Abigail is a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and part of the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building design. She is passionate about her role in co-ordinating the innovative Architectural Engineering Design degree programme spanning the disciplines of Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture to develop graduates with the skills to design low energy, sustainable buildings. You can read more about this aspect of her work here.
Her interest in Sustainable Buildings began during her degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Leeds where she also carried out her PhD in the simulation of hospital ventilation. She moved to Sheffield in 2008 to work on a large multi-disciplinary project Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas. Part of this project investigated Hydro Power on Sheffield rivers which led to her original interest in Sheffield Renewables. She joined the board in 2014. Her main focus though was the urban microclimate, recently featured on Radio 4’s Costing the Earth. Other projects she has worked on include the Big Energy Upgrade in which she worked in a team investigating the Environmental Impact of solid wall insulation.
Currently her research is focussed back on the indoor environments of buildings. She is a firm believer in ensuring that with the drive for energy efficiency we ensure that we maintain good quality air in our buildings. Although her focus in work is on indoor environments and reducing energy use this is only the first step, and Sheffield Renewables is a great opportunity to keep up to date with the renewable energy options for meeting that demand.