• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Enhancing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) through leveraging AI and Machine Learning towards Net Zero Carbon (NZC) buildings
The closing date for applications is 8 April 2024 and applicants must be available to start in September 2024.


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Personal profile


I am an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Built Environment, Heriot Watt University. My research interests and expertise are primarily in building performance modelling, carbon reporting, and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), shaped by years of research in academia and industry. I am keen to collaborate on projects involving building simulation, low-carbon innovations, construction management, the circular economy, and the integration of computer and data science within these domains.

Before my current role, I worked as a Building Scientist at arbnco Ltd for over 4.5 years, where I designed and contributed to the development of software solutions for energy efficiency, decarbonization, and sustainability in buildings. I also led the team in creating new technologies for evaluating cost-effective energy conservation measures.

My PhD research focused on the impact of BREEAM, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and Soft Landings on the lifecycle performance of commercial buildings. Using LCA, I assessed the environmental impacts of case-study projects on the HWU campus. I am a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) and have several years of experience as a Senior Sustainability Consultant, leading projects in building sustainability certification, greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting, and dynamic thermal simulation.

Research interests

  • Energy efficiency, decarbonization, and sustainability in buildings;
  • AI and digitalization in construction;
  • Building performance and information modelling; and
  • Circular economy and life cycle assessment (LCA) in construction

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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