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Dr Jim Parker
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Dr Jim Parker


School Of Built Environment, Engineering And Computing

0113 81 21976

About Dr Jim Parker

James specialises in building performance simulation modelling with a particular interest in natural ventilation and summer overheating. He is involved in a range of externally funded research and consultancy projects as well as supervising DEng and BSc students.

Dr James Parker is a Research Fellow in the Leeds Sustainability Institute. His doctoral research evaluated the environmental and financial performance of large scale retrofit in airport terminal buildings. This work used detailed calibrated dynamic thermal simulation models to analyse deep retrofit strategies and received a CIOB Digital Innovation Merit award in 2014. James is currently expanding this work to evaluate and analyse the performance of non-domestic facilities within the Leeds Metropolitan University Estate. His work with the Estates department is investigating overheating scenarios, energy and carbon performance and the role that dynamic thermal simulation can play in long-term facility management.

James has a BSc in Construction Management with first class honours, an MSc in Sustainable Architecture which was awarded with distinction and a wide range of construction industry experience, having been a company Director with organisations working in the sustainable architecture and regeneration sectors.

Research Interests

James is responsible for leading a number of externally funded projects including: a project examining and managing the energy performance of building stock owned and operated by a major UK retailer; a large scale solid-wall retrofit consortium project with major commercial partners aimed at reducing energy consumption and capital costs; and a project aimed at developing a blueprint for an innovative off-site manufactured, thermally efficient building system. He has also worked on various consultancy projects all of which have involved the detailed evaluation of building energy performance.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (5)

Conference contributions (1)

  • parker J; Fletcher M; Johnston DK (2016) Predicting future overheating in a Passivhaus dwelling using a calibrated dynamic thermal simulation models Leeds, UK. 01/01/0001 00:00:00.

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (6)

  • Parker JM; Farmer D; Fletcher M (2015) Calibrating whole house thermal models against a coheating test. In: System Simulation in Buildings 2014 Liege 10/12/2014 00:00:00. : Atelier des Presses, pp. P21 1-P21 19.
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  • Parker JM (2014) Predicting the energy performance impacts of a timetable linked building energy management system. In: Building Simulation and Optimisation 2014 University College London 23/06/2014 00:00:00. London: The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment, pp. .
  • Parker J; Oates M; Cropper P; Shao L (2012) Comparison of EPC, DEC and dynamic thermal simulation results at Birmingham Airport. In: First Building Simulation and Optimization Conference Loughborough, UK 10/09/2012 00:00:00. : International Building Performance Simulation Association, pp. 27-34.
  • Parker JM; Cropper P; Shao L (2012) A calibrated whole building simulation approach to assessing retrofit options for Birmingham Airport. In: First Building Simulation and Optimization Conference Loughborough 10/09/2012 00:00:00. : International Building Performance Simulation Association, pp. 49-56.
  • Parker JM; Cropper P; Shao L (2012) Retrofit of airport terminals: using building simulation to evaluate environmental and economic impacts. In: Retrofit 2012 Manchester 24/01/2012 00:00:00. : University of Salford, pp. .
  • Parker JM; Cropper P; Shao L (2011) Using building simulation to evaluate low carbon refurbishment options for airport buildings. In: Building Simulation 2011 Sydney 14/11/2011 00:00:00. : International Building Performance Simulation Association, pp. 554-561.
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