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Dr Andrew Wright

Job: Reader in Building Engineering Physics

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

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



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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. 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

Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development

Key research outputs

Qiu, Z., Ma, X., Li, P., Zhao, X., and Wright, A. (2017) Micro-encapsulated phase change material (MPCM) slurries: Characterization and building applications. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 77, pp. 246–262

Naranjo-Mendoza, C., Oyinlola, M., Wright, A. and Greenough, R. (2018) A comparison of analytical and numerical model predictions of shallow soil temperature variation with experimental measurements. Geothermics, 76, pp. 38-49.

Mendoza, C., Oyinlola, M., Wright, A. and Greenough, R. (2019) Experimental study of a domesticsolar assisted ground source heatpump with seasonal underground thermal storage through shallowboreholes. Applied Thermal Engineering

Naranjo-Mendoza, C., Greenough, R.M. and Wright, A.J. (2018) Are shallow boreholes a suitable option for inter-seasonal ground heat storage for the small housing sector?. In: Proceedings of the IGSHPA Research Track 2018, 18th - 20th September 2018, Stockholm, Sweden.

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

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

Research interests/expertise

Energy in buildings and thermal storage, modelling, monitoring and climate change in relation to buildings, retrofit.

Areas of teaching

Low carbon energy, sustainable buildings, research skills.


BSc Applied Maths, MSc Atmospheric Physics, PhD

Courses taught

Building physics, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Buildings, Research Methods. (IESD MSc courses).

Honours and awards

British Science Association Media Fellow 2011

Membership of external committees

CIBSE: Member of 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 -


SAVES2 - Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings 2. This EU project is helping students to save energy and reduce exposure to fuel poverty. It incorporates two strands that engage with students living in university accommodation (Student Switch Off) and in the private-rented sector (SAVES). 

Conference attendance

International Conference on Energy, Environment and Economics (ICEEE2019) 20-22 August 2019, Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh.

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.

Key articles information

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Consultancy work

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

Current research students




Carlos Naranjo-Mendoz

Full-time 2nd

Evangelos Sakellariou

Full-time 1st

Alfonso Senatore

Part-time 1st

Jamal Saif

Full-time 1st 

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:

Mainly: Energy and buildings; Building and Environment; Building Services Research Information and Technology; Applied Energy; Building Services Engineering Research & Technology.

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.