Dr Andrew Wright

Job: Reader in Building Engineering Physics

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 257 7960

E: awright@dmu.ac.uk

W: iesd.dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: themediafellow2011.blogspot.co.uk/


Personal profile

Andrew Wright is a Reader and joined the Institute in September 2004. He is Subject Group Leader for teaching of Energy and Sustainable Develoment, coordinator for the Research Excllence Framework (REF) for Unit 16 in IESD, and assists with international matters for ths school. Research interests include low energy buildings, energy in industry, and renewable energy in the developing world.

Following a degree in Applied Maths at Sheffield, he took an MSc in Atmospheric Physics at Imperial College, London, and for his PhD investigated computer modelling of the thermal performance of industrial buildings. Before coming to De Montfort, Andrew was the Programme Manager of a distance learning MSc course in Sustainable Electrical Building Services at UMIST (now University of Manchester), where he was also a researcher in the Tyndall (North) Centre for Climate Change Research. He has previously worked for the UK Electricity Industry at EA Technology Ltd near Chester; Newcastle University; and the Building Design Partnership in Manchester.

He has written many journal papers relating to energy use in buildings, and numerous reports for EA Technology ranging from the energy impacts of teleworking, to the effect of distributed generation on the electricity network. Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, and a member of the Energy Institute. He has contributed to the design guides on Environmental Design (Volume A) and Weather (Volume J), and is a member of the Schools Design Group. He has also contributed to reports for Ofgem,  DECC and the Department of Health.

Research group affiliations

Energy and Sustainable Development

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

How heating controls affect domestic energy demand: a rapid evidence assessment. Munton A., Wright A., Mallaburn P., and Boait P. Report for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Available at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/277552/FINALHow_heating_controls_affect_domestic_energy_demand_-_A_Rapid_Evidence_Assessment.pdf

Wright A, What is the relationship between built form and energy use in dwellings?, Energy Policy, Vol 36, Iss 12, pp 4544-4547, (2008), ISSN 4544-4547

Wright AJ and Firth S, The nature of domestic electricity-loads and effects of time averaging on statistics and on-site generation calculations, Applied Energy, Vol 84, pp 389-403, (2007), ISSN: 0306-2619

Retrofitting Homes for Energy Efficiency: An Integrated Approach to Innovation in the Low-Carbon Overhaul of UK Social Housing. Crilly, Michael ; Lemon, Mark ; Wright, A. J. ; Cook, Matthew ; Shaw, D.

Shipworth M, Firth SK, Gentry MI, Wright AJ, Shipworth DT & Lomas KJ (2009), Central heating thermostat settings and timing: building demographics, Building Research & Information, Vol 38, Iss 1, pp 50-69

Kelly S, Shipworth M, Shipworth D, Gentry M, Wright A, Pollit M, Crawford-Brown D & Lomas K (2012), Predicting the diversity of internal temperatures from the English residential sector using panel methods, Applied Energy Volume 102, February 2013, Pages 601–621.

Research interests/expertise

Energy in buildings, climate change and buildings, modelling, monitoring buildings, building retrofit.

Areas of teaching

Energy and buildings, building physics (MSc level).


BSc Applied Maths, MSc Atmospheric Physics, PhD

Courses taught

Energy in Buildings Module, Sustainable Energy, Energy and Thermal Performance  (IESD MSc courses)  

Honours and awards

British Science Association Media Fellow 2011

Membership of external committees

CIBSE: Schools design group

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of CIBSE

Member of the Energy Institute, 2013

Professional licences and certificates

Chartered Engineer 1988 -

Conference attendance

Wright, A.J., Korolija I.,Zhang Y. Optimization of dwelling design under current and future climates using parametric simulations in EnergyPlus, CIBSE Technical Symposium- Delivering Buildings that are truly fit for purpose, Liverpool, April 2013.

A. J. Wright, M.R Oates, R. Greenough. Concepts for dynamic modeling of energy-related flows in manufacturing, Applied Energy Conference, Suzhou, China, July 2012.

Wright, A. J.. Use of Passivhaus design principles in low energy retrofit for UK social housing. 14 International Passive House Conference 2010. Dresden, Germany, Passivhaus Institute.

Wright, A. J. and N. Brown. The Analysis and interpretation of half hourly utility data in UK buildings. Fifth international conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings 2008 (IEECB). Frankfurt, European Commission DG JRC.

Consultancy work

Academic lead on Knowledge Transfer Partnership with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2011 – 2013).

Energy use in buildings, various modelling projects, leading commercial activities in IESD.

Work for Ofgem with Element Energy to produce electricity profiles for non-domestic buildings, published http://www.element-energy.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Demand-Side-Response-in-the-non-domestic-sector.pdf

Co-author of DECC report on use of domestic heating controls (2013).

Current research students




Parkes, Matthew

Part-time 1st

Dzokoto, Seth Theodore Kwasi

International full-time


Onasanya, Mobolaji Agbolade

International full-time


Ali, Samira Abdulla



Evangelos Sakellariou


Externally funded research grants information

Projects lead on:

LESSONS project, TSB, collaborative research, April 2010 – March 2013, PI for DMU work, Pick Everard, Vanguard Homes Ltd., IES

THERM, TSB, collaborative research, Sep 2008 – Aug 2010, CI, Toyota, Airbus, IES

Retrofit for the Future, TSB, 6 projects, 2009-2012, East Midland Housing, Newcastle City Council, Vanguard Homes, PI for DMU work.

Closing the Gap, i_net, PI, Jeld Wen UK Ltd, Vanguard Homes, Nottingham Trent University, 2010.

Professional esteem indicators

Journal Refereeing information:

Building Research and Information; Energy and buildings; Building and Environment; Building Services Research Information and Technology

Other Reviewing Activities:

Conferences: COBRA 2009, Building Simulation (Sydney) 2011, Building Simulation 2013, 2015.

Case studies

Work on our Retrofit for the Future project (reported on TV and other media) is influencing retrofit and new build thinking for East Midlands Housing Group.

Advising on development of a ‘solar house’ which stores solar heat energy from the summer underground, and uses it to heat the house during the winter. This is under construction in Great Glen near Leicester by Caplin Homes.  I was interviewed about this on Radio Leicester in March and it featured in the Leicester Mercury.


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