Keynote speaker: Rajan Rawal

Rajan Rawal is a CRDF Professor at CEPT University and Senior Advisor of “Centre for Advanced Studies in Building Science and Energy” (CARBSE) at CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF). His work revolves around the design, construction and operation of climate responsive built habitat, occupant comfort, energy standards, codes and policy.

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Ana Paula Melo

I am full professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Federal University of Santa Catarina. My area of expertise is building energy simulation and computational modelling for optimising design and operation of high-performance buildings. I am the president of the IBPSA BRASIL International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), and the advisor of the ASHARE Florianópolis Student Branch.

Jacques Laubscher

Jacques Laubscher is a practising Professional Architect, a Professor in Architecture and the current Head of the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design at the Tshwane University of Technology. Having lectured for more than 20 years at three South African Universities, he has extensively supervised postgraduate students in architectural design and technology. Jacques also formed part of research partnerships in the Netherlands, Italy and the UK. His current research includes the relationship between regulatory practices of the built environment and climate change in the Global South.

Jacques holds a PhD in Architecture (University of Pretoria), a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning (University of the Free State), an MBA in Education Management (Haaga-Helia University, Finland) and a Higher Education Teaching Certificate (Harvard).

Debate team

David Coley

David started his academic career as a nuclear physicist, but a growing interest in tackling climate change led him to building physics. He is currently Professor of Zero Carbon Design in the Dept of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. His research interests span the design of housing in refugee camps around the world, weather files for building simulation, and simple energy/carbon models targeted at architects.

Edward Murphy

Edward is the founder of Ollio, a leading building performance management and sustainability consultancy created to help clients make their new or existing buildings be the very best it can be.

A Chartered Building Services Engineer, a WELL AP and Scrum Master, his background is in the design, performance, wellness, and comfort of high-performing sustainable property in use. He was the lead design engineer for several innovative low-carbon buildings over his three decades of commercial consultancy practice. Over this time, he became an accomplished sustainability champion on ground-breaking and award-winning projects over the last decade, particularly for government-funded organisations.

His practice has been the winner of the award for Innovation at the Constructing and Excellence Awards Yorkshire and Humber. In 2021 the winning submission was for the groundbreaking use of Evolutionary Algorithms, to radically improve the decision-making processes derived from thermal modelling and simulation of a zero-energy luxury home in the countryside. He is a passionate believer in design backed by advanced analysis to enable passive, simpler user-friendly, zero that means zero solution-finding.

Edward is a member of the ASHRAE UK Midlands Board and is a judge for the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber and National Awards.