Tim Forman is a Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Development. He has a background in sustainability, architecture and construction and his expertise includes energy efficient design and retrofitting of existing buildings. His research addresses the technical, practical and social challenges to improving sustainability and resilience in the existing built environment.
Tim’s current work at the Centre is focussed on thermal insulation retrofitting of solid walls in buildings. He is developing novel techniques for the assessment of moisture in retrofitted building fabric, studying unintended consequences in historical retrofit works, and pursuing innovation in insulation materials and application systems. Tim began working at the Centre in November 2015.
In his doctoral and post-doctoral work, Tim has combined physical science research methods with social research and socio-technical and policy critiques. His doctoral research, which recently passed examination at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, was the first major study to highlight problems in specification and installation practices in the UK solid wall insulation domestic retrofit industry. Tim earned an MSc in ‘Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design’ from the Welsh School of Architecture (2011) and a BA with a focus in architectural theory and sustainability from Hampshire College in the United States (2003). He has worked on a range of conventional and green construction projects as a builder and contractor. He teaches topics related to sustainability and energy use in buildings, architectural design, existing buildings, and advanced building management.
Tim is a member of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management. Tim’s research is currently supported by a donation from Kingspan Insulation, Ltd.
Forman, T. (2016). Practice, policy and professional roles: unintended consequences and performance gaps in UK domestic solid wall insulation retrofit projects. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
Forman, T., & Tweed, C. (2016). The impact of UK Government policy instruments on quality in domestic solid wall insulation retrofit projects. In J. Patterson & F. Varriale (Eds.), Smart Energy Regions (pp. 98–108). Cardiff, UK: The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
Forman, T., & Tweed, C. (2014). Unintended consequences of solid wall insulation. In: Solid wall heat losses and the potential for energy saving (pp. 69–99). Watford, UK: Building Research Establishment, for Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Forman, T., & Tweed, C. (2014). Solid wall insulation retrofit in UK dwellings: critical factors affecting management and quality. In A. B. Raiden & E. Aboagye-Nimo (Eds.), Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) 30th Annual Conference (2014). Portsmouth, UK: ARCOM.
Forman, T., et al. (forthcoming). Improving building energy performance in universities: the case study of the University of Cambridge. In W. L. Filho, L. Brandli, J. Newman, & P. Castro (Eds.), World Symposium on Sustainable Development. Cambridge, MA.
Forman, T., et al. (forthcoming). Improving building energy performance in universities: the case study of the University of Cambridge. In W. L. Filho, L. Brandli, J. Newman, & P. Castro (Eds.), Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education. Springer.