Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Dr Stephen Lo

Contact details

Room: 6E 2.15
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386941

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Adaptive building envelopes
  • Lifetime low-carbon façade solutions
  • Multi-functional façade layers
  • FIPV

Dr Stephen Lo

MSc, PhD


Dr Steve Lo is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Environmental Engineering.

His areas of teaching and research interest include; High performance adaptive building envelopes, building and façade integrated PV.

Dr Steve Lo gained an MSc in Energy Conservation and the Environment at the Cranfield University in 1985 and subsequent research at Cranfield on the long-term performance of passive solar energy systems led to the award of a PhD in 1990.

Dr Lo has wide industrial experience, having previously worked for the Environmental Section of the R&D department of Wimpey Homes and at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory of the UK Science and Engineering Research Council. He also has extensive experience in the design, installation and subsequent monitoring of thermosyphon solar water heating systems, roof-space solar energy collectors and thermosyphoning air panels and large-scale photovoltaic arrays.

He is the author of 28 conference papers, 11 journal publications and has made significant contributions to the chapter of a book on Advances in Solar Energy.

Dr Lo is currently the Director of Studies for the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Façade Engineering and is a member of the European Façade Network.


Grant activity:

  • KTP to:Develop an innovative, experimentally validated, analytical design tool, that optimizes low-velocity acoustic attenuation and screening solutions in low-carbon buildings for current and future climate scenarios. (£88,132) Funded
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO):Incentive Fund Open Access Journals, with Delft Technical University, Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, Lucerne University, Tecnalia and University of the Basque Country. (€120,600) Funded
  • FP7 collaboration with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to: Investigate intelligent wireless integration of adaptive selective vacuum glazing façade based performance layers with heating and ventilation systems. (€ TBC)

Teaching units

  • AR50161 Research methods
  • AR10003 Building Environment 1
  • AR20297 Environmental Design 2
  • AR50377 Glass & Glazing
  • AR50351 Thermal Performance of Facades
  • AR50347 Daylight and Shading
  • AR50349 Natural Ventilation in Buildings
  • AR50379 Thermal Analysis of facades
  • AR50348 Health comfort & productivity in Buildings
  • AR50350 RE Sources & low carbon techniques


Book Sections

Gates, P., Ibell, T., Darby, A., Evernden, M., Lo, S. N. G. and Kragh, M., 2012. Polymeric facades: advanced composites for retrofit. In: Fam, A. Z., Green, M. F. and Wight, R. G., eds. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures (ACMBS-VI 2012), Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 22-25 May 2011. Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), pp. 101-108.

Norton, B., Hobday, R. A. and Lo, S. N. G., 1992. Thermosyphoning Air Panels. In: Boer, K. W., ed. Advances in Solar Energy, vol 7.Vol. 7. Boulder, Colorado: American Solar Energy Society, pp. 495-571.


Henriksen, T., Lo, S. and Ulrich, K., 2016. The impact of a new mould system as part of a novel manufacturing process for complex geometry thin-walled GFRC. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12 (3), pp. 231-249.

Henriksen, T., Lo, S. and Knaack, U., 2015. An innovative approach to manufacture thin-walled glass fibre reinforced concrete for tomorrow's architectural buildings envelopes with complex geometries. Journal of Building Engineering, 4, pp. 189-199.

Henriksen, T., Lo, S. and Knaack, U., 2015. Advances in the application of thin-walled glass fiber reinforced concrete elements. Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, 4 (1).

Redpath, D. A. G., Lo, S. N. G. and Eames, P. C., 2010. Experimental investigation and optimisation study of a direct thermosyphon heat-pipe evacuated tube solar water heater subjected to a northern maritime climate. International Journal of Ambient Energy, 31 (2), pp. 91-100.

Redpath, D. A. G., Eames, P. C., Lo, S. N. G. and Griffiths, P. W., 2009. Experimental investigation of natural convection heat exchange within a physical model of the manifold chamber of a thermosyphon heat-pipe evacuated tube solar water heater. Solar Energy, 83 (7), pp. 988-997.

Shanks, K. B. P., Lo, S. N. and Norton, B., 2006. Appropriate energy efficient building envelope technologies for social housing in the Irish climate. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 21 (2), pp. 191-202.

Lo, S. N. G., Norton, B. and Mannis, A., 2001. Domestic energy use and air quality; a case study of the city of Belfast. Applied Energy, 68 (1), pp. 1-18.

Norton, B., Eames, P. C. and Lo, S. N. G., 2001. Alternative approaches to thermosyphon solar-energy water heater performance analysis and characterisation. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 5 (1), pp. 79-96.

Conference or Workshop Items

Lo, S., Henriksen, T., Henriksen, T. and Knaack, U., 2016. A new method to advance complex geometry thin-walled glass fibre reinforced concrete elements.

Albadra, D. and Lo, S., 2014. The potential for natural ventilation as viable passive cooling strategy in hot developing countries. In: Passive And Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), 2014-12-15 - 2014-12-18.

Nchelatebe Nkwetta, D., Smyth, M., Lo, S. N. and Deb Mondol, J., 2008. Short-term Performance Evaluation of a Novel 'Retro-fit' Heat Exchanger for Solar Water Heating Systems. In: The 2nd International Conference on Renewable Energies and Water Technologies (CIERTA 2008), 2008-10-01 - 2008-10-03.

Redpath, D. A. G., Griffiths, P. W., Heron, M. and Lo, S. N. G., 2008. Experimental Investigation of Fluid Flow Regime in Thermosyphon Heat-Pipe Evacuated Tube Solar Water Heaters. In: 25th Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2008) International Conference, 2008-10-22 - 2008-10-24.

Redpath, D., Lo, S. N. G. and Eames, P., 2006. An Experimental Investigation of Inclined Thermosyphon Fluid Flow within an Enclosed Irregular hexagonal Cavity with Heat Transfer via Pin-Fins. In: Proceedings of Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates, Conference of the Solar Energy Society, 2006-04-01.

Norton, B., Griffiths, P. W. and Lo, S. N. G., 2001. Towards a Renewable Energy Policy for Northern Ireland. In: Proceedings of the Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates, Conference C76 of the Solar Energy Society, 2001-09-01.

Norton, B. and Lo, S. N. G., 2000. Solar Thermal Applications. In: Second International Seminar on Renewable Energy Systems for Executives and Policy Makers, 2000-04-17 - 2000-04-18.

Lo, S. N. G. and Norton, B., 2000. Sustainable Passive Solar Schools. In: Passive Solar Schools - International Expertise in support of the First Elementary School of the Netherlands, 2000-03-03 - 2000-03-05.

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