Dr Birgit Painter

Job: Senior Research Fellow

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 7957

E: bpainter@dmu.ac.uk

W: iesd.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr Birgit Painter is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development with particular interests in visual comfort, building performance monitoring and air quality.

Following the award of the degree of Diplom-Ingenieur in Environmental Technology from Fachhochschule Lübeck (Germany), Birgit first joined the IESD as a research student.  Her PhD project concerned personal exposure to particulate matter, focusing on the short-term variability of ultrafine particle concentrations in vehicles, and the resulting driver exposure.

Birgit has been involved in various research activities regarding building monitoring and comfort at IESD.  Her First Grant ‘VisCom’ project investigated visual comfort in daylit offices with the aim to link luminance measurements, based on high-dynamic range (HDR) imaging techniques, with users’ feedback regarding glare perception in real-world office environments. Similar techniques are also used in the current EC glazing project, where the use of state-of-the art electrochromic glazing in real world offices is evaluated.  Birgit has experience in various areas of environmental monitoring, particularly regarding the design and execution of long-term data collection campaigns.

Birgit supervises PhD and MSc projects and teaches on the IESD’s MSc courses, where she is module leader for Energy in Buildings.  She is also course leader for the new interdisciplinary BSc (Hons) Energy and Sustainability Management.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

Building performance analysis, visual comfort, thermal comfort, HDR imaging.

Areas of teaching

Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Energy and Sustainability Management

Energy in Buildings

Climate and Daylight Analysis



Dipl.-Ing. (FH)

Courses taught

Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Energy and Sustainability Management

Climate change and sustainable development

Energy and sustainable building design

Energy and industrial sustainability


Membership of professional associations and societies

CIBSE, 12/2009 – present, affiliate
Society of Light and Lighting (SLL), 12/2009 – present, affiliate

Conference attendance

  • Painter B, Brown N and Cook M, Evaluation of sensors for post-occupancy building monitoring, Proceedings of IEECB 2010, 13-14 April 2010, Frankfurt, Germany, (2010), presentation at refereed conference.
  • Painter B, Mardaljevic J and Fan D, Monitoring daylight provision and glare perception in office environments, Proc CIB World Congress, 11-13 May, Salford, UK, (2010), presentation at refereed conference.
  • Painter B, Fan D and Mardaljevic J, Evidence-based daylight research: development of a new visual comfort monitoring method, Proc Lux Europa 2009, 11th Int Lighting Conf, 09-11 Sept, Istanbul, (2009), presentation at refereed conference (funded by First Grant EP/E027148/1).
  • Fan D, Painter B and Mardaljevic J, A data collection method for long-term field studies of visual comfort in real-world daylit office environments, Proc PLEA (Passive and Low-Energy Architecture), 21-24 June, Quebec City, Canada, pp 251-256, (2009), ISBN: 978-2-7637-893, presentation at refereed conference (funded by First Grant EP/E027148/1).

Consultancy work

EC-glazing – A retrofit case study (the VIEW project), Clephan Building DMU, ongoing, supported by SAGE Glass and Saint Gobain.

Current research students

Ruth Kelly, PhD FT, 1st supervisor

Rallou-Eleni Diadoti, PhD FT, 2nd supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

Quantifying Visual Discomfort in the Daylit Workplace using a High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging Approach, EPSRC, 2007-2010, First grant (Principal investigator), EP/E027148/1, £183,000.

Internally funded research project information

Electro-chromic glazing, funding for a PhD student (with John Mardaljevic), Oct 2011 – ongoing.

Professional esteem indicators

Journal Refereeing information:

Building and Environment, 2009 - present, reviewer

Building Research and Information, 2011 – present, reviewer

Applied Energy, 2010 – present, reviewer


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