Dr Birgit Painter

Job: Associate Professor

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 long-term member of the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD), with particular interests in building performance evaluation and smart/advanced built environment. 

Following the award of the degree of Diplom-Ingenieur in Environmental Technology (TH Lübeck, Germany), Birgit first joined the IESD as a research student, and completed a PhD project with a focus on personal exposure to particulate matter. She has subsequently been involved in various research activities regarding building performance evaluation, looking at visual and thermal comfort, and linking qualitative performance data to human factors. Birgit has experience in environmental monitoring, particularly regarding the design and execution of long-term data collection campaigns. 

Birgit is programme leader for the IET accredited course MSc Engineering Management. She teaches on the IESD’s MSc courses, as module leader for Sustainable Buildings, and supervises PhD and MSc projects.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development

Publications and outputs 

Click here for a full listing of Birgit Painter's publications and outputs. 

Research interests/expertise

Building performance assessment - multidisciplinary work in environmental science, including:

  • Sustainable buildings - energy efficient design and operation.
  • Smart built environment (Smart Cities, BIM).
  • Building performance analysis, post-occupancy evaluation of environmental and human factors.
  • Visual and thermal comfort studies.
  • Air quality monitoring and analysis.
  • Longitudinal post-occupancy studies.

Areas of teaching

Sustainable built environment, Energy in buildings, Passive building design


PhD – De Montfort University

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) – University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck, Germany

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) - De Montfort University

Membership of professional associations and societies

MCIBSE - Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers

FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Affiliate Member of the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL)

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

Nagah Ali, PhD, Full time, 2ndsupervisor

Shafiaa Alghamdi, PhD, Full time, 2ndsupervisor

Nittalin Phunapai, PhD, Full time, 2ndsupervisor

Externally funded research grants information

Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship ‘Integrated building performance’, 2017-18

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.


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