Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton

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Ian is a Lecturer, Senior Researcher and Sustainable Design Engineer, with expertise in energy demand in housing, indoor environmental quality and health impacts.  Ian has also undertaken research and consultancy on evaluating UK government housing and energy policy, environmental masterplanning design and sustainable development, research on energy demand and energy efficiency in buildings and low carbon technologies. Ian works at the UCL Energy Institute and the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources.  Prior to joining UCL, Ian worked in the engineering and building development industry in the UK as a project engineer to develop sustainability strategies for over a dozen masterplan scale developments in the UK and abroad, including the London 2012 Olympic Parkland; prior to this he developed urban development strategies in and Canada.  Ian has worked as a consultant to Government and private industry.

Ian Hamilton is a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the UCL Energy Institute.  His research interest is focused on the nexus between energy demand, energy technologies and energy efficiency, sustainable cities, indoor and urban environmental conditions and health.  Ian’s research has included: investigation on the impact of energy efficiency interventions on energy demand in the residential stock; analysis of temporal and spatial energy use within the urban environment and its impact on the local climate; the trends and impact of energy use on indoor environment; residential stock energy use modelling; and, the integration of renewable energy into the urban form.  Ian is also working with colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to model and quantify the health impact of introducing energy efficiency measures in the UK’s housing stock.

Ian is the Operating Agent for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) ‘Annex 70 – Building Energy Epidemiology: Analysis of Real Building Energy Use at Scale’. The aim of the annex is to work in an international collaboration to identify user needs around energy demand in buildings and to establish best practice methods and harmonized formats for data collection, analysis and modelling.

Ian is a Co-investigator on the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE), which is focused on exploring the causes and effects of key factors on energy demand within a population or subpopulations at various scales (e.g. from individuals and buildings to communities or building complexes).  Ian is a Co-investigator on the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit ‘Environmental Change and Health – Healthy and Sustainable Cities’.

Ian is the Principle Investigator on the ‘Valuing the Health Impacts from Bill Rebates, Energy Efficiency and Heating Measures’ funded by the UK Dept. of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Working with LSHTM, this work seeks to quantify the health impact of introducing energy efficiency measures within the UK’s housing stock.

Ian was a Research Co-Investigator on the EPSRC ‘New Empirically-Based Models of Energy Use in the Building Stock’ that explored the difference in the impact of energy efficiency across household segments in the UK, using data on over 16 million dwellings.  Ian was a primary researcher on the EPSRC funded ‘Buildings & Data Framework’ project, which drew together physical data on approximately 11 million dwellings and have been linked individually to data on their actual gas and electricity consumption.  The study focused on the impact of energy efficiency interventions in the UK household stock and the opportunities of such a dataset for improving the precision and reliability with which low carbon strategies are framed, guided and evaluated.

Ian was a Commissioner and co-author of the Lancet-Commission on Health and Climate Change 2015 that has sought to set out actions to protect human health.  Ian was also part a major multi-disciplinary international collaboration for Health and Climate Change ‘The Health Benefits of Tackling Climate Change’, published in as a Lancet Series in November 2009, which investigated the health impact of green house gas mitigation strategies. Ian was also a Commissioner and co-author on the UCL-Lancet Commission ‘Shaping Cities for Health’ that outlined the means to address health through urban development.

CEE Projects

Smart Meter data analysis

Smart Meter data: A new resource for academics to help transform the future energy system

- by Alison Parker

High-Rise Buildings: Energy and Density

Challenging the assumptions on energy demand and building density by comparing high-rise and low-rise buildings

- by Alison Parker

Health impacts of Energy Efficiency & Temperature (HEAT)

HEAT looks to develop datasets for examining the relationship between energy use, energy efficiency and indoor environments and their co-relationship with health.

- by Alison Parker

Retrofit “Big Data” Analysis

Researchers at CEE have been studying the real impact of energy efficiency retrofits on energy demand using large datasets and detailed surveys

- by Alison Parker