Job: Senior Research Fellow
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
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.
Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development
Click here for a full listing of Birgit Painter's publications and outputs.
Building performance analysis, visual comfort, thermal comfort, HDR imaging.
Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Energy and Sustainability Management
Energy in Buildings
Climate and Daylight Analysis
Climate change and sustainable development
Energy and sustainable building design
Energy and industrial sustainability
CIBSE, 12/2009 – present, affiliate
Society of Light and Lighting (SLL), 12/2009 – present, affiliate
EC-glazing – A retrofit case study (the VIEW project), Clephan Building DMU, ongoing, supported by SAGE Glass and Saint Gobain.
Ruth Kelly, PhD FT, 1st supervisor
Rallou-Eleni Diadoti, PhD FT, 2nd supervisor
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.
Electro-chromic glazing, funding for a PhD student (with John Mardaljevic), Oct 2011 – ongoing.
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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