydwen R, Pruteanu M, Wijeyesekera C, Tucker S, Ciupala MA, Newport D. 2011. Thermal Conductivity of Building Materials: An overview of its determination 6th Annual Conference on Advances in Computing and Technology (AC&T) >Link

Latif E, Wijeyesekera DC, Newport D, Tucker S. 2010. Potential for research on hemp insulation in the UK construction sector 5th Annual Conference on Advances in Computing and Technology (AC&T) :143-150 >Link

Linsley-Hood D, Butler A, Jollins M, Littlewood J, Tucker S. 2010. The viability of small scale Biomass Combined Heat and Power for the UK - Initial findings from case study research 'Energy in the City' Conference >Link

Tucker S. 2007. Integrating energy efficiency into building design using a simplified thermal assessment method AC&T - Advances in Computing and Technology, 2nd Annual Conference :233-237 >Link

Tucker S. 2005. 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 >Link

Heginbotham J, Tucker S. 2005. 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 >Link

Tucker S, Thompson M. 2000. Calibration of a Method of Assessing Passive Thermal Behaviour Steemers K, Yannas S. 17th PLEA - International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture >Link

Tucker S, Thompson MW. 1999. 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 >Link

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 Articles

Latif E, Tucker S, Ciupala MA, Wijeyesekera DC, Newport DJ, 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 >Link

de Souza CB, Tucker S. 2016. Thermal simulation software outputs: a conceptual data model of information presentation for building design decision-making JOURNAL OF BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATION, 9 :227-254 >DOI >Link

Tucker S, de Souza CB. 2016. Thermal simulation outputs: exploring the concept of patterns in design decision-making JOURNAL OF BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATION, 9 :30-49 >DOI >Link

Latif E, Ciupala MA, Tucker S, Wijeyesekera DC, Newport DJ. 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 >Link

de Souza CB, Tucker S. 2015. Thermal simulation software outputs: a framework to produce meaningful information for design decision-making JOURNAL OF BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATION, 8 :57-78 >DOI >Link

Latif E, Tucker S, Ciupala MA, Wijeyesekera DC, Newport D. 2014. Hygric properties of hemp bio-insulations with differing compositions CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 66 :702-711 >DOI >Link

Tucker S, Latif E, Wijeyesekera DC. 2014. An experimental study of moisture buffering of bio-insulations in lofts Structural Survey, 32 :434-448 >DOI

Tucker S, Gamage A, Wijeyesekera C. 2014. Some design aspects of sustainable post-disaster housing International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 5 :163-181 >DOI

Sobester A, Forrester AIJ, Toal DJJ, Tresidder E, Tucker S. 2014. Engineering design applications of surrogate-assisted optimization techniques OPTIMIZATION AND ENGINEERING, 15 :243-265 >DOI >Link

Reports

Tucker, S . 2012. Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings - Ellingham Primary School

Tucker SS, Latif E. 2012. The functional performance of bio-based insulation products, Energy Efficient Bio-Based Natural Fibre Insulation

Tucker SS. 2010. The Wates Conservation House and the Code for Sustainable Homes

Other

Beal D, Littlewood J, Tucker S. 2011. How can the Transition Movement help tenant/landlord relations in a small rural community? >Link

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 >Link

Latif E, Tucker S. 2010. An investigation into the impact of adding an operable thermal insulation layer to an uninsulated metal roof in a free running building >Link

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Award title: 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., Awarding body: Journal of Building Performance Simulation, URL: doi:10.1080/19401493.2015.1030450

Conference organisation:

Conference name: Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2011, Position: Member of International Programme committee, URL: http://seb11.sustainedenergy.org/

Conference name: Building Simulation & Optimization 2016, Position: Reviewer, URL: http://www.ibpsa.org/?page_id=797

Conference name: Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2017, Position: Member of International Programme committee, URL: http://seb-17.sustainedenergy.org/

Conference name: Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2016, Position: Member of International Programme committee, URL: http://seb-16.sustainedenergy.org/

Conference name: Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2015, Position: Member of International Programme committee, URL: http://seb15.sustainedenergy.org/

Conference name: Science Symposium 2010, Centre for Alternative Technology, Position: Chair

Conference name: Science Symposium 2011, Centre for Alternative Technology, Position: Chair

Editorial boards:

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

External committees:

Committee name: Welsh Institute for Research in Art and Design, Organisation: Welsh Institute for Research in Art and Design, Position: Representing Centre for Alternative Technology

Committee name: Professional Doctorate Committee, Organisation: University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Position: Member

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Name of University: University of East London, Award gained by the student: PhD, Thesis title: HYGROTHERMAL PERFORMANCE OF HEMP BASED THERMAL INSULATION MATERIALS IN THE UK

Industrial connections:

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

Company: 3G Design, Blackburn, Position or project: Consultant for PassivHaus design and sustainability strategy, URL: http://www.3dgdesign.co.uk/3DG_Architects_Lancashire/House_1.html

Company: SEED Homes, Presteigne, Position or project: Consultancy for development of a low cost ecological house prototype, URL: http://www.seedhomes.co.uk/

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: Grant reviews for; AHRC; EPSRC

Describe the Professional Activities: 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

Describe the Professional Activities: 2010-date Passivhaus Institute: Certified Passivhaus Consultant

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

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

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

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

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: Applications of Learning Technologies