Dr Mark Gillott

photo of Dr Mark GillottDr Mark Gillott is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham’s School of the Built Environment and Co-Director of the Institute of Sustainable Energy Technology. Mark has a BEng (hons) in Civil Engineering, MSc in Architecture, Environmental Design and Engineering and a PhD in Sustainable Energy Technologies. Mark has over thirteen year’s research experience in low carbon sustainable energy technologies and low energy building design.

What is your main role in the project?
Research and Project Manager for the Creative Energy Homes project which involves all aspects of design, delivery and on-going research for the houses on Green Close.

What are you looking forward to?
I’m most looking forward to the day the houses are occupied. From that day forward we should be inundated with information on how the houses perform.

What are you most nervous about throughout the project?
With so few Code 6 houses in the UK my main worry will be finding time to deal with all the enquiries about the houses here on campus.

Why do you think this project is valuable?
To provide sustainable solutions that address the challenges the construction sector face at present it is essential we gather rigorous post occupancy evaluation data to inform specification and design so that homes perform as well in reality as on paper.

What do you think you’ll learn by being involved?
A better understanding of in-use performance from the post occupancy evaluation work we will undertake.

Any other comments?
With the houses being literally on our door step here at the School the project provides me with a unique opportunity to work with leading industrial partners on all aspects of the delivery of sustainable housing solutions. This is hugely beneficial as our teaching can be informed by research and underpinned by real examples. The project offers our students a unique opportunity to see at first hand the delivery of sustainable homes and once finished have access to them for research and learning purposes.

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