Professor David Coley joins the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering

David Coley, Professor of Low Carbon Design, has recently joined the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. He will head up the EDEn (Engineering and Design of Environments) research group. The group is at the cutting edge of research in design sustainability, natural processes and renewable energy, and attracts international funding due to its strong reputation.

Professor Coley has moved to Bath from the University of Exeter, where he initiated a pioneering project aimed at producing a school which will have no energy bills at all.

The project is focused on building new premises for Montgomery Primary School, just outside Exeter. He started work on the school two and a half years ago, and it will be ready for the children to move in this November.

The design is based on PassivHaus theory; using a combination of excellent insulation and the body heat of the building’s occupiers to reduce the need for artificial heating.

Speaking about his appointment at Bath, Professor Coley said: "The department is consistently rated as top in the country and therefore I was keen to take the opportunity to carry out my research here.

"Previous projects that have been carried out here in Bath, including the development of BaleHaus and a Hemp House on campus, indicate the level of commitment to understanding, developing and demonstrating leading techniques in this field.

"I have also recently completed a project to build standard weather files for the UK so that we can predict weather changes up until 2080. This project will have an enormous impact on modern design - we can now determine whether the buildings we construct have the ability to cope with future weather conditions.

"When designing buildings such as the Montgomery School project it is essential that we are not just accounting for the environment today, but also for what it might be in 50 years time.

"As an institution, Bath has an outstanding reputation for research and teaching, and has attracted many of the best academics in architecture and design. I am really looking forward to settling into the community and the opportunities it will offer."

Professor Coley joined the University of Bath in September 2011. He studied physics at Surrey University where he also completed a doctorate in the subject.

Following his studies he took a role with a research group focusing on energy usage. The Iranian Revolution and resulting oil crisis had recently taken place and there was a political desire to minimise energy consumption.

Professor Coley has recently returned from an adventurous trip to Yosemite where he undertook the challenge of climbing a route called ‘Lurking Fear’. He is now busy settling in at Bath and welcoming the new intake of Freshers.

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