Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

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Room: 4ES 3.13
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PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Zero carbon design
  • Life cycle optimisation of building design
  • Climate change resilience of buildings and urban areas
  • The urban heat island

Tristan Kershaw

MPhys, CEng, PhD, FHEA


Tristan is a lecturer in climate resilience; his research is in the area of building physics, investigating the effects of climate change on the built environment, the origin and manipulation of the heat island effect, the adaptation building designs and increasing the resilience of the built environment to climatic change.

Tristan is a building physicist who specialises in the effects of climate change on the built environment. He received an MPhys in Physics in 2004 and completed a PhD in experimental low-temperature solid-state physics in 2008 (both from the University of Exeter).

After completing his PhD, he joined the Centre for Energy and the Environment at the University of Exeter as a research fellow in climate change adaptation. His research focused on the creation of future weather for building simulation, thermal modelling of different buildings and designing adaptation strategies looking at impacts on energy usage, comfort levels, human health and productivity under different projections of climate change.

Tristan received the CIBSE Napier Shaw Medal in 2012 for his part in the creation of probabilistic future weather years using the outputs of UKCP09 as part of the EPSRC-funded PROMETHEUS project.


For a building to be considered truly sustainable it has to be sustainable over its entire life cycle, not just for a few years after construction; however, optimising architecture and construction for a particular location and climate presents problems when we consider anthropogenic climate change. Thus far this particular aspect of sustainability has gone largely unexplored resulting in the construction of low carbon buildings, which may function in the short-term but fail in the longer-term. Tristan’s research is concerned with how we can improve our buildings to maintain performance over their whole life in the face of a changing climate and how we can adapt urban areas to become resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Current research projects include:

  • UMBRELLA: Business model innovation for high-performance buildings supported by whole life optimisation (EU FP7).


Book Sections

Kershaw, T. J., 2012. Characterising the response of buildings to climate change:The issue of overheating. In: Cities and the urgent challenges of climate change.Vol. 2. World Bank, pp. 382-394.


Herrera, M., Natarajan, S., Coley, D., Kershaw, T., Ramallo Gonzalez, A. P., Eames, M., Fosas, D. and Wood, M., 2017. A Review of Current and Future Weather Data for Building Simulation. Building Services Engineering Research & Technology, 38 (5), pp. 602-627.

Liu, C., Kershaw, T., Fosas, D., Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Natarajan, S. and Coley, D., 2017. High resolution mapping of overheating and mortality risk. Building and Environment, 122, pp. 1-14.

Gunawardena, K., Wells, M. and Kershaw, T., 2017. Utilising green and blue-space to mitigate urban heat island intensity. Science of the Total Environment, 584-585, pp. 1040-1055.

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.

Lash, D., Ward, S., Kershaw, T. J., Butler, D. and Eames, M., 2014. Robust rainwater harvesting:Probabilistic tank sizing for climate change adaptation. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 5 (4), pp. 526-539.

Kershaw, T. J. and Simm, S., 2014. Thoughts of a design team:Barriers to low carbon school design. Sustainable Cities and Society, 11, pp. 40-47.

Kershaw, T. J. and Lash, D., 2013. Investigating the productivity of office workers to quantify the effectiveness of climate change adaptation measures. Building and Environment, 69, pp. 35-43.

Futcher, J. A., Kershaw, T. J. and Mills, G., 2013. Urban form and function as building performance parameters. Building and Environment, 62, pp. 112-123.

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.

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.

Hubbard, S. B., Kershaw, T. J., Usher, A., Savchenko, A. K. and Shytov, A., 2011. Millikelvin de Haas–van Alphen and magnetotransport studies of graphite. Physical Review B, 83 (3), 035122.

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.

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.

Kershaw, T. J., Usher, A., Sachrajda, A. S., Gupta, J., Wasilewski, Z. R., Elliott, M., Ritchie, D. A. and Simmons, M. Y., 2007. Decay of long-lived quantum Hall induced currents in 2D electron systems. New Journal of Physics, 9 (71).

Conference or Workshop Items

Futcher, J. A. and Kershaw, T., 2016. Urban Form as an Energy Management Parameter. In: Integrated Design at 50: Building our Future, 2016-06-30 - 2016-07-01, University of Bath.

Gunawardena, K. and Kershaw, T., 2016. Green and Blue-space Significance to Urban Heat Island Mitigation. In: Integrated Design at 50: Building our Future, 2016-06-30 - 2016-07-01, University of Bath.


Kershaw, T. J., 2008. Millikelvin Magnetisation Studies of Low Dimensional Systems. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Exeter.

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