Summer Research Scholar 2011/2012

Our summer scholar for the 2011/2012 period is James Sullivan from Victoria University.

James is studying towards a Masters in Building Science and has a particular interest in energy performance and sustainability. His research scholarship is organised by Victoria University of Wellington's Architecture and Building Science Faculty Summer Scholars Grant, and jointly funded by Victoria University and Studio Pacific.

James' research will continue the work begun by last year's summer scholar, Stuart Taylor. This research investigated the empirical impact of various measures to reduce energy consumption in a number of newly built houses designed by Studio Pacific. Building on the results of this study, James will investigate the most economical ways of raising the thermal performance of the eight case study houses, research other factors beyond the four improvement measures included in the previous study that may have an impact on thermal performance, and examine the cumulative impacts of differing combinations of factors.