Person

Paul Cooper

Professor Paul Cooper is the founding Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). Paul has been involved in a wide range of research on sustainable buildings, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics over the past 35 years. He holds a bachelor in Electrical Engineering, a masters in Science and Technology Studies and a PhD in Heat Transfer, all from Imperial College London. He has published over 165 journal and conference articles. Prior to his present appointment as the Director of the SBRC, Paul was the Head of the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Wollongong.
Guide

Guide to implementing low carbon retrofits for social housing

This guide is intended as a simple to use reference for social housing asset managers and others involved in social housing upgrades.
Systematic review

What are the effects of residential building energy performance disclosure policies on property values?

A rapid systematic review of international academic literature suggests that home buyers typically value a more energy efficient home, and when presented with easily accessible information in the form of an energy performance rating, are willing to pay more to live in one.
Report

Mainstreaming low carbon retrofits in social housing: final report

This report provides a summary of activities completed under the CRC for Low Carbon Living RP3044 ‘Mainstreaming Low Carbon Retrofits in Social Housing’. This two-year project provided real world evaluation of a range of energy efficiency upgrades undertaken in Social Housing properties around NSW, considering...
Report

Above-roof temperature impacts on heating penalties of large cool roofs in Australian climates: final report

This report outlines the key outcomes of research project RP1037u1 ‘Above-Roof Temperature Impacts on Heating Penalties of Large Cool Roofs in Australian Climates’, an extension to project RP1037 ‘Driving increased utilisation of cool roofs on large-footprint buildings’. The research has been focused on two key...
Conference paper

Near-roof air temperatures: modelling the implications for HVAC performance and cool roofs

Conventionally in building performance simulations (BPS), it is assumed that air entering outdoor HVAC equipment is at the outdoor ‘ambient’ temperature, obtained from a weather file. However, significant spatial variations exist in outdoor air temperature fields, especially within the thermal boundary layers that form near...