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Ms Eleni Oikonomou
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London
UK
WC1H 0NN
Appointment
  • Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography
Eleni is a Research Associate in Energy and Building Modelling at the UCL Energy Institute with a background in Architecture. Her research interests build on her experience on architectural engineering and environmental design. Since joining UCL in 2010, Eleni has been part of the domestic stock energy modellers' interdisciplinary team, which carries out research and consultancy work in all aspects of energy use and the internal environment of houses. She has been actively involved in research on domestic stock energy modelling, analysis and interpretation of energy use, building fabric and health data.

Her recent research work includes the development of a set of representative archetypes for the domestic sector in England that formed part of the AWESOME project (funded by the Natural Environment Research Coucil) and can assist large scale domestic modelling in the UK, relevant to energy, thermal comfort and indoor air quality. She was extensively involved in the Energy Technologies Institute's Micro Distributed Energy project, looking at the potential for reducing energy consumption of the UK domestic stock through a range of Distributed Energy (DE) Technologies. She assisted the construction and testing of a segmented core model that takes into consideration specific Micro DE systems in-situ along with the users' behaviour and interactions. She is currently pursuing her PhD on the impact that fabric standards and national programmes encouraging residential heat pump installations have on summertime overheating, energy use and peak power. Eleni is also working with PassivSystems on the DECC funded Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (Seamless Demand Response Pilot) to evaluate the effectiveness of smart controllers on the performance of heat pumps using data from a field trial of approximately 100 domestic site, as well as the recently successful bid to analyse the data from heat pumps installed via the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPP) to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).




Research Groups
Research Summary

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) - Analysis of data from heat pumps installed via the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) Scheme to DECC: Eleni is project managing this work and working closely with the rest of the team to perform the data analysis and heat pump integrated building modelling processes required.

DECC-Energy Entrepreneurs Fund - Seamless Demand Response Pilot: Eleni's role in this project is to provide advice on pilot and field trial design, perform data analysis for the improvement of the heat pump operation performance as well as modelling of heat pump control in conjunction with grid dynamics.

Natural Environmental Research Council - Air pollution and weather related health impacts: methodological study based on spatio-temporally disaggregated multi-pollutant models for present day and future (AWESOME): As part of the AWESOME project, Eleni carried out an intensive analysis of the English housing stock that relies on multiple sources of quantitative and qualitative evidence. The English Archetypes model is primarily synthesised by data extracted from national level domestic building surveys, i.e. English Housing Survey, and is used for the investigation of the effect of indoor pollutants on occupants' health.

Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) - Micro Distributed Energy (DE): Eleni was extensively involved in the ETI's project, looking at the potential for reducing energy consumption of the UK domestic stock through a range of DE technologies. She assisted contruction and testing of a segmented core model that takes into consideration specific Micro DE systems in-situ along with the users' behaviour and interactions.

Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) - Optimising Thermal Efficiency (TE) of Existing Housing: Eleni provided support on the development and testing of whole house models of refurbishment solutions, which take into account both energy demand and supply side factors that impact energy efficiency.

Technology Strategy Board (TSB) - BLP Life Cycle Costing for sustainability. An online toolkit modelling capital costs, operational costs, embodied energy and running costs and CO2 emissions for dwellings (Butterfly): Eleni worked on the development of an innovative toolkit, under the name 'Butterfly', focusing mainly in the area of operational energy and CO2 calculations. This low carbon design and decision tool aims to simplify and improve decision making at the design stage by incorporating under a single model the life cycle, fabric, embodied and operational energy and carbon costs for new and existing dwellings.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - The Development of a Local urban Climate Model and its Application to the Intelligent Design of Cities (LUCID): Within this context, Eleni developed a unique group of representative housing archetypes for London, in order to address and compare the importance of structural quality and the urban heat islan effect in the overheating of London dwellings. The findings as well as the methodology established assisted further research.

Teaching Summary

- Advanced Building Simulation lecture under the title "Stock Modelling - Principles & Applications" as part of the UCL MSc Environmental Design and Engineering (EDE) course.
- Thermal Modelling workshops and Thermal Analysis Software (TAS) follow up sessions as part of the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) Integrated Design Project and the UCL MSc EDE computing week..

Academic Background
2009 MSc Master of Science – Environmental Engineering University College London
2006 DipArch Diploma of Architecture – Architecture - Engineering University of Patras
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