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Dr Eleni Oikonomou
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Eleni is a Senior Research Fellow in Energy and Building Modelling at the UCL IEDE. Her research expertise lies in the area of energy modelling and performance analysis in all aspects of energy use and the internal environment of houses. Her PhD in Environment, Energy and Resources focused on the complex sociotechnical parameters and interactions affecting the in-situ performance of domestic heat pumps and the implications these may have on policy and technical standards. Her work was based on the systems thinking analysis of sociotechnical data from resident interviews and energy monitoring. Other specific research interests include the modelling of indoor environmental quality, overheating and energy use in residential environments at the building stock level, including the development of representative archetypes for the UK domestic stock. She is currently working in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded ClimaCare project, aiming to develop effective policy interventions to protect the UK from the challenging effects that rising temperatures will impose on UK infrastructure and the health and social care system, and have previously co-led the Greater London Authority (GLA) Care Home Overheating Audit Pilot. 
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

  • Delivering guest lectures as part of the MSc IEDE course;
  • Organising and running dynamic thermal modelling workshops for the CEGE and MSc IEDE students;
  • Delivering group coursework tutorials for the 'Integrated Building Design for Health and Wellbeing' module (MSc IEDE and MSc HWSB);
  • Assisting the delivery of the 'Methods of Environmental Analysis' module (MSc IEDE).

Academic Background
2009   Master of Science University College London
2006   Diploma University of Patras
    Doctor of Philosophy Environment, Energy and Resources University College London
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