Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Dr Andy Shea

Contact details

Room: 6E 3.25
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386158

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Hygrothermal performance of Natural Fibre Insulation (NFI) materials
  • Retrofit applications for NFI & Cost-Effective Building Superinsulation Systems
  • Building energy performance evaluation and simulation including FEA of heat transfer effects in building components

Dr Andy Shea

BEng.(Hons), MPhil, EngD, DMS, FHEA, CEng. MCIBSE, MASHRAE.


Dr Andy Shea is a Senior Lecturer in Building Physics in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering.

Andy Shea joined the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering in December 2008, having previously held the positions of Research Engineer at the former BBSRC Silsoe Research Institute, Senior Researcher at Oxford University, and Research Assistant at the University of Sheffield. Additionally, Andy has many years’ experience in the construction industry, having worked as both engineering design consultant and contractor. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, and the Wind Engineering Society. Andy is a winner of CIBSE´s prestigious Leon Gaster Award and Napier Shaw Bronze Medal.  He is referee for a number of international journals.


Andy's main research interests and experience span a range of building environmental performance themes primarily the thermal performance of building materials, natural ventilation of buildings, lighting, and development of building energy simulation models. He has strong links to industry and works closely with designers and manufacturers engaged in the development of low-impact materials for use in construction. His research has been supported by a variety of funders including, EPSRC, TSB, and UK industry. Current and recent research EPSRC funded projects EP/N021479/1 FITS-LCD: Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage for Low-Carbon Dwellings and EP/J019917/1- Resolving uncertainty in the thermal performance of natural fibre insulation materials; TSB Project 450002 - Bath Campus Building Energy Performance Evaluation, as well as a range of industry and KTP-funded projects.

Teaching units

  • Building Environment III (AR30403)
  • Building Environment IV (AR40444)
  • Building Environmental Design Project (AR40415)
  • Design Studio 4.1 (AR30021)
  • Daylight & Shading (AR50347)
  • Natural Ventilation in Buildings (AR50349)
  • Thermal Performance of Facades (AR50351)
  • Thermal Analysis of Facades (AR50379)


Book Sections

Ansell, M., Ball, R., Maskell, D., Lawrence, R., Shea, A. and Walker, P., 2017. Green composites for the built environment. In: Green composites.2 ed. . (Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering)

Huang, P., Chang, W.-S., Shea, A., Ansell, M. P. and Lawrence, R. M. H., 2014. Non-homogeneous thermal properties of bamboo. In: Aicher, S., Reinhardt, H. W. and Garrecht, H., eds. Materials and Joints in Timber Structures. Springer, pp. 657-664. (RILEM Bookseries; 9)

Dimitriadou, E. and Shea, A., 2012. Experimental Assessment and Thermal Characterization of ETFE Foil. In: ATINER's Conference Paper Series. Athens Institute for Education and Research. (ATINER CONFERENCE PAPER SERIES; CON2012-0145)

Shea, A., Hoxey, R. P. and Levermore, G. J., 2002. The performance of a wind and stack driven ventilation device. In: Proceedings of the 5th UK Wind Engineering Society Conference. Hemel Hempstead: Anemos Associates.


Huang, P., Chang, W.-S., Ansell, M. P., Chew, Y. M. J. and Shea, A., 2017. Porosity estimation of Phyllostachys edulis (Moso bamboo) by computer tomography and back-scattered electron imaging. Wood Science and Technology, 51 (1), pp. 11-27.

Lawrence, R., Walker, P., Latif, E. and Shea, A., 2016. In situ assessment of the fabric and energy performance of five conventional and non-conventional wall systems using comparative coheating tests. Building and Environment, 109, pp. 68-81.

Huang, P., Zeidler, A., Chang, W.-S., Ansell, M. P., Chew, Y. M. J. and Shea, A., 2016. Specific heat capacity measurement of Phyllostachys edulis (Moso bamboo) by differential scanning calorimetry. Construction and Building Materials, 125, pp. 821-831.

Palumbo, M., Lacasta, A. M., Holcroft, N., Shea, A. and Walker, P., 2016. Determination of hygrothermal parameters of experimental and commercial bio-based insulation materials. Construction and Building Materials, 124, pp. 269-275.

Latif, E., Lawrence, R., Shea, A. and Walker, P., 2015. Moisture Buffer Potential of Experimental Wall Assemblies Incorporating Formulated Hemp-lime. Building and Environment, 93 (2), pp. 199-209.

Huang, P., Chang, W.-S., Ansell, M., Chew, J. and Shea, A., 2015. Density distribution profile for internodes and nodes of Phyllostachys edulis (Moso bamboo) by computer tomography scanning. Construction and Building Materials, 93, pp. 197-204.

Mcgregor, F., Heath, A., Shea, A. and Lawrence, M., 2014. The moisture buffering capacity of unfired clay masonry. Building and Environment, 82, pp. 599-607.

Barclay, M., Holcroft, N. and Shea, A., 2014. Methods to determine whole building hygrothermal performance of Hemp-lime buildings. Building and Environment, 80, 204 - 212.

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.

McGregor, F., Heath, A., Fodde, E. and Shea, A., 2014. Conditions affecting the moisture buffering measurement performed on compressed earth blocks. Building and Environment, 75, pp. 11-18.

Shea, A. D., Wall, K. and Walker, P., 2013. Evaluation of the thermal performance of an innovative prefabricated natural plant fibre building system. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 34 (4), pp. 369-380.

Nordby, A. S. and Shea, A. D., 2013. Building materials in the operational phase:Impacts of direct carbon exchanges and hygrothermal effects. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 17 (5), pp. 763-776.

Lawrence, M., Shea, A., Walker, P. and De Wilde, P., 2013. Hygrothermal performance of bio-based insulation materials. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials, 166 (4), pp. 257-263.

Shea, A., Lawrence, M. and Walker, P., 2012. Hygrothermal performance of an experimental hemp-lime building. Construction and Building Materials, 36, pp. 270-275.

Shea, A. D., Robertson, A. P., Levermore, G. J. and Rideout, N. M., 2010. Measurements of the performance of a wind-driven ventilation terminal. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Structures and Buildings, 163 (2), pp. 129-136.

Sharples, S. and Shea, A. D., 2000. Daylight transmission of atrium roofs under overcast and partly cloudy skies. Lighting Research and Technology, 32 (3), pp. 153-155.

Sharples, S. and Shea, A. D., 1999. Roof obstructions and daylight levels in atria: a model study under real skies. Lighting Research and Technology, 31 (4), pp. 181-185.

Conference or Workshop Items

Maskell, D., Thomson, A., Lawrence, R., Shea, A. and Walker, P., 2015. The impact of bio-aggregate addition on the hygrothermal properties of lime plasters. In: 15th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2015), 2015-08-10 - 2015-08-13, Univeristy of Manitoba.

Thomson, A., Maskell, D., Walker, P., Lemke, M., Shea, A. and Lawrence, R., 2015. Improving hygrothermal properties of clay. In: 15th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2015), 2015-08-10 - 2015-08-13, Univeristy of Manitoba.

Latif, E., Lawrence, M., Shea, A. and Walker, P., 2015. Moisture Buffer Potential of Wall Assemblies Incorporating Hemp-Lime. In: First International Conference on Bio-based Building Materials, 2015-06-22 - 2015-06-24, France.

Ramsden, J., Keeling, T., Shepherd, P., Shea, A. and Sharma, S., 2015. SmartBuildingAnalyser:A parametric early-stage analysis tool for multi-objective building design. In: CIBSE Technical Symposium, 2015-04-16 - 2015-04-17, UK.

Maskell, D., da Silva, C. F., Mower, K., Cheta, R., Dengel, A., Ball, R., Ansell, M., Walker, P. and Shea, A., 2015. Properties of bio-based insulation materials and their potential impact on indoor air quality.

Huang, P., Chang, W.-S., Ansell, M., Chew, J., Shea, A., Zeidler, A. and Pickering, S., 2014. Heat transfer simulation and experimental studies of bamboo in radial direction. In: World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) 2014, 2014-08-10 - 2014-08-14.

Beadle, K. and Shea, A., 2013. Post-occupancy evaluation of a mixed-use academic office building. In: Hakansson, A., Hojer, M., Howlett, R. J. and Jain, L. C., eds. International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2012, 2012-09-03 - 2012-09-05. Berlin: Springer, pp. 501-510. (Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies; 22)

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.

Shea, A., Beadle, K. and Walker, P., 2010. Dynamic simulation and full-scale testing of a pre-fabricated straw-bale house. In: International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2010), 2010-12-13 - 2010-12-14.

Hinnells, M., Layberry, L., Curtis, D. and Shea, A., 2008. Transforming UK non-residential buildings: achieving a 60% cut in CO2 emissions by 2050. In: IEECB Focus 2008: Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings Conference, 2008-04-10 - 2008-04-11.

Shea, A. D., Robertson, A. P., Aston, W. I. and Rideout, N. M., 2003. The performance of a roof-mounted natural ventilator. In: 11th International Conference on Wind Engineering (11th ICWE), 2003-06-02 - 2003-06-05.

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