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Dr Mehreen Gul is an Assistant Professor in Architectural Engineering in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University. She graduated from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan with a 1st class honours degree in Chemical Engineering. She gained a Ph.D in from Edinburgh Napier University in solar radiation modeling using available long-term meteorological data. Mehreen’s research experience is in environmental and engineering issues associated with renewable and low carbon technologies and sustainable buildings. She has developed her very own Photovoltaics (PVs) research lab in her school allowing students at all levels to conduct experimental research. Mehreen’s current research involves analysing the impact of albedo on the performance of PVs and assessing the present energy efficient retrofit services sector and its strategy to increase retrofit activity. Mehreen has also a strong research interest in understanding the behaviour and attitude of users towards energy and water conservation and is keen on identifying ways to confront issues of cultural diversity which are necessary for a strategy aiming to change individual and community patterns of consumption. She has been lead qualitative researcher on projects which involved human behaviour as a challenging area of investigation for building performance evaluation.

Mehreen has over 34 peer-reviewed articles and practitioner reports, weighted towards high impact, international peer reviewed journals. She is a named contributor on two Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Guides: Guide J, Weather, Solar and Illuminance data (2002) and Guide A, Environmental Design (2015). Mehreen was awarded the CIBSE Napier Shaw Bronze Medal for best paper on an entirely new approach for estimating solar diffuse irradiance.


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Research Output

  • 16 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Paper
  • 1 Literature review
Open Access
  • 2 Downloads (Pure)

    Radiation view factor for building applications: Comparison of computation environments

    Alam, M., Gul, M. S. & Muneer, T., 10 Oct 2019, In : Energies. 12, 20, 3826.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Enhancement of Albedo for Solar Energy Gain with Particular Emphasis on Overcast Skies

    Gul, M. S., Kotak, Y. S., Muneer, T. & Ivanova, S., 24 Oct 2018, In : Energies. 11, 11, 2881.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    23 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
    12 Citations (Scopus)
    27 Downloads (Pure)

    Enabling a self-sufficient energy efficient retrofit services sector future: A qualitative study

    Gooding, L. M. & Gul, M. S., 1 Dec 2017, In : Energy and Buildings. 156, p. 306-314

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
    27 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Participation in conference


    Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Invited speaker), , David P Jenkins (Member of programme committee), , Gillian Frances Menzies (Member of programme committee), , Mehreen Gul (Member of programme committee), , Evangelia Vasiliki Topriska (Member of programme committee), & Craig J Kennedy (Member of programme committee)

    27 Mar 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Knowledge Exchange

    David P Jenkins, Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren & Mehreen Gul


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Teaching