Dr Martin Fletcher
Martin is a Research Fellow with expertise in building performance evaluation. His research centres on the in-use monitoring of buildings to gain insight into energy use, thermal comfort and occupant behaviour.
Martin's background is in renewable energy and sustainable technology, gaining his MSc in Renewable Energy from Newcastle University before working with the Centre for the Green Knowledge Economy at Bournemouth University.
Since joining Leeds Beckett in 2012, Martin has led on several national and international projects investigating a broad range of building performance themes. This has included work with the International Energy Agency to develop building testing protocols and undertaking long and short term monitoring of building performance as part of multiple UK government funded research programmes.
In 2019 Martin spent a 12-month secondment as technical specialist in the built environment with the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In this role Martin provided expert guidance to policymakers and developed research tenders in support of national policy objectives.
- EngD Doctorate of Engineering
- MSc Architectural Technology & Design
- MSc Architectural Technology
- BSc Building Services Engineering
- BSc Building Surveying
Martin's current research focuses on building performance evaluation, thermal comfort and occupant behaviour.
This includes work with Leeds City Council monitoring energy use and occupant comfort in high-rise dwellings. This project will provide an evidence base to support the retrofit of existing heating systems in over 250 high-rise blocks, resulting in significant improvement to resident wellbeing and a reduction in local carbon emissions.
Martin completed his PhD in 2019. This research investigated thermal comfort in sport facilities and presented a range of novel improvements to aid understanding of occupant comfort during exercise.
Fletcher M; Glew D; Hardy A; Gorse C (2020) A modified approach to metabolic rate determination for thermal comfort prediction during high metabolic rate activities. Building and Environment, 185
Parker JM; Farmer D; Johnston D; Fletcher M; Thomas F; Gorse C; Stenlund S (2019) Measuring and modelling retrofit fabric performance in solid wall conjoined dwellings. Energy and Buildings, 185 pp. 49-65.
Hardy ALR; Glew D; Fletcher M; Gorse C (2018) Validating Solid Wall Insulation Retrofits with In-Use Data. Energy and Buildings, 165 pp. 200-205.
Fletcher MJ; Johnston DK; Glew D; Parker J (2017) An empirical evaluation of temporal overheating in an assisted living Passivhaus dwelling in the UK. Building and Environment, 121 pp. 106-118.
Parker JM; Glew DW; Fletcher M; Thomas F; Gorse C (2017) Accounting for refrigeration heat exchange in energy performance simulations of large food retail buildings. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology: an international journal, 38 (3), pp. 253-268.
Fylan F; Glew D; Smith M; Johnston D; Brooke-Peat M; Miles-Shenton D; Fletcher M; Aloise-Young P; Gorse C (2016) Reflections on retrofits: Overcoming barriers to energy efficiency among the fuel poor in the United Kingdom. Energy Research and Social Science, 21 pp. 190-198.
Fletcher M; Erkoreka A; Gorse C; Martin K; Sala JM (2015) Optimising Test Environment and Test Set Up for Characterizing Actual Thermal Performance of Building Components and Whole Buildings. Energy Procedia, 78 pp. 3264-3269.