Supervisors: Dr Ali Bahadori-Jahromi - (UWL), Dr. Anastasia Mylona – (CIBSE)
Title of Project: Impact of the Uses of Various Technologies on the Thermal Performance and Efficiency of UK Hotel Buildings: Application to Hilton Hotels and Resorts
The complex and wide-ranging effects of global warming which are as a result of anthropogenic climate change is now widely acknowledged. Generally, global warming major mitigation strategies are geared towards reduction of Green House Gases (GHG) emission especially Carbon-dioxide (CO2), this has resulted to the formulation of several measures to ensure cleaner sustainable energy sources and efficiency in all facets of human lives. The United Kingdom (UK) is one of the leading countries taking bold steps towards reducing CO2 emissions, the UK has an ambitious target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. To achieve this goal, the UK government has put a great deal of attention towards ensuring energy efficiency in buildings (residential and commercial) as they are responsible for at least 47% of overall CO2 emissions.
Since most of the buildings in the UK are already existing ones whose energy efficiency must be improved in order to significantly reduce emissions from buildings. Therefore, considerable amount of researches have been focused towards improving the thermal performance and efficiency of dwellings because they account for most of existing buildings and statistics have shown that they consume more energy. However, it is equally important to improve the efficiency of commercial buildings which hotels are among the major CO2 emission contributors.
The aim of this research is to study the impact of various technologies on the thermal performance and efficiency of UK hotel buildings through the use of a Computational Fluid Dynamic software (application to Hilton hotels). With a focus on the knock-on effects that these technologies have on the overall energy performance and efficiency of UK hotels either installed individually or in various combinations.
The research aim is undertaken by critical review of state-of-the-art on the subject area, succeeded by data collection, analysis and dynamic simulation of selected Hilton hotels.
List of peer-reviewed publications:
Moreta, P.M., Rotimi, A.J., Kawuwa, A.S. and López-Querol. (2016) ‘Practical application of numerical modelling to overbank flows in a compound river channel’, Sustainable Hydraulics in the Era of Global change: Proceedings of the 4th IAHR Europe congress, Liege, Belgium, July 2016.