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Dr David Glew
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Dr David Glew


School Of Built Environment, Engineering And Computing

0113 81 27623

About Dr David Glew

Dr Glew has managed multiple large and complex interdisciplinary research projects, worth over £3 million, aimed at informing energy policy, specifically domestic retrofit. He has published in multiple peer review publications, supervises doctoral students in the LSI and has been appointed to government advisory panels.

Research insights from Dr Glew's work include:

  • Insulating floors, rooms in roofs and improving air tightness in homes can each reduce heating demand by as much as solid wall insulation.
  • Novel thin insulation materials have lower moisture risk than conventional insulation products while still providing 80% of the energy savings for only 2/3rds the cost and also with lower risk of condensation.
  • Dissemination of ECO policy requirements are inappropriate, resulting sub-standard retrofits being delivered to 200,000 to 500,000 homes under ECO policy.
  • Energy price caps use flawed off peak demand estimates, causing higher bills for millions of vulnerable households.
  • ECO policy funding structure ignores the whole house approach meaning over 85% of homes receive only 1 intervention per retrofit.
  • EPCs, used for policy evaluation, contain errors meaning 19% of homes may be in the wrong A-G band.
  • End of life is often excluded from energy analyses, undervaluing the benefits of biomaterial products.
  • Low energy housing policy could increase overheating and discomfort if occupant behaviour is ignored.

Research Interests

Dr Glew is experienced in managing large and complex interdisciplinary projects that address energy demand through a variety of Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) tools, including field tests, in use monitoring and smart meter data, as well as investigate behaviour change, the use large data sets, and how hygrothermal and energy modelling can be used in predictions of future scenarios. His work has critiqued the design of energy policy, as well as identified pathways to minimising perforce gaps and unintended consequences and improve occupant health and wellbeing. David is also interested in Greenhouse Gas emissions and performing Life Cycle Assessments on products and processes. David has secured over £3 million of research funding for the LSI, since 2016, directly from industry and manufacturers as well as from Government Departments and Research Councils including ESRC and EPSRC.

Dr Glew is involved in policy development in the area of domestic energy efficiency; he has been appointed to Ofgem Technical Advisory Panels to assess new innovations, contributed to Government calls for evidence, Select Committee inquiries, All Party Parliamentary Groups and being a member of work streams for the Each Home Counts industry review of retrofits which has resulted in a new Quality Mark and PAS2035. He has also spent time seconded to BEIS where he worked on evaluating and designing research projects to inform policy teams and ministers. David has managed a series of other research projects and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with public bodies and industry ranging from investigating the thermal performance of local housing associations’ housing stock before and after an eco-renovation, to analysing and comparing energy efficiency between different supermarket stores.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (18)

Chapters (1)

  • Fylan F; Gorse CA; Glew D (2016) Switch, Don't Save. In: Dastbaz M; Gorse C Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design Selected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS). : Springer, pp. 73-94.

Reports (1)

  • Gorse CA; Glew D; Johnston D; Fylan F; Miles-Shenton D; Smith M; Brooke-Peat M; Farmer D; Stafford A; Fletcher M (2017) Core cities Green Deal monitoring project - Leeds. Department of Energy and Climate Change.
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