Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

natarajan-sukumar2

Contact details

Room: 4ES 5.22
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386358
Email: s.natarajan@bath.ac.uk

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PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Smart metering and occupant feedback
  • Occupant behaviour in buildings and how this affects energy use
  • Large scale (urban to national) bottom-up modelling of energy flows
  • Energy efficiency and use in buildings
  • Thermal comfort, overcooling and underheating

Dr Sukumar Natarajan

BArch, MPhil, PhD

Profile

Sukumar Natarajan is the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Decarbonisation of the Built Environment (dCarb)
. He is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn)
 with research interests that include: building energy modeling, energy behavior, smart meter interface design, impacts of climate change on buildings, occupant thermal comfort.

Sukumar graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Sushant School of Art and Architecture in India following which he read for his M.Phil. in Environmental Design at the Martin Centre in Cambridge. After a short period working for the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, Sukumar returned to academia to work on the Tyndall Centre funded "40% House" project at the University of Manchester where he obtained his Ph.D. on "Modelling energy use and carbon emissions from the UK domestic sector". Since then he has been involved in a number of projects on energy use in buildings and thermal comfort including the COPSE project (EPSRC, EP/F038135/1) as principal investigator looking at the thermal comfort implications of a warming climate.

Current projects include ENLITEN (EPSRC, EP/K002724/1) which will develop a low-cost intelligent home energy advisor to provide actionable prompts to households that they can use to save money and energy. This is a multi-disciplinary project with Computer Science, Psychology, Electrical Engineering, and the ECI at Oxford.

Research

Sukumar’s research focuses on how to design buildings that use as little energy as possible during their lifetime. A key question of interest is how big a role the occupant of a building plays in the creation and maintenance of a building’s low energy profile and how this could be optimised. This touches on issues of thermal comfort, occupant energy feedback, and innovative building physics. He also has a strong interest in modelling large scale building energy flows at community, regional and national scales. Much of his work is of an inter-disciplinary nature and he has been instrumental in bringing together techniques from computer science and psychology to these mainly engineering problems.

Teaching units

  • Building environment 1
  • Environmental design
  • AR503XX (MSc)
     

Publications

Book Sections

Natarajan, S., 2007. Future climate and domestic carbon emissions. In: Climate Change and the Built Environment. GRIC - Group of Construction Research and Information.

Levermore, G., Muneer, T., Page, J., Sanders, C., Chow, D., Natarajan, S., Parkinson, J., Colley, M., Hulme, M. and Watkins, R., 2006. External design data. In: Butcher, K., ed. Environmental Design. CIBSE, p. 47. (Guide A)

Wright, A. J. and Natarajan, S., 2003. Modelling future UK carbon dioxide emissions from domestic heating under climate change. In: Climate Change - Energy Awareness - Energy Efficiency: CIB WG 108 meeting, Györ, Hungary. , p. 6.

Articles

Vellei, M., Herrera, M., Fosas, D. and Natarajan, S., 2017. The influence of relative humidity on adaptive thermal comfort. Building and Environment, 124, pp. 171-185.

Mogles, N., Walker, I., Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Lee, J., Natarajan, S., Padget, J., Thomas, E., Lovett, T., Ren, G., Hyniewska, S., O'Neill, E., Hourizi, R. and Coley, D., 2017. Forthcoming. How smart do smart meters need to be? Building and Environment

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.

Vellei, M., Ramallo Gonzalez, A. P., Coley, D., Lee, J., Gabe-Thomas, E., Lovett, T. and Natarajan, S., 2017. Overheating in vulnerable and non-vulnerable households. Building Research and Information, 45 (1-2), pp. 102-118.

Lovett, T., Lee, J., Thomas, E., Natarajan, S., Brown, M., Padget, J. and Coley, D., 2016. Designing sensor sets for capturing energy events in buildings. Building and Environment, 110, pp. 11-22.

Vellei, M., Natarajan, S., Biri, B., Padget, J. and Walker, I., 2016. The effect of real-time context-aware feedback on occupants' heating behaviour and thermal adaptation. Energy and Buildings, 123, pp. 179-191.

Natarajan, S., Rodriguez, J. and Vellei, M., 2015. A field study of indoor thermal comfort in the subtropical highland climate of Bogota, Colombia. Journal of Building Engineering, 4, pp. 237-246.

Natarajan, S. and Moran, F., 2015. PV in Historic Dwellings: the potential to reduce domestic CO2 emissions. Journal of Building Engineering, 3.

Moran, F., Blight, T., Natarajan, S. and Shea, A., 2014. The use of Passive House Planning Package to reduce energy use and CO emissions in historic dwellings. Energy and Buildings, 75, pp. 216-227.

Chiang, T., Mevlevioglu, G., Natarajan, S., Padget, J. and Walker, I., 2014. Inducing [sub]conscious energy behaviour through visually displayed energy information:A case study in university accommodation. Energy and Buildings, 70, pp. 507-515.

Chiang, T., Natarajan, S. and Walker, I., 2012. A laboratory test of the efficacy of energy display interface design. Energy and Buildings, 55, pp. 471-480.

Moran, F., Natarajan, S. and Nikolopoulou, M.-H., 2012. Developing a database of energy use for historic dwellings in Bath, UK. Energy and Buildings, 55, pp. 218-226.

McGilligan, C., Natarajan, S. and Nikolopoulou, M., 2011. Adaptive Comfort Degree-Days: a metric to compare adaptive comfort standards and estimate changes in energy consumption for future UK climates. Energy and Buildings, 43 (10), pp. 2767-2778.

Natarajan, S., Padget, J. and Elliott, L., 2011. Modelling UK domestic energy and carbon emissions: an agent-based approach. Energy and Buildings, 43 (10), pp. 2602-2612.

McGilligan, C., Sunikka-Blank, M. and Natarajan, S., 2010. Subsidy as an agent to enhance the effectiveness of the energy performance certificate. Energy Policy, 38 (3), pp. 1272-1287.

Collins, L., Natarajan, S. and Levermore, G., 2010. Climate change and future energy consumption in UK housing stock. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 31 (1), pp. 75-90.

Natarajan, S. and Levermore, G. J., 2007. Domestic futures — Which way to a low-carbon housing stock? Energy Policy, 35 (11), pp. 5728-5736.

Natarajan, S. and Levermore, G. J., 2007. Predicting future UK housing stock and carbon emissions. Energy Policy, 35 (11), pp. 5719-5727.

Wright, A. J., Young, A. N. and Natarajan, S., 2005. Dwelling temperatures and comfort during the August 2003 heat wave. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 26 (4), pp. 285-300.

Reports/Papers

Lovett, T. R., Gabe-Thomas, E., Natarajan, S., Brown, M. and Padget, J. A., 2014. Designing sensor sets for capturing energy events in buildings. Working Paper.

Mevlevioglu, G., Natarajan, S. and Padget, J. A., 2014. Using semantic annotation in building databases to improve information and energy modelling: a use-case of UK domestic time-series data. Working Paper.

Levermore, G. J., Watkins, R., Cheung, H., Parkinson, J., Laycock, P., Natarajan, S., Nikolopoulou, M.-H., Mcgilligan, C., Muneer, T., Tham, Y. W., Underwood, C., Edge, J., Du, H., Sharples, S., Kang, J., Barclay, M. and Sanderson, M., 2012. Deriving and using future weather data for building design from UK climate change projections: an overview of the COPSE Project. University of Manchester.

King, D., Mcgilligan, C. and Natarajan, S., 2011. Thermal modelling, weather years and overheating. London Borough of Islington.

Boardman, B., Darby, S., Killip, G., Hinnells, M., Jardine, C. N., Palmer, J., Sinden, G., Lane, K., Layberry, R., Wright, A., Newborough, M., Natarajan, S. and Peacock, A., 2005. 40% House. Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

Conference or Workshop Items

Vellei, M., Zhang, M., Ben, L. and Natarajan, S., 2017. Effect of a moderately warm environment on salivary cortisol level. In: Healthy Buildings Europe 2017, 2017-07-02 - 2017-07-05.

Fosas, D., Albadra, D., Natarajan, S. and Coley, D., 2017. Forthcoming. Overheating and health risks in refugee shelters:assessment and relative importance of design parameters. In: Passive Low Energy Architecture, 2017-07-03 - 2017-07-05, Edinburgh.

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.

Vellei, M., Ramallo Gonzalez, A., Kaleli, D., Lee, J. and Natarajan, S., 2016. Forthcoming. Investigating the overheating risk in refurbished social housing.

Jain, N., Lala, C. R., Chopra, M., Ramallo-González, A. P. and Natarajan, S., 2015. Impacts of uncertainty in energy modelling widely used in aggressive energy efficiency regulations. In: 14th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, BS 2015, 2015-12-07 - 2015-12-09. International Building Performance Simulation Association, pp. 1344-1351.

Vellei, M., Natarajan, S., Biri, B., Padget, J. and Walker, I., 2015. The effect of real-time context-aware feedback on thermal comfort and heating energy use:A case study. In: 31th International PLEA Conference: ARCHITECTURE IN (R)EVOLUTION, 2015-09-09 - 2015-09-11.

Jain, N., Ramallo Gonzalez, A. and Natarajan, S., 2015. Understanding the Effect of Aggressive Energy Efficiency Regulation on an Unprepared Building Sector Using Uncertainty Analysis. In: Buildign Simulation International Conference BS2015, 2015-12-11.

Jain, N., Ramallo Gonzalez, A. and Natarajan, S., 2014. Effects of Aggressive Energy Efficiency Regulations on an Unprepared Building Sector using Uncertainty Analysis. In: Passive And Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), 2014-12-15 - 2014-12-18.

McCullen, N., Walker, I., Natarajan, S. and Padget, J., 2014. Smart meter roll-out strategy and its effect on energy savings at community level. In: Behave Energy Conference, 2014-09-03 - 2014-09-04, Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Walker, I., Chiang, T. and Natarajan, S., 2014. Laboratory and real-world tests of smart meter (In-Home Display) design interfaces.

Lovett, T., Gabe-Thomas, E., Natarajan, S., Brown, M. and Padget, J., 2014. Designing sensor sets for capturing energy events in buildings. In: 5th ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems, e-Energy 2014, 2014-06-11 - 2014-06-13. New York, U. S. A.: ACM, pp. 229-230.

Walker, I., Thomas, G. and Natarajan, S., 2013. Environmental attitudes and self-identity can influence perceptions of new appliances using renewable energy sources.

Lovett, T., Gabe-Thomas, E., Natarajan, S., O'neill, E. and Padget, J., 2013. 'Just enough' sensing to ENLITEN:A preliminary demonstration of sensing strategy for the 'ENergy LIteracy Through an intelligent home ENergy advisor' (ENLITEN) project. In: 4th ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems, e-Energy 2013, 2013-05-21 - 2013-05-24. New York: ACM, pp. 279-280.

Moran, F., Natarajan, S. and Shea, A., 2012. The use of Passive House Planning Package to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions in historic dwellings.

Chiang, T., Walker, I. and Natarajan, S., 2012. Linking Energy Information and Occupants: From Visually Displayed Energy Feedback to Occupant Behavior. In: BEhavE: Energy Efficiency & Behaviour, 2012-09-19 - 2012-09-20.

Moran, F. and Natarajan, S., 2012. Developing a Database of Energy Use of Historic Dwellings in Bath.

Chiang, T., Walker, I. and Natarajan, S., 2012. Presenting Energy Information: Display Design and Preferences.

Moran, F. and Natarajan, S., 2011. PV in Historic Dwellings: the potential to reduce domestic CO2 emis- sions.

Mcgilligan, C., Natarajan, S. and Nikolopoulou, M.-H., 2011. Use of Adaptive Comfort Degree-Days to compare energy savings from adaptive comfort standards for future UK climates. In: CIBSE Technical Symposium, 2011-09-05 - 2011-09-06. London: CIBSE.

Chiang, T., Walker, I. and Natarajan, S., 2011. The user-interface design of energy displays. In: Buildings Don't Use Energy, People Do?, 2011-06-27 - 2011-06-28.

Padget, J., Riat, H., Forchhammer, B., Warnier, M., Brazier, F. M. T. and Natarajan, S., 2011. An agent-based infrastructure for energy profile capture and management. In: 2011 International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, ICNSC 2011, 2011-04-11 - 2011-04-13.

Mcgilligan, C., Natarajan, S. and Nikolopoulou, M.-H., 2011. Comparison of energy savings achievable by adaptive comfort standards using the Adaptive Comfort Degree Day.

Padget, J., Riat, H., Warnier, M., Brazier, F. and Natarajan, S., 2010. An agent-based infrastructure for energy profile capture and management. In: Agent Technologies for Energy Systems (ATES 2010), 2010-05-11.

Natarajan, S., 2005. Climate change and cooling demand in future scenarios. In: 40% House Conference, 2005-01-01.

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