Reader: Sustainable Design & Construction
Phone: 0141 331 3217
Rohinton Emmanuel is a Reader in Sustainable Design and Construction and an Architect with urban design interests. He has pioneered the inquiry of urban climate change in warm regions and has taught and consulted on climate and environment sensitive design, building energy efficiency and thermal comfort among others. Rohinton is the Secretary of the International Association for Urban Climate and is a member of the Expert Team on Urban and Building Climatology (ET 4.4) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as well as the CIB Working Group (W108) on “Buildings and Climate Change.” He has also worked as a green building consultant and has authored over 50 research papers in the areas of climate change in the built environment, building and urban energy efficiency. He recently published a textbook encapsulating these issues – An Urban Approach to Climate Sensitive Design: Strategies for the Tropics, (Taylor & Francis, London, 2005).
Energy use in buildings, Performance monitoring and post-occupancy evaluation
Emmanuel R, 1995 “Energy-conscious urban design guidelines for warm humid cities: implications for Colombo, Sri Lanka”, J. Architectural & Planning Research, 12(1): 58-75.
Emmanuel R, Ratnayake G, 2002 “An analysis of the bio-climatic effects of roof cover of domestic buildings in the Equatorial Tropics.” Architectural Science Review, 45(2): 117-124.
Emmanuel R, 2005 An Urban Approach to Climate Sensitive Design: Strategies for the Tropics, London: E & FN Spon Press, 172pp (ISBN: 0 415 33410 1).
Emmanuel R, Fernando HJS, 2007 Urban heat islands in humid and arid climates: role of urban form and thermal properties in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Phoenix, USA,” Climate Research, 34: 241-251.
Emmanuel R, Rosenlund H, Johansson E, 2007 “Urban shading – a design option for tropics? A study in Colombo, Sri Lanka,” Int J Climatology, 27(14): 1995-2004.
Emmanuel R, 2009 "Adaptation to urban climate change through design: Early best practices in the tropics and future directions," CIB W108 Meeting, 26 March 2009, Milan, Italy, Paolini E, (ed.), CIB Publication No. 325, pp. 7-11 (ISBN: 978 88 387 4366 5).
Emmanuel R, 2010 “Linking the ‘in’ and ‘out:’ new comfort goals for the rapidly urbanizing equatorial tropical megacities in a changing climate,” Windsor 2010 Conference, Adapting to change: new thinking on comfort, Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings (NCEUB), April 2010, Windsor, UK
Grants and Contracts
“Mitigating urban heat island effects: Application to the Colombo Metropolitan Region, Sri Lanka” Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) / SIDA Academic & Research Council (SAREC), Sweden, 2005 (with Dr. Hans Rosenlund & Mr. Erik Johansson, HDM, Lund University, Sweden), 2005
“Thermal comfort enhancement at neighborhood and building scale,” Ipalogama Veterans’ Housing Project, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, Consultant to RWPL Architects, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2006
“MAS Intimates Thurulie – Green Factory Project,” MAS Fabric Park, Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka (Team members: Thishan Jayasinghe, Rahula Attalage, Ajith de Alwis and Chintha Jayasinghe), 2008
“Revisions to the Energy Efficient Building Code (EEBC)” Chapter 4 – Building Envelope, Sustainable Energy Authority of Sri Lanka (Team members: Rahula Attalage, Thishan Jayasinghe and Narein Perera), 2008
“Sustainable Urban Environment – Metrics, Models & Toolkits (SUE-MoT)” EPSRC Funded consortium Project (Chief Investigator), 2008/’09
“Independent verification of a climate-based worldwide building energy index,” CIC Start Online Academic consultancy funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (B Kumar, Lead), 2010