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Centre for Sustainable Development

Est 2000 - home of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

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Dr Tim Forman

Dr. Tim Forman (BA MSc PhD) is a Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Development.

Tim’s research, teaching and professional backgrounds relate to the design, construction and renovation of buildings and to improving sustainability and resilience in the built environment under current and future climate conditions.

Tim holds a PhD (2016) and an MSc (2011) in ‘Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design’ from the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. He earned his BA (2003) with a focus in architectural theory and sustainability from Hampshire College (USA). His academic background includes design, building science, sustainability theory, and socio-technical analysis. Outside of academic training, he has broad experience working in construction using conventional as well as low-cost and low-impact approaches.

Tim’s research has addressed technical, social and policy challenges related to energy demand reduction in existing buildings. His current work is focused on assessment and reduction of unintended consequences in thermal insulation retrofit of solid masonry walls. He is working in collaboration to develop a novel application of building performance evaluation technology and assess hygrothermal modelling software.

Tim has led and supported teaching of a range of topics in architecture and engineering at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This has included: energy performance, resource flows, retrofit, sustainable conservation of historical structures, advanced building management, building information modelling, and policy analysis. He has presented to numerous industry and policymaker audiences and is a regular participant in debate and public-academic forums. He is a member of the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings and serves on its technical working group for retrofit. He is also a member of the Edge think tank and of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

Publications

Wang, Y., Sun, T., Fabian, M., Grattan, K. T. V., Forman, T., & Mutschler, R. (2017). Development of optical fibre humidity sensors for assessing the quality of housing insulation materials. In ICOCN 2016 - 2016 15th International Conference on Optical Communications and Networks.

Forman, T., et al. (2016). 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. (2016). 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.

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.

 

 

Tim Forman