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Athanasios Lykartsis

School of Computing and Engineering

Supervisors: Dr Ali Bahadori-Jahromi (UWL), Dr Anastasia Mylona (CIBSE)

Title of the project: Resilience of buildings to extreme weather events

Scope of this research is to study the resilience of three different types of buildings (high-, medium- and low risk) buildings under extreme weather conditions. The extreme events that will be investigated are extreme hot, extreme cold and heavy rain. Simulation software packages will be used in order to estimate the performance of the building. Factors that have a negative contribution to the resilience of the building will be identified and alternate solutions will be presented.

In order to achieve its goals this research will make use of two different software packages. The study of effects of the extreme hot and cold weather will be investigated with the help of EDSL TAS software. Research will look into how the internal conditions are affected, optimum sizing of the mechanical ventilation of the building, types of lighting, sizing and types of windows and various façade types. The effects of heavy rainfall and flooding will be investigated with the help of XPSWMM software. Topography and drainage system of the area of the buildings will be modelled and flooding risks will be estimated. For all the examined extreme weather events applicable solutions to the issues that have a negative effect on the resilience of the building will be identified. Also proposed changes in order to encounter these issues will be presented.

Biography

Athanasios Lykartsis is a doctoral student in the School of Computing and Technology at the University of West London studying under the supervision of Dr Ali Bahadori-Jahromi and Dr Anastasia Mylona. The working title of the PhD research is 'Resilience of Buildings to Extreme Weather Events' and is a match funding project between the University of West London and CIBSE.

This research examines the effect of extreme weather events on the resilience of various types of buildings. It looks into the impact of extreme hot, extreme cold and heavy rainfall and assesses and analyses the vulnerability of the examined buildings to each of the extreme weather events. This study will also identify and present solutions to mitigate potential risks due to extreme events.

In 2013 I completed the postgraduate course, MSc Advanced Computational and Civil Engineer Structural Studies at the TU Dresden where I presented my Master Thesis with the title 'Investigation of Passive House Standard profitability for a residential building at different locations in Europe'. During the period of my Master studies I have mainly focused on the areas of building physics, passive house and thermal and energy simulations. Prior to that I graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace. My research interests include thermal and energy performance of the buildings, resilient buildings and cities, building simulation and flood design.