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Professor Hazim Awbi

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Areas of interest

  • Building ventilation
  • Room air distribution systems
  • Computational fluid dynamics modelling
  • Indoor air quality
  • Low energy building environmental control systems
  • Heat transfer and energy storage.

Research projects

Collaboration with research projects at Gavle University, Sweden, Algarve University, Portugal and Chongqing University, China.


Professor Awbi’s research focuses on the areas of building ventilation and indoor air quality. His publications in room air flow analysis and modelling, air distribution systems, and heat transfer in buildings are widely quoted. His research in room air movement has led to the development of novel and energy efficient room air distribution systems, such as the impinging jet ventilation system and the confluent jets ventilation system. 

Academic qualifications

  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Thermo-fluids), University of Manchester (1967).
  • MSc by research in heat transfer, University of Manchester (1969)
  • PhD in industrial aerodynamics, Nottingham Trent University (1974)

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
  • Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers

Journal Duties

  • Editor-in-Chief of the Frontiers’ section Indoor Environment
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Building Simulation Journal, Springer

Selected publications


Autor of Ventilation of Buildings, Taylor and Francis

Lead Author of Ventilation Systems - Design and Performance, Taylor & Francis

Co-author of a of 11 other books, one REHVA guidebook and lead author of a CIBSE application manual.


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