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Dr Aaron Gillich

Dr Aaron Gillich

gillicha@lsbu.ac.uk

Built Environment and Architecture

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I am a Professor of Building Decarbonisation and Director of the BSRIA LSBU Net Zero Building Centre. The Centre is a joint venture between BSRIA and LSBU with the aim of accelerating decarbonisation in the built environment.

My research interests centre on the UK energy trilemma of delivering a low cost, low carbon, secure energy system. I am particularly interested in the field of low carbon heat and the intersection of technical and policy challenges in meeting the UK’s 2050 carbon targets.

My research background considered domestic retrofit programs and policy implementation. From February 2017-18 I worked with the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on secondment to the Energy Transformation Directorate. My role was supporting and developing technical research to inform policy design.

I have worked on a wide range of research and demonstration projects in the areas of low carbon heating, retrofit, and policy.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Awarded in the last 5 years
Mrs Bahareh SalehiAnalysis and Comparison of the Thermal Retention Properties of Shading Devices in the Real-World and Dynamic Thermal Models within the UK Built Environment PhD
PhD in Energy and Retrofit Policy

University of Cambridge

2011
2015
MSc - Astronomy and Physics

St Mary's University - Canada

2005
2007
BEng - Aerospace Engineering

Carleton University - Canada

2001
2005
CEng

CIBSE

2016
FunderYear wonProjectRole
Stroud District Council2022Innovate to RenovatePrincipal Investigator
LGA and UCL2022NZIP - Engaging social housing residents in retrofitPrincipal Investigator
SBRI2021Bridgend SBRI Phase 2Principal Investigator
Office for Students (OfS)2021OFS Higher education short course trialPrincipal Investigator
University College London2021Lambeth Net Zero Programme (UCL)Principal Investigator
SBRI2021Bridgend Local Energy Markets Phase 1Principal Investigator
Bridgend County Borough Council2019SBRI Phase 1 Affordable Urban Heat NetworksPrincipal Investigator
Minus 72018SCi112_BEA_Knowledge Exchange_Minus 7_Low Carbon Heating Technology Innovation FundsPrincipal Investigator
ICAX2016SCI_064_ICAX_EEF_SCI_064_ICAX_EEF_Home Energy For TomorrowPrincipal Investigator
ICAX2017Energy Entrepreneurs Fund - ICAXPrincipal Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
OFS Short Course PromotionOFS Short Course PromotionPrincipal InvestigatorOPEN In preparationAug 2022
NZIP Phase 2 Nov 2022NZIP Phase 2 Nov 2022Principal InvestigatorOPEN In preparationOct 2022
Air-Source Heat Pump Noise and Permitted Development Rights In WalesAir-Source Heat Pump Noise and Permitted Development Rights In WalesPrincipal InvestigatorWelsh GovernmentOPEN In preparationNov 2022
Hackney- Innovate UK ('Future-Fit' of Hackney Estate to Net Zero)Hackney- Innovate UKPrincipal InvestigatorInnovate UK OPEN Approved for submissionNov 2022
Net Zero developmentNet Zero developmentPrincipal InvestigatorEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)OPEN In preparationNov 2022
Bridgend SBRI Phase 2 (Project 3)Bridgend SBRI Phase 2Principal InvestigatorSBRIOPEN Approved for submissionDec 2021
Bridgend Local Energy Market Phase 2 (AG Project 2) Bridgend Local Energy Market Phase 2 (AG Project 2) Principal InvestigatorBridgend County Borough CouncilOPEN Approved for submissionNov 2021
Lambeth Net Zero Programme (UCL)Lambeth Net Zero Programme (UCL)Principal InvestigatorUniversity College LondonOPEN Approved for submissionMar 2021
BCBC WBRID Phase 1Bridgend Local Energy Markets Phase 1Principal InvestigatorSBRIOPEN Approved for submissionFeb 2021
Bridgened 2- Direct Energy Bridgened 2- Direct Energy Principal InvestigatorBridgend County Borough CouncilOPEN SubmittedJul 2020
SBRI Phase 1 BEN and HE4T NetworksSBRI Phase 1 Affordable Urban Heat NetworksPrincipal InvestigatorBridgend County Borough CouncilOPEN Approved for submissionSep 2020

Participation in domestic energy retrofit programmes: key spatio-temporal drivers
Mohareb, E., Gillich, A. and Bristow, D. (2022). Participation in domestic energy retrofit programmes: key spatio-temporal drivers. Buildings and Cities. 3 (1), pp. 356-375. https://doi.org/10.5334/bc.202

Comparison of Real-world Data with Simulated Results to Enhance Building Thermal Retention when using Shading Devices
Salehi, B., Andrews, D., Chaer, I., Newton, E. and Gillich, A. (2022). Comparison of Real-world Data with Simulated Results to Enhance Building Thermal Retention when using Shading Devices . CIBSE Technical Symposium 2022. London South Bank University 21 - 22 Apr 2022

Performance analysis for the UK's first 5th generation heat network – The BEN case study at LSBU
Gillich, A., Godefroy, J., Ford, A., Hewitt, M. and L'Hostis, J. (2021). Performance analysis for the UK's first 5th generation heat network – The BEN case study at LSBU. Energy. 243 (122843). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2021.122843

Opportunities to decarbonize heat in the UK using Urban Wastewater Heat Recovery
Ali, S. and Gillich, A. (2021). Opportunities to decarbonize heat in the UK using Urban Wastewater Heat Recovery. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1177/01436244211034739

Review of Intelligent Control Systems for Natural Ventilation as Passive Cooling Strategy for UK Buildings and Similar Climatic Conditions
Mahmoudi Saber, E., Chaer, I., Gillich, A. and Ekpeti, B. (2021). Review of Intelligent Control Systems for Natural Ventilation as Passive Cooling Strategy for UK Buildings and Similar Climatic Conditions. Energies. 14 (15), p. e4388. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14154388

Improving Thermal Energy Performance of UK Built Environment through the Use of Shading Devices
Salehi, B., Andrews, D., Chaer, I., Newton, E. and Gillich, A. (2021). Improving Thermal Energy Performance of UK Built Environment through the Use of Shading Devices. London Doctoral Academy Postgraduate Research Summer School 2021. London South Bank University 05 - 08 Jul 2021 London South Bank University.

Enabling local rapid change solutions to the Climate Emergency
Palmer, P., Gillich, A. and Redmond, S. (2021). Enabling local rapid change solutions to the Climate Emergency. European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer Study. Hyeres, France 29 May - 03 Jun 2017

Performance prediction and evaluation on the first balanced energy networks (BEN) part I: BEN and building internal factors
Wang, Y, Gillich, A, Liu, D, Mahmoudi Saber, E., Yebiyo, M, Kang, R, Ford, A and Hewitt, M (2021). Performance prediction and evaluation on the first balanced energy networks (BEN) part I: BEN and building internal factors. Energy. 221, pp. 119797-119797. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2021.119797

The potential for heat recovery from urban wastewater.
Ali, S. and Gillich, A. (2020). The potential for heat recovery from urban wastewater. CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2020. On line 14 - 14 Sep 2020 CIBSE.

Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies
Ford, A, Gillich, A and Mirzania, P (2020). Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies. in: Letcher, Trevor M (ed.) Future Energy Elesvier. pp. 611-630

Limits and uncertainty for energy efficiency in the UK housing stock
Gillich, A., Mahmoudi Saber, E. and Mohareb, E. (2019). Limits and uncertainty for energy efficiency in the UK housing stock. Energy Policy. 133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2019.110889

Determining the UK’s potential for heat recovery from wastewater using steady state and dynamic modelling - preliminary results
Ali, S. and Gillich, A. (2018). Determining the UK’s potential for heat recovery from wastewater using steady state and dynamic modelling - preliminary results. 2nd Global Conference on Energy and Sustainable Development, GCESD2018. Edinburgh 18 - 20 Dec 2018 WEENTECH. https://doi.org/10.32438/WPE.58181

Modelling development and analysis on the Balanced Energy Networks (BEN) in London
Song, WH, Wang, Y, Gillich, A, Ford, A and Hewitt, M (2018). Modelling development and analysis on the Balanced Energy Networks (BEN) in London. Applied Energy. 233/4, pp. 114-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.10.054

The Theoretical versus Practical Potential of Existing and Emerging Wastewater Heat Recovery Technologies
Ali, S. and Gillich, A. (2018). The Theoretical versus Practical Potential of Existing and Emerging Wastewater Heat Recovery Technologies. Energy Systems Conference 201. London, UK 19 - 20 Jun 2018

Overcoming Practical Challenges and Implementing Low-Carbon Heat in the UK: Lessons from the Balanced Energy Network (BEN) at LSBU
Arif, M, Gillich, A, Ford, A and Wang, Y (2018). Overcoming Practical Challenges and Implementing Low-Carbon Heat in the UK: Lessons from the Balanced Energy Network (BEN) at LSBU. CIBSE Technical Symposium. London 12 - 13 Apr 2018

Designing an ‘optimal’ domestic retrofit programme
Gillich, A, Sunikka-Blank, M and Ford, A (2017). Designing an ‘optimal’ domestic retrofit programme. Building Research & Information. 46 (7), pp. 767-778. https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1368235

A smarter way to electrify heat – The Balanced Energy Network approach to demand side response in the UK
Gillich, A (2017). A smarter way to electrify heat – The Balanced Energy Network approach to demand side response in the UK. European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer Study. Hyeres, France 29 May - 03 Jun 2017 London South Bank University.

Lessons for the UK Green Deal from the US BBNP
Gillich, A (2016). Lessons for the UK Green Deal from the US BBNP. Building Research & Information. 45 (4), pp. 384-395. https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2016.1159500

Why Education and User Feedback Won’t Close the Performance Gap for University Accommodation
Gillich, A, Sunikka-Blank, M and Ford, A (2015). Why Education and User Feedback Won’t Close the Performance Gap for University Accommodation. CIBSE Technical Symposium. London 16 - 17 Apr 2015 CIBSE.