Prof Christopher Gorse

Leeds Sustainability Institute

Speaking at: Yorkshire Roadshow - Sheffield - 12 November 2013

Christopher Gorse is a Professor of Construction and Project Management. He is also a Chartered Builder, with over 20 years industrial and academic experience in buildings, materials, management and construction law and has written extensively on the construction of domestic and industrial buildings, and the processes required to deliver them sustainably and successfully.  Chris’s research focuses on the aspirational targets of zero carbon and energy, plus buildings and the measurement of their actual performance v’s design expectations.  Chris sits on the Association for Researchers in Construction Management committee, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building Innovation and Research panel and leads a sub task group for the International Energy Agency.

Recently Chris has undertaken research and consultancy projects for the Building Research Establishment, Department of Energy and Climate Change, English Heritage, Low Carbon Futures and a number of leading industrial contractors and material suppliers. Projects have ranged from simple monitoring and laboratory tests to multidisciplinary international projects that draw on the knowledge of behavioural scientists, statisticians, building physicists and modelling experts. The European sub task group 2, which Chris leads for the International Energy Agency, Annex 58, is developing methodologies for whole building heat loss to determine and characterise building and element performance.  Christopher's contributions to leading publications include texts on the upgrading of buildings and the technology of domestic and commercial buildings.

As Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute and Head of the Low Carbon Sustainability Research Group CeBE, Chris leads a research unit that has amassed one of the most comprehensive sets of actual building thermal performance data in the UK.  The team has extensive knowledge and expertise in whole building performance, hygrothermal properties of building elements (modelled and constructed) and in-use building energy consumption.  Modelling and building simulation work has also been undertaken to understand the effects of moisture, seasonal change, solar and other environmental phenomena that affect a building's behaviour and performance.

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