Dr Arash Beizaee

Job: Senior Lecturer in Energy & Built Environment (VC2020)

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

T: +44 (0)116 250 6550

E: arash.beizaee@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/research/centres-institutes/iesd/index.aspx


Personal profile

Dr Arash Beizaee is a senior lecturer in Energy and Built Environment based at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD). He is programme leader for MSc Energy and Sustainable Building Design and MSc Energy and Sustainable Development.

Arash is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He is the student activities chair at the UK Midlands Chapter and the founder and student branch advisor of the ASHRAE student branch at De Montfort University.

He has broad interests in the design, construction and operation of high performance, energy efficient buildings. His research expertise lies in the following areas:

  • Energy and environmental monitoring in buildings
  • Building performance modelling
  • Data mining and machine learning for building energy analysis
  • Low energy building services design

Arash is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He teaches across postgraduate and undergraduate courses and supervises many PhD and MSc students. He is module leader for Building Performance Modelling module and deputy module leader for Building Physics module in MSc Energy and Sustainable Building Design. He also teaches Thermodynamics and Theory of Machines in BEng Mechanical Engineering.

Arash has worked on a number of multidisciplinary research projects (large field trials in domestic sector) and has also completed consultancy work for the UK's department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Arash is a graduate of London- Loughborough EPSRC centre for doctoral research in Energy Demand; a collaboration between UCL and Loughborough University. He received his PhD for his thesis entitled 'Measuring and Modelling the Energy Demand Reduction Potential of Using Zonal Space Heating Control in a UK home'. Prior to PhD, he completed MRes in Energy Demand Studies and MSc in Building Services Engineering both with distinction from Loughborough University. Arash’s background is in Mechanical Engineering (Heat and Fluids).

Publications and outputs 

Lomas K.J., Oliviera S., Warren P., Haines V.J., Chatterton T., Beizaee A., Prestwood E., Gething B. "Do Domestic Heating Controls Save Energy?  A Review of the Evidence." Journal of Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 2018; Vol 93: pp. 52-75.

Beizaee, A., Allinson D., Lomas, K.J., Foda, E. and Loveday, D., "Measuring the Potential of Zonal Space Heating Controls to Reduce Energy use in UK homes: the case of 1930s dwellings". Journal of Energy and Buildings 2015; Vol 92: pp. 29-44.

Beizaee, A., Lomas, K.J., Firth, S.K., "National Survey of Summertime Temperatures and Overheating Risk in English Homes". Journal of Building and Environment 2013; Vol 65: pp. 1-17.

Beizaee, A., Firth, S.K., Vadodaria, K. and Loveday, D., “Assessing the ability of PMV model in predicting thermal sensation in naturally ventilated buildings in UK”. Proceedings of 7th Windsor Conference: The changing context of comfort in an unpredictable world, London, UK, April 2012.

Beizaee, A., and Firth, S.K., “A Comparison of Calculated and Subjective Thermal Comfort Sensation in Home and Office Environment”. Proceedings of Conference: People and Buildings, Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings, London, UK, September 2011.

Mallaband, B. Haines V., Morton A., Foda E., Beizaee A., Beckhelling J., Allinson D., Loveday D. & Lomas K. " Saving energy in the home through digital feedback and control systems: An introduction to the DEFACTO project". Proceedings of Behave Energy Conference 2014, the University of Oxford, 3-4 September 2014.

Research interests/expertise

Energy in Buildings, Monitoring buildings, Modelling, Thermal Comfort in built environment

Areas of teaching

Building Performance Modelling, Building Physics, Thermodynamics


BSc Mechanical Engineering: Heat and Fluids,MSc Building Services Engineering (distinction), MRes Built Environment: Energy Demand Studies (distinction), PhD Civil and Building Engineering

Honours and awards

ARCC & Homes and Communities Agency Research Impact Prize 2015

Pick Everards Prize for Best Final Year Research Project at MSc Building Services Engineering at Loughborough University 2013

Winner of Best Paper at LoLo CDT Paper Competition for the Paper "National Survey of Summertime Temperatures and Overheating Risk in English Homes" 2013

Full EPSRC Scholarship for 4 years during MRes and PhD studies 2011

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers

Member of International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA)

Member of the Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation Research Network (TEDDINET)

Professional licences and certificates

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE)- De Montfort University


Consultancy work

Heating Controls Scoping Review Project (for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change) (2016): systematically collect, synthesise and evaluate the quality of literature on domestic heating controls in terms of energy savings, cost effectiveness and usability and identify evidence gaps. The report produced contributed to one of the Department’s key policy priorities to decarbonise heat.

Current research students

Nittalin Phunapai, PhD, Full Time, 1st supervisor

Jamal Saif, PhD, Full Time, 2nd supervisor

Bilal Messahel, PhD, Full Time, 2nd supervisor

Ozan Tasli, PhD, Full Time, 2nd supervisor

Professional esteem indicators

Journal Referee:  Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, Building Research & Information, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE), Indoor and Built Environment, Advances in Building Energy Research, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Energies

Conference Referee: CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2017, LoLo CDT student conference

Student Advisor for DMU ASHRAE student branch

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