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Dr Sung-Min Hong
UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
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  • Lecturer
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Dr Sung Min Hong became a Lecturer at UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering in 2018. He is a building scientist with experiences in architectural and environmental design practices, and built environment research. Sung Min gained a Bachelor’s degree in Building Science from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, an MSc with a distinction in Environmental Design and Engineering from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at UCL, and a PhD in Built Environment research from UCL Energy Institute. Funded by Chartered Institution for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Sung Min’s doctoral research focused on exploring and identifying ways for improving the robustness of benchmarking the operational energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings, with a particular focus on English schools. His research highlighted key parameters and methods that could be explored to provide the public and building operators with more relevant and robust feedback on how efficiently energy is being used in buildings. Findings from the research project informed various stakeholders in the built environment on the latest patterns of energy use of public sector non-domestic buildings, the CIBSE with a set of recommendations on how a robust benchmarking framework could be established in the future, and Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).

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Sung Min’s research focusses on improving operational energy efficiency and decarbonisation of buildings. His research involves understanding past, current and future energy performance trends, and underlying drivers of energy demand in buildings by analysing large datasets using data analytics techniques and modelling. Sung Min’s research outputs support stakeholders make informed decisions towards decarbonisation at urban and national scales. He also focusses on enhancing data sharing across the built environment by applying systems thinking approach and the concept gamification.

Sung-Min’s recent research include leading analyses of national datasets for informing stakeholders such as Department for Education to support decarbonisation of the English School stock. As a part of his research, Sung Min has also informed development of top-down and bottom-up stock models aimed at supporting policy making. He is also a principal investigator of a multidisciplinary project which aims to apply systems thinking approach to enhance data sharing across the built environment. This project involves engaging key stakeholders to identify and understand the barriers but more importantly opportunities and mechanisms for overcoming these barriers such as through gamification to better inform policymaking. By collaborating with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Sung Min has also developed the CIBSE online benchmarking tool to inform and empower stakeholders across the built environment through up-to-date information on energy performance and easy access. The output from this project not only informs stakeholders in the industry but also projects such as the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard.

Teaching Summary

Sung Min became a Course Director for MSc Environmental Design and Engineering programme at UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering in 2018. The programme was established more than 40 years ago and focuses on training students from diverse backgrounds to design, evaluate and operate energy efficient buildings.

Sung Min is module leader for a core module The Built Environment: the Energy Context of the EDE programme. This module aims to provide students with knowledge of the current and emerging challenges associated with energy use and sustainability in buildings. Topics covered include climate change, energy supply and generation, renewable technologies, energy use in buildings, building economics and modelling domestic energy use.

01-FEB-2018 Lecturer in Energy Benchmarking The Bartlett UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering, United Kingdom
01-APR-2015 CIBSE Research Associate in Energy Benchmarking UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2008   Master of Science University College London
2003   Bachelor of Science Victoria University of Wellington
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