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Dr Mehdi Shahrestani

Portrait of Dr Medhi Shahrestani, Lecturer in the School of Construction Management and Engineering
  • Director of Architectural Engineering Programmes (BEng/MEng)
  • Chair of Health, Safety, and Wellbeing Committee  



Building location

Chancellor's Building

Areas of interest

  • Net-zero carbon future.
  • Decarbonisation of heating and cooling systems
  • Energy systems modelling
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Building mechanical services
  • Interactions between energy and environmental systems

Postgraduate supervision

  • Muhammad Imran Khan: A multidimensional assessment of natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel.
  • Bashar Alfalah: Identifying occupancy patterns and profiles and their influence on the energy performance of buildings.
  • Josephine Gwen Lloyd-Papworth: Managing effects of weather through advanced analytics.
  • Ahmed Hany Elgamal: Energy management approaches of Virtual Power Plants.
  • Nobert Matadi: Collaboration and alliance in the construction industry.
  • Abdul Ahad Jhumka: Transient stability of a renewable energy grid for small island developing states.
  • Raed Alshammari: A building assessment framework for the net-zero carbon future.



CE1CCS- Construction science (UG-Part1)

CE2BSF-Building services fundamentals (UG-Part2)

CE2ADE-Architectural design (UG-Part2)

CE3HVA-Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning design (UG-Part3)

CEM221-Energy in Buildings (MSc)

Contributing to:

CE2BES1- Building Environment Systems (UG-Part2)

CE3CCD - Dissertation (UG-Part 3)

CE3BED- Research method, dissertation (UG-Part 3)

CEM107/17A/17B- Sustainable design and management principles and practice (MSc)

CEM10A - Research skills (MSc)

CEM10B - Dissertation supervision (MSc)

Research projects

  • Living Lab, data management, analysis and storage for developing data-driven research related to building energy and environmental systems, Institute of Physics (IoP), Co-I, 2019-2022.
  • Indoor air quality, Ministry of Science & Technology P.R.China, PI, 2020-2021.
  • School indoor environment and ventilation control strategies for children’s health and well-being, Halton Foundation, Co-I, 2014-2016.
  • Research Cooperation in Renewable Energy Technologies for Electricity Generation (REELCOOP), study the performance of the double skin PV façade system, European funded project, Research Fellow,2013-2017.


My career in Engineering began after my BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering. I then joined an international consultants' engineering and construction firm where I was heavily involved in the management, design, construction, and commissioning of building mechanical services for industrial and non-industrial projects.

In parallel, I started studying towards an MSc and received my degree in Energy Systems Engineering. Having nine years of industrial experience in energy generation, distribution and use especially in building mechanical services, I started my PhD at the University of Reading.

After my PhD, I joined the Research Cooperation in Renewable Energy Technologies for Electricity Generation (REELCOOP) project as a Research Fellow to study the performance of the double skin PV façade system.

In 2015, I was appointed as lecturer in Sustainable Technologies at the University of Reading.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, 2013 (University of Reading, Fuzzy decision-making modelling for building environmental systems selection)
  • MSc in Energy Systems Engineering, 2005 (KNT University, Numerical modelling of solar-assisted cooling systems)
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, 2000 (Guilan University, Modelling, and design of prototypical parabolic trough solar collectors)

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (FCIBSE)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (MASHRAE)
  • Member of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (MIBPSA)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Intelligent Buildings International


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