Professor Christopher Gorse, Professor of Construction and Project Management

Professor Christopher Gorse

Professor of Construction and Project Management

The building performance and sustainability research unit that Professor Gorse leads has amassed one of the most comprehensive sets of actual building thermal performance data in the UK. The work has informed government policy and regulation, is used extensively by industry and is now embedded in the work of the International Energy Agency's programme to inform whole building testing and performance measures.

The research team has extensive knowledge and expertise in whole building performance tests in the field and laboratories, hygrorothermal and thermal modelling, building simulation, elemental building component testing, energy and behaviour monitoring. Work extends across domestic and industrial developments, refurbishment and retrofit projects and looks at the impact and effectiveness of interventions and changes. The efficiencies of building fabric, services and renewable energy technologies are a major focus of the group's work.

The more extensive work of the Sustainability Institute includes energy, waste, business and social governance, information and communication technology, corporate social responsibility, planning, ecology, process management and project management all engaged in reducing negative impact on the natural environment.

Current Teaching

MPhil/ PhD / DEng in Building Performance, Sustainability, Construction Technology, Management, Refurbishment, Surveying, Themal Modelling, Energy Management, Waste Management and Recycling.

Research Interests

Professor Gorse leads a sub task group for the International Energy Agency, Annex 58, on whole scale building testing, working with over 30 international partners.

Work undertaken by the group that Professor Gorse leads has had direct impact on building regulations and government policy. Seminal pieces of work undertaken by the group that lead to the recognition of the performance gap and attention towards low energy housing include the Stamford Brook - funded by (CLG and partners) and Elmtree Mews (funded by Joseph Roundtree Foundation) and Temple Avenue (funded by Joseph Roundtree Foundation) http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/as/cebe/

More recently Professor Gorse lead a major contract project funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to undertake research on the Core Cities Green Deal Go Early project. The work involved the intensive and extensive monitoring and evaluation of buildings that are benefiting from Green Deal and Eco funding in the Leeds area.

Working in partnership with Leeds City Council, housing associations and designers involved in the retrofit and refurbishment projects, the intensive monitoring will examine the performance of buildings prior to their upgrade and the benefits gained following the improvements. The performance of the building fabric and services will be monitored through a full season, as well as exploring how people behave and respond to the improved buildings. The project spanned over two years, with early performance tests taking place in the winter of 2013.

The work involved intensive monitoring and testing of different types of properties in order to better understand the buildings' performance and behaviour as a result of the thermal upgrades. The degree to which the buildings improve and the benefits gained will be examined in detail.

Changes to the characteristics of the building, in terms of thermal and hygrothermal behaviour will be investigated. As well as using the detailed methods to intensively test unoccupied buildings, forensic building surveying methods will be used to gather information on the performance of a larger sample of buildings. The methods will be used to determine the consistency of the thermal upgrade and to record and further study aspects that are inconsistent and require more detailed enquiry. The work makes an important contribution to retrofit and refurbishment work linked to the Green Deal and Eco funds.

The total value of the project is £439,000 comprising: monitoring and testing led by Professor Chris Gorse with co-investigators Dr Anne Stafford taking a lead on the testing and in-use monitoring with the energy behaviour component of the project led by Dr Fiona Fylan.

Other work packages within the DECC Green Deal Trial include:

  • Field tests undertaken by Dominic Miles Shenton, David Farmer and David Johnston
  • Hygrothermal and thermal modelling undertaken by Matthew Peat
  • Forensic Building Surveying Melanie Smith
  • In-use energy monitoring Martin Fletcher

The group's field research into the energy performance of domestic  construction has changed the way dwellings are designed and built. Significant alterations to part L of the Building Regulation in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2013 have been a direct result of the findings from the group's field work. Recognising that the party wall had a heat loss of 0.5 W/m2K and subsequently revising the Building Regulations to accommodates this, delivers a conservative estimate of 1.4 million tonnes of carbon saving from the UK alone. Other heat loss mechanisms have also been identified by the group and are resulting in change across the industry.

The research that Professor Gorse overseas as Head of the Centre for the Built Environment is extensive with projects undertaken for the TSB, BRE, DECC, English Heritage, Saint Gobain, Knauf Insulation, R3 Products, Joseph Rountree Foundation, Yorkshire Energy Partnership, R3 Products and many other organisations.

Professor Christopher Gorse, Professor of Construction and Project Management

Ask Me About

  1. Sustainability
  2. Buildings
  3. Green

Selected Outputs

  • Smith M; Gorse C (2021) Building Surveyor's Pocket Book. Routledge.

  • Scott L; Dastbaz M; Gorse C eds. Scott L; Dastbaz M; Gorse C (2020) Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design: Selected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) 2019. Springer Nature.

  • Gorse C; Neilson C (2019) 35th Annual Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management : Working Papers. ARCOM University of Manchester.

  • eds. Gorse C; Neilson C (2019) Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Proceedings Of The 35th Annual Conference. Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

  • Gorse C; Johnston D; Pritchard M (2019) English- Chinese Dictionary of Construction Surveying and Civil Engineering. South China University of Technology Press.

  • Raiden A; Loosemore M; King A; Gorse C (2018) Social Value in Construction. Routledge.

  • (2017) Building Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction. Springer International Publishing.

  • Dastbaz M; Gorse C (2016) Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design Selected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS). Springer.

  • Emmitt S; Gorse CA (2014) Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings. John Wiley & Sons.

  • Emmitt S; Gorse CA (2014) Barry's Introduction to Construction of Buildings. John Wiley & Sons.

  • Gorse C; Johnston D; Pritchard M (2012) A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering.

  • Gorse C; Johnston D; Pritchard M (2012) A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering. Oxford University Press.

  • Gorse C; Highfield D (2009) Refurbishment and Upgrading of Buildings 2nd Edition. London: Spon Press Taylor and Francis.

  • Fryer B; Ellis R; Egbu C; Gorse CA (2004) The Practice of Construction Management People and Business Performance. Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Emmitt S; Gorse CA (2003) Construction Communication. Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Glew D; Fylan F; Farmer D; Miles-Shenton D; Parker J; Thomas F; Fletcher M; Hardy A; Shikder S; Brooke-Peat M (2021) Thin Internal Wall Insulation, Measuring Energy Performance Improvements in Dwellings using Thin Internal Wall Insulation. Summary Report - BEIS.

  • Johnston DK; Palmer J; Terry N; Miles-Shenton D; Gorse C; Pope P (2019) Cavity Party Walls: Measuring U-values.

  • Gorse C; Colantuono G; Hardy A (2019) Feasibility Study for Solar Power at the Haigh Hall Farm Development.

  • 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: Prepared for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

  • Gorse CA; Smith A; Smith K; Brannan A (2017) Compressive strength testing of Hahn Plastic Ltd biofilter leg components exposed to concentrated acid.

  • Erkoreka A; Gorse C; Fletcher M; Martin K (2016) EBC Annex 58 Reliable Building Energy Performance Characterisation based on full scale dynamic measurements.

  • Gorse CA; Fletcher M; Erkoreka A; Martin K; Sala JM (2015) Optimising test environment and test set up for characterizing actual thermal performance of building components and whole buildings.

  • Miles-Shenton D; Farmer D; Brooke-Peat M; Gorse C (2015) Party Wall Cavity Barrier Effective Edge Seal Testing for ARC Building Solutions Ltd.

  • Sutton R; Gorse CA; Miles- Shenton D; Bradley J; Thomas F; Bell M; Glew D; Wingfield J (2013) An exploration of data needs and explanatory power: Relationship between fabric and household energy use.

  • Gorse CA; Stafford A; Bell M (2012) Building Confidence: A Working Paper, Report no. 8.

  • Stafford A; Gorse C; Shao L (2011) The Retrofit Challenge: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings.

  • Gorse C; Parker J; Thomas F; Fletcher M; Ferrier G; Ryan N (2019) The Planning and Design of Buildings: Urban Heat Islands-Mitigation. . Springer, pp. 211-226.

  • Gorse C; Cozzens R; Scott L; Dickinson I (2019) Evaluating mixed modes of delivery for professional education. In: Higher Education in the Professions: Illustrations of Quality Practice in Teaching and Learning. Palgrave Macmillan., pp. 19-52.

  • Gorse CA; Sturges J; duwebi N; Bates M (2018) Reporting Corporate Sustainability: The Challenges of Organisational and Political Rhetoric. In: Smart Futures, Challenges of Urbanisation, and Social Sustainability. Springer,

  • Gorse CA; Fletcher M; Thomas F; Fylan F; Glew D; Farmer D (2018) Buildings that perform: thermal performance and comfort. In: Smart Futures, Challenges of Urbanisation, and Social Sustainability. Springer,

  • Gorse CA; Meulemans J; Alzetto F; Farmer D (2017) QUB/e: A Novel Transient Experimental Method for in situ measurements of the thermal performance of building fabrics. In: Dastbaz M; Moncaster A ed. Building Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 115-128.

  • Meulemans J; Alzetto F; Farmer D; Gorse C (2017) QUB/e: A Novel Transient Experimental Method for in situ Measurements of the Thermal Performance of Building Fabrics. In: Building Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction. Springer International Publishing, pp. 115-127.

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

  • Farmer D; Gorse CA; Miles-Shenton D; Brooke-Peat M; Cuttle C (2016) Off-the-Shelf Solutions to the Retrofit Challenge: Thermal Performance. In: Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design Selected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS). Springer, pp. 355-366.

  • Gorse CA; thomas F; Glew D; Miles-Shenton D (2016) Achieving sustainability in new build and retrofit: Building performance and life cycle analysis. In: Dastbaz M; Strange I; Selkowitz S ed. Building Sustainable Futures. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 183-208.

  • gorse; johnston; glew D; Fylan F; thomas F; Miles-Shenton D; fletcher M; Erkoreka A; stafford A; Johnston DK (2016) Monitoring and Measuring the Thermal Performance of Buildings. In: dastbaz M; strange I; selkowitz S ed. Building Sustainable Futures: Design and the Built Environment. Springer,

  • Gorse CA; Brooke-Peat M; Parker J; Thomas F (2016) Building Simulation and Models: Closing the Performance Gap. Dastbaz M; Strange I; Selkowits S ed. . Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 209-228.

  • Gorse C; Johnston D; Glew D; Fylan F; Thomas F; Shenton DM; Fletcher M; Erkoreka A; Stafford A (2016) Monitoring and Measuring Building Performance. In: Building Sustainable Futures. Springer International Publishing, pp. 35-61.

  • Gorse C (2009) Researching Interpersonal Communication in AEC Projects. In: Emmitt S; Matthijs P; Otter A ed. Architectural Management: International research and practice. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 55-71.

  • Egbu C; Gorse C (2002) Teamwork. In: Project Management Pathways. Grupo Editorial Norma,

  • Miles-Shenton D; Thomas F; Gorse C (2015) External walls partially filled with insulation, and the potential to "top-up" the residual cavity.

  • Emmitt S; Gorse C (In press) Communication in Construction Teams.

    https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203018798

  • Christensen A; Griffiths C; Hobbs M; Gorse G; Radley D (2021) Accuracy of buffers and self-drawn neighbourhoods in representing adolescent GPS measured activity spaces: An exploratory study. Health & Place, 69 pp. 102569-102569.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102569

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  • Gorse C; Scott L (2021) Editorial: International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) Conference 2018. Frontiers in Built Environment, 7 pp. 670559-670559.

    https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2021.670559

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  • 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

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107302

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  • Gorse C (2020) Building performance and measurement: its place within a variable climate. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 38 (1), pp. 1-2.

    https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-02-2020-111

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  • Hardy A; Glew D; Gorse C (2019) Assessing the equity and effectiveness of the GB energy price caps using smart meter data. Energy Policy, 127 pp. 179-185.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.11.050

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  • 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.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.12.010

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  • Colantuono G; Kor A; Pattinson C; Gorse C (2018) PV with multiple storage as function of geolocation to reduce peak demand. Solar Energy, 165 pp. 217-232.

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  • 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.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.01.053

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  • Farmer D; Gorse C; Swan W; Fitton R; Brooke-Peat M; Miles-Shenton D; Johnston D (2017) Measuring thermal performance in steady-state conditions at each stage of a full fabric retrofit to a solid wall dwelling. Energy and Buildings, 156 pp. 404-414.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.09.086

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  • Swan W; Fitton R; Gorse C; Farmer D; Benjaber M (2017) The staged retrofit of a solid wall property under controlled conditions. Energy and Buildings, 156 pp. 250-257.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.09.033

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  • Glew DW; Smith M; Miles-Shenton D; Gorse C (2017) Assessing the quality of retrofits in solid wall dwellings. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35 (5), pp. 501-518.

    https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-05-2017-0022

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  • Parker JM; Hardy A; Glew D; Gorse C (2017) A methodology for creating building energy model occupancy schedules using personal location metadata. Energy and Buildings, 150 pp. 211-223.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.06.014

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  • Gorse C; Sturges J (2017) Not what anyone wanted: Observations on regulations, standards, quality and experience in the wake of Grenfell. Construction Research and Innovation TCRI, 8 (3), pp. 72-75.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/20450249.2017.1368260

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  • 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.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/0143624416675389

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  • Glew D; Brooke-Peat M; Gorse C (2017) Modelling insulated coving's potential to reducing thermal bridging and moisture risk in solid wall dwellings retrofitted with external wall insulation. Journal of Building Engineering, 11 pp. 216-223.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2017.04.013

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  • 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.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2016.08.002

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  • Butt T; Jones K; Savic D; Gorse C; Hudson J; Paul P (2016) BUILT ENVIRONMENTS AND ‘DIRECT’ ENERGY CONSUMPTION – A CONCEPTUAL METHODOLOGY FRAMEWORK TO FACILITATE DELIVERY OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE ACT 2008. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal

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  • Gorse CA; Thomas F; Miles-Shenton D; Farmer D; Glew D; Johnston D (2016) Understanding Building Performance: Implications of heat loss and air permeability on building control. Zero Carbon Building

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  • Gorse CA (2015) Guest Editorial: The Sustainability Challenge: Measurement to reduce Global Emissions. Construction Innovation: information, process, management, 16 (1), pp. 2-10.

    https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-07-2015-0041

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  • 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.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.715

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  • Stafford A; Johnston D; Miles-Shenton D; Farmer D; Brooke-Peat M; Gorse C (2014) Adding Value and Meaning to Coheating Tests. Structural Survey, 32 (4), pp. 331-342.

    https://doi.org/10.1108/SS-01-2014-0007

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  • Gorse CA; Stafford A; Shao L (2012) The Retrofit Challenge: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings.

    http://www.lowcarbonfutures.org/

  • Gorse C; Sutton R; Johnston D; Miles-Shenton D (2011) Heat loss through the building fabric: Low carbon construction practice. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2011 - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, 2 pp. 1075-1084.

  • Gorse CA; Johnston D; Miles-Shenton D (2011) Low Carbon Housing in the UK: Analysis of Construction Practice. Architecture Science, 2011 (3), pp. 55-68.

  • Allen D; Hartley R; Whitehead P; Smith M; Dickinson I; Gorse C (2010) The potential for using interactive scenarios in the teaching and learning of health and safety. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference, pp. 291-300.

  • Gorse C; Emmitt S (2009) Informal Interaction in Construction Progress Meetings. Construction Management and Economics, 27 (10), pp. 983-993.

  • Gorse CA (2007) A comparative study of group interaction. CME 2007 Conference - Construction Management and Economics: 'Past, Present and Future', pp. 1787-1795.

  • Gorse CA; Emmitt S (2007) Communication behaviour during management and design team meetings: a comparison of group interaction. Construction Management and Economics, 25 (11), pp. 1197-1213.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/01446190701567413

  • Gorse CAAM (2007) Engaging students in group work. Assessment, Teaching & Learning Journal, (No.2. Summer 2007), pp. pp 14 -19.

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  • Gorse C; McKinney I; Shepherd A; Morley D; Ellis R (2006) Internal support mechanisms in groups and teams. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2006 - Procs 22nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 2 pp. 925-934.

  • Gorse C; McKinney I; Shepherd A; Whitehead P (2006) Meetings: Factors that affect group interaction and performance. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2006 - Procs 22nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 2 pp. 915-923.

  • Gorse CA; Ellis R; Hudson-Tyreman A (2005) Prospective delay analysis and adjudication. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2005 - Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference, 2 pp. 1133-1141.

  • Gorse CA; Emmitt S (2005) Group interaction research methods. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2005 - Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference, 1 pp. 13-22.

  • Gorse CA; Emmitt S (2003) Investigating interpersonal communication during construction progress meetings: challenges and opportunities. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 10 (4), pp. 234-244.

    https://doi.org/10.1108/09699980310489942