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David Coley leads research into home energy efficiency.
Professor David Coley
David Coley is Professor of Low Carbon Design and head of the Energy and the Design of Environments research centre. His research focuses on minimising the energy use of buildings through a process of physical design and an understanding of occupant behaviour. He is also interested in citywide energy modelling.
David Coley received a BSc in Physics in 1985 and a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics in 1989 (both from Surrey University). During this time he also worked briefly for the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He joined the Centre for Energy and the Environment at Exeter University in 1998, where he worked until joining Bath as Professor of Low Carbon Design in 2011. Whilst at Exeter, his main interests were in low energy design (including Passivhaus), renewables, estimating the impact of climate change on the built environment and evolutionary computation. He was also a founding member of a London based hedge fund.
David's main research interests are finding out why buildings use energy, how little they could use and where this energy might come from. In essence, this means teasing out whether the issue for the mass production of low carbon buildings is the building or the occupant.
He is a committee member of various national bodies on the built environment and on the editorial board of three journals.
Alongside academic papers and reports for Government, David has written books on energy and climate change, genetic algorithms and rock climbing.
Interested in supervising students studying:
- Energy use in buildings
- Low energy/carbon design
- Climate change
- Post occupancy evaluation of buildings
Coley, D., 2008. Energy and Climate Change:Creating a Sustainable Future. Wiley-Blackwell.
Coley, D., Winter, M. and Howard, M., 2013. National and international food distribution:do food miles really matter? 499 David Coley, Michael Winter and Mark Howard. In: Tirwari, B. K., Norton, T. and Holden, N. M., eds. Sustainable Food Processing. Chichester, U. K.: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 499-520.
Coley, D., 2012. Energy efficiency: Alternative routes to mitigation. In: Booth, C., Hammond, F. N., Lamond, J. and Proverbs, D. G., eds. Solutions for Climate Change Challenges in the Built Environment. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 153-162.
Coley, D., 2012. Mitigation via renewables. In: Booth, C. A., Hammond, F. N., Lamond, J. E. and Proverbs, D. G., eds. Solutions to Climate Change Challenges in the Built Environment. Oxford, U. K.: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 303-320.
Kershaw, T. and Coley, D., 2016. Dissonance in Building Services Guidance:Implications for Energy Consumption. Sustainable Cities and Society, 26, pp. 99-107.
Liu, C., Kershaw, T., Eames, M. E. and Coley, D. A., 2016. Future probabilistic hot summer years for overheating risk assessments. Building and Environment, 105, pp. 56-68.
Williams, J., Mitchell, R., Raicic, V., Vellei, M., Mustard, G., Wismayer, A., Yin, X., Davey, S., Shakil, M., Yang, Y., Parkin, A. and Coley, D., 2016. Less is more:a review of low energy standards and the urgent need for an international universal zero energy standard. Journal of Building Engineering, 6, pp. 65-74.
Liu, C. and Coley, D., 2015. Overheating risk of UK dwellings under a changing climate. Energy Procedia, 78, pp. 2796-2801.
Ramallo Gonzalez, A. P., Blight, T. S. and Coley, D. A., 2015. New optimisation methodology to uncover robust low energy designs that accounts for occupant behaviour or other unknowns. Journal of Building Engineering, 2, 59 - 68.
Weng, Z., Ramallo Gonzalez, A. P. and Coley, D. A., 2015. The practical optimisation of complex architectural forms. Building SImulation: An international Journal, 8 (3), pp. 307-322.
Fox, M., Coley, D., Goodhew, S. and De Wilde, P., 2015. Time-lapse thermography for building defect detection. Energy and Buildings, 92, pp. 95-106.
Fox, M., Coley, D., Goodhew, S. and De Wilde, P., 2014. Thermography methodologies for detecting energy related building defects. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 40, pp. 296-310.
Ramallo Gonzalez, A. and Coley, D., 2014. Using self-adaptive optimisation methods to perform sequential optimisation for low-energy building design. Energy and Buildings, 81, pp. 18-29.
Blight, T. S. and Coley, D. A., 2013. Sensitivity analysis of the effect of occupant behaviour on the energy consumption of passive house dwellings. Energy and Buildings, 66, pp. 183-192.
Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Eames, M.E. and Coley, D.A., 2013. Lumped parameter models for building thermal modelling:An analytic approach to simplifying complex multi-layered constructions. Energy and Buildings, 60, pp. 174-184.
Eames, M., Kershaw, T. J. and Coley, D., 2012. A comparison of future weather created from morphed observed weather and created by a weather generator. Building and Environment, 56, pp. 252-264.
Coley, D., Kershaw, T. J. and Eames, M., 2012. A comparison of structural and behavioural adaptations to future proofing buildings against higher temperatures. Building and Environment, 55, pp. 159-166.
De Wilde, P. and Coley, D., 2012. Editorial article: The Implications of a Changing Climate for Buildings. Building and Environment, 56, pp. 1-7.
Eames, M., Kershaw, T. J. and Coley, D., 2012. The appropriate spatial resolution of future weather files for building simulation. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 5 (6), pp. 347-358.
Kershaw, T. J., Eames, M. and Coley, D., 2011. Assessing the risk of climate change for buildings:A comparison between multi-year and probabilistic reference year simulations. Building and Environment, 46 (6), pp. 1303-1308.
Eames, M., Kershaw, T. J. and Coley, D., 2011. On the creation of future probabilistic design weather years from UKCP09. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 32 (2), pp. 127-142.
Eames, M., Kershaw, T. J. and Coley, D., 2011. The creation of wind speed and direction data for the use in probabilistic future weather files. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 32 (2), pp. 143-158.
Morton, T. A., Bretschneider, P., Coley, D. A. and Kershaw, T. J., 2011. Building a better future: An exploration of beliefs about climate change and perceived need for adaptation within the building industry. Building and Environment, 46 (5), pp. 1151-1158.
Simm, S. and Coley, D., 2011. The relationship between wall reflectance and daylight factor in real rooms. Architectural Science Review, 54 (4), pp. 329-334.
Morey, S., Coley, D. A. and Kershaw, T. J., 2010. Accessing the thermal mass above suspended ceilings via a perimeter gap:A CFD study of naturally ventilated spaces. International Journal of Ventilation, 9 (2), pp. 163-175.
Kershaw, T. J., Sanderson, M., Coley, D. and Eames, M., 2010. Estimation of the urban heat island for UK climate change projections. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 31 (3), pp. 251-263.
Coley, D. and Kershaw, T. J., 2010. Changes in internal temperatures within the built environment as a response to a changing climate. Building and Environment, 45 (1), pp. 89-93.
Kershaw, T. J., Eames, M. and Coley, D. A., 2010. Comparison of multi-year and reference year building simulations. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 31 (4), pp. 357-369.
Coley, D. A., Hunt, S. and Mitchell, A., 2009. Acoustics in schools: Explaining the options to architects by the use of approximate formulae and graphs, with a special emphasis on dining spaces. Indoor and Built Environment, 18 (6), pp. 505-513.
Coley, D. A., Howard, M. and Winter, M., 2009. Local food, food miles and carbon emissions: A comparison of farm shop and mass distribution approaches. Food Policy, 34 (2), pp. 150-155.
Conference or Workshop Items
Weng, Z., Ramallo Gonzalez, A. and Coley, D., 2016. Forthcoming. A Review of the E-learning Resources on Building Physics for Architects. In: 6th International Building Physics Conference, 2015-06-14 - 2015-06-17.
Fosas de Pando, D., Natarajan, S., Coley, D., Ramallo Gonzalez, A. and Fosas de Pando, M., 2016. Influence of overheating criteria in the appraisal of building fabric performance. NCEUB 2016, pp. 1078-1098.
Herrera Fernandez, A. M., Eames, M., Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Liu, C. and Coley, D., 2016. Quantile regression ensemble for summer temperatures time series and its impact on built environment studies. In: International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, 2016-07-10 - 2016-07-14, École nationale supérieure d'électronique, d'électrotechnique, d'informatique, d'hydraulique et des télécommunications.
Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Brown, M. and Coley, D., 2015. Forthcoming. Identifying the Ideal Topology of Simple Models Used to Represent Dwellings. In: Buildign Simulation International Conference BS2015, 2015-12-11.
Liu, C. and Coley, D., 2015. Spatial variations in overheating risk of dwellings under a changing climate:a case study of Sheffield, UK. In: 14th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, BS 2015, 2015-12-07 - 2015-12-09. International Building Performance Simulation Association, pp. 1024-1031.
Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Brown, M. and Coley, D., 2014. Inverse Modelling As an Accurate and Computationally Cheap Energy Assessment Tool. In: ASHRAE / IBPSA 2014, 2014-09-10 - 2014-09-12, USA.
Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Brown, M. and Coley, D., 2013. Using HPC to create an intelligent entity capable of recognising building energy performance by capturing basic thermal information. In: HPC Symposium 2013, 2013-06-04, Lecture Theatre 4 West 1.2, University of Bath.
Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Eames, M. and Coley, D., 2012. Lumped Parameter Models for Building Thermal Modelling: An Analytic approach to simplifying complex multi-layered constructions. In: 2nd International Conference on Building Energy and Environment, 2012-08-01 - 2012-08-04, USA.
Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Blight, T. and Coley, D., 2012. Robust low-energy design that accounts for occupant behaviour. In: 1st International Conference in Building Sustainability Assessment, 2012-05-23 - 2012-05-25, Portugal.
Coley, D., 2015. Climate change means we can’t keep living (and working) in glass houses. The Conversation