Mike Medas

Project Title:

Resource efficiency of building servicesmike medas

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First Supervisor: 

Professor John Connaughton

Second Supervisor:

Dr Michael Peters

Project Description:

The delivery of world class sustainable buildings is moving into a new era. Increased energy efficiency in the operational stages of the building life cycle will mean that reducing embodied environmental impacts of buildings becomes of critical importance to policy makers, industry and society. Building services are responsible for 5-15% of initial embodied impacts of a typical office building and up to 60% of lifetime embodied impacts. This project therefore has three aims:

  1. To identify key environmental impacts of a wide range of mechanical and electrical building services for non-domestic buildings.
  2. To develop models to assess the impacts of a range of building servicing options across the product life cycle.
  3. To develop guidance and/or tools to enable building services plant and equipment to be selected, utilised and disposed of whilst minimising environmental resource impacts from 'cradle to grave'.

Project Poster: 

 Mike Medas poster 2014

Student Profile: 

Mike Medas joined the TSBE Centre in January 2014, shortly after completing an MSc in Renewable Energy with Distinction also at Reading University. With a background in management, policy analysis, social research and community development, Mike had previously worked in urban regeneration across the UK for over 20 years, variously as a researcher, consultant, programme manager and CEO in the public, private and voluntary sectors. With extensive experience of managing publicly-funded programmes to deliver sustainable urban development, Mike saw an opportunity to combine his practical experience with intensive research into the sustainability of the built environment in order to make a difference.

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Why did you choose Reading?: 

I selected Reading for my doctorate because it offered a world class academic environment combined with strong links with leading industrial partners involved with sustainability.  Prior to this in 2013 I had completed the MSc in Renewable Energy at Reading, which had combined academic excellence with a solid engineering background and was particularly accessible to a non-engineering graduate like myself. The multi-disciplinary approach of the TSBE Centre was therefore the logical choice with which to continue my journey.


MSc Renewable energy - University of Reading
PgD Legal Practice - University of Westminster
PgD Law - University of North London
MSc Computing- University of North London
BSc Economic and Politics - University of Bristol

Personal Website:

Mike Medas Linkedin page


Medas, M. et al (2015) 'Towards BIM-integrated, resource-efficient building services' In CIBSE Technical Symposium, 16-17 April 2015. London: CIBSE. Available: <http://www.cibse.org/Knowledge/CIBSE-Technical-Symposium-2015/Towards-BIM-integrated,-resource-efficient-buildin>



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