Dr John Richard Littlewood BSc (hons) PhD FHEA ACIAT

 

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Specialist Subject Areas

Ecological Design, Construction and Operation of Buildings; Housing; Diagnostic Modelling, Monitoring and Testing of Construction Quality, Environmental & Energy Performance for Buildings: in Construction / in Operation; Architectural Science & Technology; Building Occupancy Evaluation & Impacts on Health; Biodiversity & Organic Food Production.

Qualifications

ISO18436 PCN Level I (General) Accredited and Level II (Civil Engineering) Accredited Infra-Red Thermography, British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (2014).
Domestic Air Tightness Testing Accredited, British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (2014).
Domestic Air Tightness Testing Qualified, Building Science Research Information Association (2012).
ISO18436 PCN Level I Thermographer, Certified – InfraRed Training Centre, Flir (2011).
PhD: A study of the design and thermal performance of two storey earth sheltered houses (2001).
BSc (Hons) First in Building Surveying (1996)

Biography

John trained as a Building Surveyor before specialising as an Architectural Technologist with an Environmentalist bias and has 21 years’ experience in academia and industry. John has worked with numerous housing charities, and housing associations and also one of Europe’s leading design consultancies: BDP; in Housing Design, Project Management and also Sustainable Consultancy. He is currently co-editing a book with Dr Catalina Spataru of the UCL Energy Institute (https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=CSPAT02) and Professor Robert Howlett of KES International (http://rjhowlett.complexnet.co.uk/); to be published in 2016 by Springer entitled ‘Smart Energy Systems and Buildings for a Sustainable Future’. The book came out of the 6th International Sustainability and Energy in Buildings conference, which John Chaired and hosted in Cardiff in June 2014. John is co-authoring a number of the chapters based on his current research and that of one of his doctoral students – John Cosgrove, on the Professional Doctorate: Ecological Building Practices (http://cardiff-school-of-art-and-design.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Prof-Doc-05.12_Layout-1.pdf). John is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (http://www.bindt.org/) and also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (http://www.ciat.org.uk/).

John founded (in 2009) and Heads the Ecological Built Environment Research & Enterprise (EBERE) group (http://cardiff-school-of-art-and-design.org/research/ebere/) as a mechanism to develop and promote research, enterprise, learning and teaching in the built environment field; where none existed before at Cardiff Met – before he joined in 2007. EBERE is a recognised research theme in the Welsh Institute for Research in Art & Design. One of the catalysts for founding EBERE came from John establishing the pathway ‘Ecological Building Practices’ (D.EBP) on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Professional Doctorate Programme, in 2009 (http://cardiff-school-of-art-and-design.org/researchdegrees/profdoc/). In 2015, there are six students undertaking the DEBP.

EBERE brings together research in a wide area including building performance and evaluation of occupancy and user behaviour in dwellings, from single units to multi-storey apartments; and also heritage buildings in Wales. In particular, developing methods to test the construction quality and heating system operation, and monitor the impacts upon performance (thermal primarily and also smoke/fire), energy use, internal and external environmental conditions and associated carbon emissions and impacts upon occupant comfort and health. This work with dwellings, is with a number of housing associations in south Wales, including Coastal Housing Group (http://www.coastalhousing.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx) and includes both new dwellings and also existing deprived dwellings undergoing retrofit measures. Other research includes mapping through 3D laser scanning of heritage buildings and investigating the impacts of climate change on their users and construction fabric. John works closely with Professor George Karani (http://cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/staff/Pages/Prof-George-Karani.aspx), John Counsell, Nick Evans and Anthony Whyman in EBERE.

John has been active with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) since the early 2000s and is part of the Welsh branch. He has been a member of a number of national CIAT committees, including the Research Committee. John has also actively been involved in various international conferences founding and Chairing tracks and sessions including the Biodiversity and the Built Environment track at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors COBRA conference in 2009 and 2010. Since 2011 John has chaired numerous invited and general tracks in Sustainable Buildings and Monitoring Environmental Performance at the Sustainability and Energy in Buildings (SEB) International Conference (SEB’11, SEB’12, SEB’13, SEB’14, SEB’15 (http://seb-15.sustainedenergy.org/gentracks.php)) and was General Chair of the SEB14 conference (http://seb14.sustainedenergy.org/).

Current research

John is an applied researcher. In addition to heading EBERE (see above) John is a member of the Wales Institute of Research in Art & Design (WIRAD) and a member of Community Housing Cymru’s (http://www.chcymru.org.uk/) Energy Group, Fire Safety Group and Technical Services Forum. Over the years his research interests have become diverse, leading him to supervise PhDs in areas such as Benchmarking Food-Production & Novel Beehives; Thermography in New Low Carbon Dwellings & Retrofitted Deprived Dwellings; Novel Heating & Cooling Systems for Buildings, such as building integrated earth tubes and micro-biomass; Rammed earth and Straw-bale Construction; and Ecological Housing for Kuwait. His core interests lie in Optimising the Design, Construction & Operation of Housing; Diagnostic Monitoring and Testing of Performance in Buildings and impacts upon Occupant health and comfort; and Ecological Approaches to Buildings.

A common theme in them all is a desire to place people, their homes and communities at the heart of research, aimed at creating ‘real world’ impact, for an ecological future.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Click here to view Dr Littlewood’s papers and publications on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s DSpace repository.

•IN REVIEW: LITTLEWOOD, J. R. SPATARU, C. HOWLETT, R, J. 2016. ‘Smart Energy Systems and Buildings for a Sustainable Future’. Springer; Heidelberg, Germany.

• IN REVIEW: LITTLEWOOD, J. R. SMALLWOOD, I. 2016. Is that it for exhaust air source heat pumps – a Welsh Low Carbon Housing case study; Chapter: TBC. In: ‘Smart Energy Systems and Buildings for a Sustainable Future’. Ed: Littlewood, J. R. ;Spataru, C. Howlett, R, J. Springer; Heidelberg, Germany.

• IN REVIEW: COSGROVE, J. LITTLEWOOD, J. R. WILGEROTH, P. 2016 Development of a Framework for Mapping Energy Usage and Carbon Dioxide Emissions in an Advanced Manufacturing Facility; Chapter: TBC. In: ‘Smart Energy Systems and Buildings for a Sustainable Future’. Ed: Littlewood, J. R. ;Spataru, C. Howlett, R, J. Springer; Heidelberg, Germany.

• IN REVIEW: LITTLEWOOD, J. R. SMALLWOOD, I. 2015. Testing building fabric performance and the impacts upon occupant safety, energy use and carbon inefficiencies in dwellings. Energy Procedia, December, pp. TBC.

• IN REVIEW: ATKINSON, J. LITTLEWOOD, J. R. KARANI. G. GEENS, A, J. 2015. Did ARBED I save energy in Wales? deprived dwellings. Energy Procedia, December, pp. TBC.

• LITTLEWOOD, J. R. DAVIES, G, J. SMALLWOORD, I. 2014. Energy and Environmental Performance of the Abertridwr Community – First Winter Season. Energy Procedia, Volume 62, December, Pages 532–542.

• Hammoudi, A. Karani, G. Littlewood, J, R. 2014. Road traffic accidents amongst drivers in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Journal of Traffic Logistics & Engineering. Vol 2. Pp 7-12.

• NOORAEI, M. LITTLEWOOD, J. R. EVANS, N. I. 2013. Feedback from occupants in ‘as designed’ low-carbon apartments, a case study in Swansea, UK. Energy Procedia, Volume 42 – Elsevier, November 2013, pp. 446-456.

• LITTLEWOOD, J, R. 2013. Chapter Four – Assessing and monitoring the thermal performance of dwellings, Chapter Four. In: Architectural Technology: Research & Practice. Editor: EMMITT, S. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford, UK.

• HOPPER, J.; LITTLEWOOD, J.; GEENS, A.; KARANI, G., COUNSELL, J. AND THOMAS, A. 2012. Assessing retrofitted external wall insulation using infrared thermography. Structural Survey. 30 (3), pp.245 – 266.

Selected Conference Papers / Presentations (recent)

• BUTLER. T. J. LITTLEWOOD, J. R. GEENS, A. J. 2014. Earth Tube Systems: Tempering Fresh Air in a Canadian Climate. Paper presented as a poster at – CIBSE/ASHRAE Technical Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, 3-4 April 2014. Cited at: http://www.cibse.org/getmedia/661f198c-7756-49ce-8202-bd1c790e3c19/Session-4-Poster-3-Earth.pdf.aspx.

• COSGROVE, J. LITTLEWOOD, J. R. WILGEROTH, P. 2014. Case Study on Energy Management in a Medical Devices Production Facility. Paper presented as a poster at – CIBSE/ASHRAE Technical Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, 3-4 April 2014.Cited at: http://www.cibse.org/Knowledge/CIBSE-Technical-Symposium-2014/Case-Study-on-Energy-Management-in-a-Medical-Device.

• ALHAZIM. M. LITTLEWOOD, J. R. CANAVAN. K. CAREY. P. 2013. Design Philosophy of the traditional Kuwaiti house. Short track paper accepted and presented at the 2013 Mediterranean Green Energy Forum International Conference, 16 to 21 June, 2013, Fez, Morocco. In Vol. 1: 2013 Sustainability in Energy and Buildings: Research Advances, http://nimbusvault.net/publications/koala/SEBRA/index.html; pp. 45-52.

• Taylor, T., Littlewood, J., Goodhew, S., Geens, A., Counsell, J., Hopper, J., Blanch, T. & Sharp, D. 2012. In-construction testing of the thermal performance of dwellings using thermography. Session F-Chapter Two. In: Sustainability in Energy and Buildings – Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB’11). Editors: Nacer M’Sirdi and Aziz Namaane and Robert J. Howlett and Lakhmi C. Jain. Vol. 12. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany. pp.307-318. ISBN: 978-3-642-27508-1.

• LITTLEWOOD, J. R. TOLEDO, L. 2012. Knowledge ‘place’ map of Swansea – The Urban Village Project. Paper presented and published in the proceedings for The Production of Place 2012 International Conference, University of East London, UK; 8th to 9th December 2012. Cited at: http://www.tpop2012.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/tpop2012_Knowledge-%E2%80%98Place%E2%80%99-Map-of-Swansea.pdf.

• Hammoudi, A. Karani, G. and Littlewood, J. 2013. Causes of traffic accidents among pedestrians in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Proc. 2nd International Conference on Computational Techniques and Artificial Intelligence (ICCTAI’2013), Eds. March 17-18, 2013 Dubai (UAE), pp 207-211.

• HOPPER, J. LITTLEWOOD, J, R. GEENS, A, J. FOX, C. COUNSELL, J. A. THOMAS, A. Developing monitoring protocols for dwellings undergoing low carbon retrofit solutions, Wales, UK. Paper presented and published in the conference proceedings for the Retrofit 2012 Conference, 24-26 January 2012, University of Salford, Salford, UK. Cited at: http://www.salford.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/142377/011-Hopper.pdf

• LITTLEWOOD, J, R. TAYLOR, T. DAVIES, G. JOHN. D. How to minimise space heating to dwellings in Wales, UK through the use of exhaust air source heat pumps: results of a post-occupancy monitoring study in Bargoed, UK. Paper accepted to be presented as a poster and published in the proceedings for the World Sustainable Building Conference SB11 Helsinki, 18-21st October 2011, Finnish Association of Civil Engineers, Helsinki, Finland.

• HATHERLEY, S. LITTLEWOOD, J, R. COUNSELL, J. A. GEENS, A, J. SINNETT, N. An exploration of the challenges facing developers of affordable dwellings following low carbon and ecological principles, in rural locations in Wales, UK. Paper accepted to be presented as an oral presentation and published in the proceedings for the World Sustainable Building Conference SB11 Helsinki, 18-21st October 2011, Finnish Association of Civil Engineers, Helsinki, Finland, pp. forthcoming.

Awards

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors prize. Building Surveying (1996)

Selected Enterprise and Grant Awards
• Cardiff Metropolitan University Research Enterprise Investment Fund, in collaboration with Coastal Housing Group and the University of Plymouth, £114k, 2015.
• Short KTP with Morganstone Building Contractors (in collaboration with Coastal Housing Group) InnovateUK/Welsh Government £73K, 2015;
• Short KTP with Greenhill Building Contractors (in collaboration Melin Homes) Welsh Government £50K, 2013;
• Technology Strategy Board / United Welsh Housing Association – Building Performance Evaluation, £60K, 2012;
• Reverse SIP with Geoff Pettifor, £3K, 2011;
• HEFCU Donation Top-Up – £14K, 2011;
• Coastal Housing Group Donation – £28K, 2010;
• KESS PhD Scholarship with Prof A. Geens, ESF / Coastal Housing Group, £54.6K, 2010;
• KESS PhD Scholarship with Prof A. Geens & J. Counsell, ESF/ Pembrokeshire Housing Association, £54.6K 2010;
• ERDF / Coastal Housing Group with Evans, Counsell, Low Carbon Built Environment, led by Cardiff University, £279K of £34Million, 2010.
• KESS PhD Scholarship with Prof A. Geens & J. Counsell (ESF / Coastal Housing Group, £54.6K, 2009);
• KESS PhD Scholarship with Prof A. Geens & J. Counsell (ESF/ United Welsh Housing Association, £54.6K 2009);
• Double Associate KTP with Prof. Brooksbank and Evans, National Botanic Garden of Wales, TSB/WG, £257K, 2009;
• UWIC Capital Bids, £7.5K, 2008;
• EPSRC research grant, led by University of Salford – £175K of £2.5Million, 2008.

University of the West of England
• Classic two year KTP with Two Rivers Housing Association, Forest of Dean £78K, 2007, Lead Supervisor working with Academic Lead;
• Building Design Partnership, – £10K, 2006.

University of South Wales (formerly University of Glamorgan)
• Pontypridd Parish Council, – £5K, 2005.
• Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists – PhD Scholarship, £1K, 2004.
• EPSRC CASE Award for a PhD Scholarship – £56K, 2004.
• Highbury Builders Collective, – £13K, 204.
• Science and Research Initiative Fund, £21K, 2002.
• RAE Equipment Fund, £30K, 2002;
• Capital Equipment Fund, £15K, 1999.
• Ecology Building Society, £2K, 1997.

Doctoral Supervision

Current
Simon Hatherley – An examination of development models for low innovative low carbon ecological dwellings for rural areas of Wales.
Trevor Butler – A study to investigate the potential of earth tube systems to provide an energy efficient method of cooling buildings.
Naimi Ali – A study to investigate pollution of coastal marine life in Qatar.
Paul Marais – A study to develop a Rammed Earth housing standard for South Africa.
Geraldine Seguela – A study to develop a holistic ecological model for medical facilities in Abu Dhabi.
Jon Moorhouse – Developing strategies for wider stock housing retrofit using an analysis of survey databases that reflects field observations from retrofit prototype monitoring schemes.
John Cosgrove – Mapping energy use in a manufacturing facility in Ireland.
David L Hood – Optimising biomass energy systems of less than one Megawatt

Completed
Dr. Jo Atkinson – Evaluating external wall insulation (2015).
Dr. Abdullah Hammoudi – A Study to benchmark and investigate strategies to reduce road traffic collisions and casualties in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2014).
Dr Jim Carfrae – The Moisture Performance of Straw Bale Construction in a Temperate Maritime Climate (2011).
Dr Robin Cook – A study of allotments and small land plots benchmarking for: vegetable food crop production (2006).

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