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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 Programme(BEng/MEng)
  • Chair of Health & Safety Committee for the School of the Built Environment
  • Module Convenor: Energy in Buildings (CEM 221), Construction Science (CE1CCS), Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Design (CE3HVA), Building Services 2: Fundamentals (CE2BSF)

Areas of interest

My research is within the area of energy systems, renewable energy technologies and building mechanical services.

The focus of my research is on modelling of energy and environmental systems, developing new numerical models for performance evaluation and control of energy and environmental systems. In addition, developing knowledge-based and formal decision-making process, benchmarking and investigation of the influence of climate changes on engineering design decisions.

Research centres and groups

Innovative and Sustainable Technologies


My career in engineering began after my BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering. I then joined a consultants' engineering and construction company where I was heavily involved in 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 research in the School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading.

During my PhD research, I developed a fuzzy multiple attribute decision making model for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems selection, considering climate changes and future weather projects.

In addition, I have developed a benchmark for office buildings in England and Wales. Developing a pressure governing simulation approach for hydronic systems was another contribution of my PhD research. 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 took up a lectureship in Sustainable Technologies at the University of Reading.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Energy and Environmental Systems Selection, University of Reading 
  • MSc in Energy Systems Engineering, K.N.Toosi University of Technology 
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Guilan.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of International Building Performance Simulation Associate (IBPSA) - England
  • Member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (MASHRAE)
  • Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (AMIMechE)
  • Graduate Member of Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
  • Research Associate of the Walker Institute for Climate System Research
  • Member of editorial board for Intelligent Buildings International

  • Member of editorial board for the Journal of Architectural Environment & Structural Engineering

  • Corresponding Member of ASHRAE technical committee 6.1: Hydronic and steam equipment and systems

  • Reviewer of the following journals: International Journal of Refrigeration; Building and Environment; Energy and Buildings; Journal of Cleaner Production; Renewable Energy; Energy for Sustainable Development; The Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences; Urban Forestry & Urban Greening; Journal of Taibah University for Science; Urban Climate; Sustainable Cities and Society; Engineering Science and Technology, an International Journal; Sustainable Production and Consumption; Journal of Building Engineering and the Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies.