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Professor Chris Gorse


Professor Chris Gorse
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Professor Chris Gorse

Professor of Construction and Project Management

School Of Built Environment, Engineering And Computing

0113 81 21941 C.Gorse@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Professor Chris Gorse

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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (28)

Books (7)

  • Dastbaz M; Gorse C; Moncaster A (2017) Building information modelling, building performance, design and smart construction. . .
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50346-2
  • 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 Introduction to Construction of Buildings. . John Wiley & Sons.
  • Emmitt S; Gorse CA (2014) Barry's Advanced 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.

Chapters (13)

  • 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, pp. .
  • 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, pp. .
  • 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 Building Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 115-128.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50346-2
  • 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. : , pp. 115-127.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50346-2_9
  • 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.
  • 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; Brooke-Peat M; Parker J; Thomas F (2016) Building Simulation and Models: Closing the Performance Gap. In: Dastbaz M; Strange I; Selkowits S . Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 209-228.
  • 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 Building Sustainable Futures. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 183-208.
  • Gorse CA; Smith M; Johnston D; Glew D; Thomas F; Miles-Shenton D; Farmer D (2016) Surveying and Measuring the Thermal Properties of Buildings. In: Dastbaz M; Strange I; Selkowitz S Building Sustainable Futures. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 15-34.
  • 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 Building Sustainable Futures: Design and the Built Environment. : Springer, pp. .
  • Gorse C; Johnston D; Glew D; Fylan F; Thomas F; Shenton DM; Fletcher M; Erkoreka A; Stafford A (2015) Monitoring and measuring building performance. In: Building Sustainable Futures: Design and the Built Environment. : , pp. 35-61.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-19348-9_3
  • Gorse C (2009) Researching Interpersonal Communication in AEC Projects. In: Emmitt S; Matthijs P; Otter A 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, pp. .

Reports (3)

  • Gorse CA (2015) Evidence report Quality of New Build Housing in England, All Party Group for Excellence in the Built Environment, Inquiry into the Quality of New Build Housing in England, Fourth Evidence-giving Session, Monday 14th December, House of Commons. . Presented at House of Commons: All Party Group for Excellence in the Built Environment, Inquiry into the Quality of New Build Housing in England.
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  • Gorse CA; Stafford A; Bell M (2012) Building Confidence: A Working Paper, Report no. 8.. . York: Energy Saving Trust & Low Carbon Futures.
  • Stafford A; Gorse C; Shao L (2011) The Retrofit Challenge: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings. . Centre for Low Carbon Futures and Energy Saving Trust.
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