Energy and Environmental Engineering

About Energy and Environmental Engineering Innovative and Sustainable Technologies (IST)

Energy and Environmental Engineering comprises an active and expanding group which focuses on environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on building’s performance assessment, renewable energy technologies, energy management and operation, and carbon management and associated policy issues. Of particular importance is the long-standing teaching and research capability in renewable energy, sustainable building design and management, and intelligent buildings.

The existing research portfolio is richly interdisciplinary and involves substantial collaboration with other internationally leading Schools both within and beyond the University of Reading. The group collaborates especially closely with the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences (SMPCS), the School of Systems Engineering (SSE), Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, Metrology and Informatics Research Centre (IRC) within the Henley Business School.

Our Research

The Energy and Environmental Engineering group has an established track record of research across a range of renewable energy technologies and sustainable building design and energy management. Research in renewable energy focuses on biomass, solar, geothermal and wind energy technologies and their integration with buildings as well as demand response. Research in Building performance focuses on energy efficient design, indoor environment assessment including thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, environmental quality and its impact on health and wellbeing. The internationally recognised research in Intelligent Buildings focuses on facilities management, sensor technologies for monitoring, controlling and operating of indoor environments and whole-life costing. Joint research with the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences is increasingly prioritised to build a complementary focus on the links between building indoor environments and urban microclimates.

The group has strong links with the Centre for Technologies for a Sustainable Built Environment (TSBE), which offers a range of engineering doctorates relating to sustainability in the built environment.

Research-informed teaching

Environmental Engineering

Sustainable Urban Systems

Sustainable Heat and Power

Energy, Carbon and the Environment

Energy in Buildings

Energy in Buildings - part one

Energy in Buildings - part two

Intelligent Buildings

Environmental Management and Energy Economics


Selected Projects

The impact of ambient air pollution on indoor environment in China: Evaluation of a practical intervention, (Professor Runming Yao, Dr Vincent Zhiwen Luo, Dr Emmanuel Essah,Global Innovation Initiative Grant (GII) (, Institute of International Education, US, 2014-16

School indoor environment and ventilation control strategies for childrens health and wellbeing (Professor Runming Yao, Dr Emmanuel Essah, Dr Vincent Zhiwen Luo, Dr Mehdi Shahrestani, Halton Foundation, 2014-2015)

This project will monitor primary school classroom indoor environment and develop ventilation strategies to improve indoor air quality.

HyVE: Hydrogen's Value in the Energy chain (Dr Phil Coker, UCL, University of Edinburgh, EPSRC)

Jun 2014 – May 2017

Associated with the EPSRC Supergen Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (H2FC) Hub, this project will determine the value of hydrogen under different plausible future energy system scenarios

Research Cooperation in Renewable Energy Technologies for Electricity Generation (REELCOOP) (Professor Runming Yao, Professor Li Shao and Dr Emmanuel Essah; European Commission)

September 2013- August 2017

This EU project will develop three prototypes of renewable energy systems. The University of Reading is responsible for Prototype One: Air-assisted Building Integrated PV façade.

Wireless energy behaviour monitoring ("Wi-be") for energy management Professor Li Shao, Dr J Bigham, Dr KN Irvine, Professor Y Hao, Professor M Gillott, Dr M Lemon, Professor C Parini, and Professor T Rodden; EPSRC)

September 2012-September 2013

This EPSRC-funded project investigates the feasibility of using Wi-be technologies in domestic and non-domestic buildings.

Assessing the Benefits of Demand Side Response Participation in a Capacity Market (Dr Jacopo Torriti; TSB)

August 2012-January 2013

This TSB funded project simulates a Capacity Market mechanism in which demand resources are aggregated and dispatched in response to tightening capacity markets.

A Preparatory Study of the Potential for Water Reuse and Greywater Use in West Africa (Dr Katherine Hyde; Walker Institute Research Development Fund)

This project explores the opportunities for recycled water and greywater to support improvements in water resource availability in West Africa.

Weather Data for Building Design (Dr Runming Yao; Walker Institute Research Development Fund)

This project aims to generate weather data for design by incorporating climate change scenarios and urban configurations.

Renewable Energy Applied in Buildings in China (Dr Emmanuel Essah; Chinese Ministry of Education)

International Research Centre for Low Carbon Green Building and Eco-Cities (Dr Runming Yao; China International Research Fund)
October 2011-May 2014

This project aims to set up an international research centre focusing on low carbon green building and eco-cities studies.

Urban Microclimates in Chongqing (Dr Runming Yao; RICS Education Trust)
September 2011- February 2013

This project explores urban microclimates in Chongqing and investigates the impact of the Three Gorges Dam construction project on surrounding areas.

Progressing Eco-city Policies into Main-stream Practice Stage City Level Implementation of Policy, Financing and Delivery Strategies for Low Carbon Cities in China (Dr Runming Yao; British Foreign and Commonwealth Office SPF Fund)
July 2011- June 2012

This project is a pilot study of developing effective policies, financing and implementation strategies for low-carbon eco-cities in China.

Photovoltaic System: Performance Analysis with Parametric Variations (Dr Emmanuel Essah ; University Endowment Trust Fund)

This project aims to obtain research data that is currently non-existent, which will be able to inform researchers, organisations, manufactures and potential owners (i.e. of the PV modules) of its potential during its predicted life.

Radiant heating and cooling system using capillary tubes (Dr Runming Yao) 
September 2010-August 2012

This project develops hydraulic systems of radiant heating and cooling using capillary tubes. The thermal comfort model for the radiant heating and cooling is to be developed and tested in the laboratory.

Statistic Model of Urban Microclimates (Dr Runming Yao; Walker Institute Research Development Fund)

This project aims to carry out statistic analysis of urban wind with consideration of urban forms.

Adapting UK dwellings to reduce overheating during heat waves  (Professor Li Shao and Dr Chris Goodier; EPSRC)

July 2008-November 2011

This project looks at how Future retrofit planning must seek to reduce summer overheating to provide a safe and comfortable environment in a changing climate.

Urban Microclimates (Dr Runming Yao; EPSRC EP/F039867/1)
Sept 2008 to August 2011

This project investigates urban microclimates through numerical and experimental studies.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Roof (Dr Emmanuel Essah)

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