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This website is manageged by Pieter de Wilde, Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde in the UK. Pieter is an expert in building science, with a focus on thermal aspects. His main research emphasis is on thermal building performance simulation, and its use in the building services and engineering community. He also has an interest in building performance monitoring in the actual day-to-day context of buildings, which enables critical reflection on the validity of computational results, and their meaning in building design, operation and facility management practice.  All of this has provided the foundations for a wide interest that covers all aspects of building performance.


Within this wider context, Pieter is recognized for his work on the ‘energy performance gap’: the mismatch between predicted and measured building energy efficiency. His paper in Automation in Construction from 2014 on the subject has been widely cited. In general, Pieter now takes the position that there are different kinds of performance gaps, and these have a wide number of root causes. Amongst these causes is a mismatch between anticipated and actual building occupancy. In the area of building occupant behaviour, Pieter observes a range of patterns, which range from highly random (such as research students in a lab) to highly structured and predictable (such as patient flows in an operating theatre).


Pieter is the recipient of the IBPSA Outstanding Young Contributor Award 2003, and held a Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowship 2012-2013. He is director at large and secretary of IBPSA, and chair of EG-ICE. He sits on the editorial board of the academic journals Advanced Engineering Informatics, Applied Energy and the Journal of Building Performance Simulation. He has published over 240 publications, including a major monograph on the subject of Building Performance Analysis (Wiley, 2008). He has personally attracted over £3.5m in research funding from a range of funding sources such as the UK Research Councils, European Union and industry. He has a strong national and international network with connections to the USA, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Korea, Turkey, China and others, all in terms of joint research, publications and research student supervision. Pieter has been a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College since 2017. He is the manager of the MSc High Performance Buildings at Plymouth, which he set up in 2016 and which is fully accredited by CIBSE.


This website is provided to encourage an exchange of ideas about building performance. The author does not accept any liability for the use of information taken from this website. 



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