Leeds Sustainability Institute

Building Fabric Performance



Build Process

New Build

Modern Methods of Construction


Under-Construction Testing

Post-Construction Testing

Forensic Performance Investigation

In-use Energy Consumption

Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Party Wall Bypass

Control Systems



Climate, Environment, Buildings & Energy


For all enquiries about undertaking Postgraduate Research with CeBE, please contact Anne Stafford:

Dr Anne Stafford
PG Research Co-ordinator
Centre for the Built Environment
Leeds Beckett University
City Campus
Leeds LS2 8AG

PhD students D.Eng students
Matthew Brooke-Peat, BSc (Hons) MSc CEnv MCIOB MCIAT LCGI Mark Burrows, BSc(Hons) MSc CEnv CEng CMVP FEI FLSI
Matthew Brooke-Peat Matthew is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, Chartered Builder and Chartered Environmentalist with a First Class Honours degree in Architectural Technology and an MSc in Sustainable Architecture. Since 1994, he has held positions in construction, architectural practice, academia and technical consultancy. During this time, he has designed and managed new-build, restoration, renovation, refurbishment and conversion projects across a wide range of building types. His current practice focuses on the development of technical solutions for architectural designs and Matthew specialises in the thermal modelling of junction details. He is actively involved with professional institutions at local and national level.

Working Thesis Title: Assessing the Impact of Thermal Bridging on Building Fabric Performance. Matthew’s PhD research is set within the context of the growing body of evidence for the existence of a thermal performance gap between designed and as-built building fabric. His thesis focuses on the thermal performance of junctions in the building fabric of dwelling houses. The work questions the assumption that the thermal bridging parameters entered into energy use and Carbon Dioxide emissions calculations for the design of a dwelling is achieved by the actual construction. Using case studies, the doctoral project applies a forensic assessment method to inform a comparative analysis between the designed and as-built thermal bridging. It is anticipated that the thesis will be submitted at the end of 2015.

Mark Burrows Energy Solutions Specialist, Siemens Industry UK & I

Mark is currently undertaking a D.Eng research degree in the field of industrial energy data analytics. His research centres on analysing and understanding the barriers to the uptake of energy data analytics, as a tool for energy reduction within industrial manufacturing businesses within the UK. Day to day, Mark is an energy management specialist with varied experience in the management and delivery of energy, carbon and wider sustainability services to both public, but mainly, large-scale industrial energy users. He leads on the conception, delivery and review of energy management services for Siemens. This includes the design, management and verification of energy performance contracts.

Mark is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Leeds Sustainability Institute, a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional.

David Farmer Ben Mosley
David Farmer David is a researcher for the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University. His research is primarily involved with assessing the energy performance of buildings; combining in situ fabric and services test methodologies, building forensics and data analysis techniques. His work has included building performance evaluation on new and existing dwellings, as well as in-use monitoring projects.

David is currently developing a methodology to characterise whole house heat loss using a dwelling’s heating system as part of his doctoral research. He has undertaken experimental work of houses in the field and at the University of Salford Energy House test facility.

Ben Mosley Ben is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University specialising in Audio Engineering and Acoustics. He is Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering course and teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate audio and acoustics modules. As an installation engineer he has designed and installed recording studios and music technology suites for a range of private sector and educational institutions across the UK. Ben also continues to work as a recording engineer and acoustician. He is a Member of the Audio Engineering Society an Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Ben is currently undertaking research for a DEng in the area of sustainable and green practice in the professional audio industries’ focussing on the use of sustainable and recycled materials for acoustic absorption and sound insulation in recording and broadcast studios.
Martin Fletcher Emeka Efe Osaji
Martin Fletcher Martin is a Research Assistant in the LSI. Prior to joining Leeds Beckett, Martin gained his Masters in Renewable Energy from Newcastle University and worked with the Centre for the Green Knowledge Economy at Bournemouth University. His current activity is wide ranging across the span of the LSI group’s activities, with particular focus on the in use monitoring of building energy consumption. Martin’s work within the group underpins his own independent research, and he is currently in the second year of a part time PhD researching the thermal comfort conditions within multi-purpose sports facilities. These facilities can be typically defined as a ‘one size fits all’ construction, with a wide range of users and usage, ranging from intense physical activity to functioning as an exam hall to stationary students. Each user group has certain requirements with regards to temperature, ventilation, lighting and a host of other activity-specific variables. Failure to adequately control the internal environment can have serious implications, affecting comfort levels, inhibiting sports activity and potentially compromising safety. Emeka Efe Osaji Emeka is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Chartered Scientist (CSci), Fellow of Forum for the Built Environment (FFB), Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Academician of Academy of Urbanism (AoU), and Fellow of Leeds Sustainability Institute.

Emeka is currently studying part-time for a D.Eng degree at Leeds Sustainability Institute, which involves the Assessment of UK Display Energy Certificate (DEC) Ratings and Advisory Report (AR) Recommendations.

Emeka’s D.Eng study investigates an important Energy Performance Certification research question: “Are DECs and ARs living up to expectations, and to what extent have AR recommendations helped improve DEC ratings?”

Melanie Smith, FRICS Karl Redmond, MSc
Melanie Smith Melanie is a Chartered Building Surveyor. She has worked in local authority and private practice, with specialisms of regulation, fire safety, and accessibility, and is now lecturer and researcher at Leeds Beckett University. Areas of interest are building surveying professional practice, thermal performance, and existing construction. She is progressing towards a PhD, studying surveying practice. Karl Redmond Karl has over 20 years of property experience ranging from estate rationalisation, finance, strategic/commercial planning and analysis. He is a Director of Bowman Riley Innovate and the UK BIM4SME and a core member of the BIM4Health groups, both are 'not for profit' arrangements. He is also a Fellow of the Leeds Sustainability Institute. Karl enjoys running, rowing, reading, golf and provides coaching classes for various children’s sporting activities.

Karl is engaged is various initiatives surrounding social infrastructure; BIM; IT; procurement; project management; specialist product design and manufacture licence; Off-site / modular build; facilities & estate management; commercial asset assessment & improvement programs; MMC; cloud based technologies strategic integrated business & estate planning.
    Josie Rothera
    Josie Rothera Josie joined Leeds Beckett University as a senior lecturer following 10 years working on construction sites for major contractors. She is a chartered civil engineer, and an associate of the Association of Project Managers. Josie’s DEng topic area stems from a personal interest that guided her decision to choose civil engineering as a career. Josie’s research will gather desktop and field-based case-studies to structure a framework of understanding as to what constitutes ‘value’ of products introduced in low socio-economic communities. Josie’s products of focus will be off grid solar products and her field-based trials will be carried out in The Gambia. Her area is linked with other current research in LSI around water, sanitation and social development.
    Stephen Wise
    Stephen Wise Stephen works for Knauf Insulation as Technical Development Manager, he has worked for the business for 13 years and held his current post for 6 years. His responsibilities include managing the Knauf's research portfolio in the UK and working on CEN and British Standards Committees on subjects including product standards and in-situ testing. He also has been heavily involved in the government's industry engagement process for the last 4 revisions of Part L. He was the chair of the Construction Products Association Technical Committee for several years standing down in 2014 and is currently chair of The Thermal Insulation Manufacturers and Suppliers Association. He has worked closely with Leeds Beckett University since 2009 notably on the development of solutions to Party Wall Bypass.

Since starting his D.Eng he doesn't have any spare time but if he did he would probably spend it working on the refurbishment of a 150 year old house in the Pennines and for pleasure he likes to walk in the hills.