Kate Simpson

Kate Simpson

RA Construction Training and Innovation/ Academic Advocate Construction & Engineering

Kate Simpson

RA Construction Training and Innovation/ Academic Advocate Construction & Engineering
The Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds & University Centre, North Lindsey College
K.Simpson2@leeds.ac.uk

Biography

Currently focused on addressing the energy efficiency skills shortage within construction.

This work stems from findings of my Phd research titled ‘energy efficiency refurbishment to UK owner-occupied homes: The householders’ perspective'(Project W2LP14), in which householders’ sometimes struggled to find appropriately skills installers. More recently I supervised a student internship which explored the ‘installers’ perspective’ of domestic energy efficiency refurbishments.

During my PhD I undertook a twelve month internship with the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Here I worked on a number of qualitative and quantitative consultancy research projects focused on energy efficiency including smart metering and smart city development.

My MRes dissertation was focused on the indoor air quality (IAQ) of a Victorian School with a post-1968 extension . This study, supervised by Malcolm Cook, required me to collect CO2 and temperature data from the school. As a consequence of this research I gained an increased awareness to the health implications poor indoor air quality can entail. See project page W2LP6 for further details.

I first graduated with a BSc in Building Surveying from Leeds Metropolitan University (RICS accredited). I was initially interested in building fabric restoration and refurbishment. My objective was to build upon what I had learnt during my previous AVCE in ‘construction and the built environment’.

I completed the first year of my RICS APC whilst working as a trainee Building Surveyor within the building maintenance and development department of Gascoyne-Cecil Estates. This allowed me to gain industry experience of the planned and reactive maintenance in addition to the refurbishment of solid-wall dwellings. I chose to expand my knowledge of this area through my first dissertation titled ‘the issues relating to energy efficiency in traditional dwellings’ supervised by Malcolm Bell. This research entailed the application of a parametric model to calculate the energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of a traditional dwelling case study. It incorporated twelve phases of fabric and energy source improvements. Previously I worked for four years as a CAD Technician in Leeds, drawing domestic floor plans for estate agents and surveyors.

Public engagement activities have been another area of interest throughout my studies. I think it is really important to communicate energy demand research. Alongside other LoLo researchers, I have carried out a number of activities which aim to communicate our research in an accessible way. This has included stand-up comedy, busking about building energy engineering, hosting public workshops, co-hosting a stall in Einstein’s Garden at Green Man festival, assisting with a ‘Thermal Image Photobooth’, holding school assemblies, directing a short school play, eco-house tours and film making.

PhD Thesis

Energy efficiency refurbishment of UK owner-occupied homes: the householders’ perspective

Masters’ paper:

Simpson, K. (2011)”The indoor air quality of a Victorian school with a post-1968 extension”, Arup Conference: People and Buildings Conference for Masters Students, 23 September 2011. London

 

Projects

W2LP6 – The indoor air quality of a Victorian school with a post-1968 extension

W2LP6 – The indoor air quality of a Victorian school with a post-1968 extension

W2LP14 – Energy efficiency refurbishment in UK owner-occupied dwellings: The occupant’s perspective

Students