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Scholarly biography

Kenneth Ip is a Principal Lecturer with keen interest and specialism in Performance and Sustainability of Buildings.  He is a Chartered Building Services Engineer who has broad industrial experience in the UK and overseas - from design consultancy of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and fire engineering, to installation, operation and maintenance of building engineering systems in new and redevelopment projects.

Environmental concern and his broad experience in building services engineering are the key drivers shaping his teaching and research focus towards the holistic understanding and assessment of the impacts of buildings and their systems throughout their life cycles.  He has been actively involved in a variety of applied research projects, including four EU funded research programmes and five UK government funded Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.  In collaboration with a wide spectrum of partners, his areas of contribution include: low carbon building systems, renewable energy sources, sustainable construction materials, sensible and latent thermal storage, and life cycle impact evaluations.

Kenneth also actively engages in a wide range of national and international activities including:

  • Academic PhD supervisor of EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) - a joint initiative between UCL, University of Oxford and University of Brighton to establish an infrastructure to meet challenges set by the heritage sector, industry and government;
  • Validation of undergraduate and post graduate courses in building services engineering, energy and management, sustainability and architectural engineering, in the UK and overseas;
  • External course examiner for UK and overseas universities – with past and current experience of degree courses from foundation, apprentice, undergraduate to postgraduate levels;
  • PhD and MPhil external examiner both in the UK and overseas;
  • External expert advisor to degree course developments related to energy, sustainability and building services engineering, UK and overseas;
  • Development and delivery of professional CPD courses in sustainable energy, UK;
  • External invited reviewer for over 15 international journals;
  • Research proposal evaluator for the UK government research funding council EPSRC;
  • Funding application reviewer for the British Council, Welsh Government, Irish Research Council and Republic of Cyprus;
  • Committee member of Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), UK;
  • Advisory board member of the London College, London UK;
  • Committee member of a number of national and international conferences;
  • Expert Evaluator and Rapporteur of a number of EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programmes.

Approach to teaching

I teach on subjects related to building services, indoor environment, energy performance as well as sustainability of buildings. The knowledge and skills of these core disciplines in the built environment courses I teach are essential to the future success of our students’ professional careers.

I expect students to take an active and critical role in developing the understanding of the fundamental principles of each topic and be able to reflect and apply that experience to new and unfamiliar situations as they would encounter in their future professional practice. Apart from incorporating up-to-date principles, I will include my research in my teaching and inform students the current state of the art and best practice examples in the industry.

In addition to the access to industrial standard software, students will be provided with a wide range of online and library resources. Their learning experience will be further enhanced by case study examples accessible within the university, the use of mobile Apps, multi-media videos and site visits.

Research interests

My research interest is in the realm of life cycle sustainability of buildings. It broadly falls into two aspects:

Building Performance

This area of research concerns the prediction of the design environmental performance of buildings or their components and to assess the gaps in actual performance through controlled experimental tests or real life monitoring. The first cluster of studies are related to the functionalities of building façade, examples are: the thermal modelling and site measurement of climbing plants used as external bio-shading devices; environmental control using external roller blinds; and thermal performance optimization of double skin facades. The second cluster of studies focus on the application of thermal storage to reduce energy consumption and to improve the indoor environmental quality, examples are: seasonal ground and earth storage; and diurnal thermal enhancement utilizing phase change materials. The third cluster focuses on the assessment of performance gaps through monitoring of indoor environmental quality and energy consumptions, for examples: the Sterndale refurbishment exemplar case studyBrighton Waste House and Container Homes.

Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment is a holistic approach to account for the total environmental, social and economic impacts due to the creation and eventual demolition of a building or its components. Research in this area is establishing profiles of impact data enabling the comparison of alternative design option or material selection such as the use of hemp and lime in wall construction; evaluating the life cycle impact of heat recovery units in waste pipes, and investigating the sustainability of different types of domestic conservatories.;

Knowledge exchange

Current research projects:

Previous research projects:

  • The Brighton Earthship: evaluation of thermal performance
  • Energy efficiency research project - Eco-refurbishment, 19 Sterndale Road, Hammersmith, London
  • Thermal performance of climbing plant canopies as shading a devices
  • ARTEPA - compared practice and procedures of building industry professionals in the UK and France and focused on internal environmental design and the use of computer design tools.
  • ENDOHOUSE investigated the potential for major savings in space heating and cooling costs in houses using endothermic technology and involved 13 partners located throughout Europe.
  • WINDS involved partners from 12 European countries and concerned the development of a web-based intelligent design tutoring system. It gave access to an administration office, courses, teachers, reviews and libraries online, shared instruments and commercial CAD systems and promoted both peer and remote tutoring.
  • DURABUILD explored and facilitated sustainable development in both the UK and France. We summarise some of the most significant findings from the best practice case studies produced.
  • KTP projects

External positions

Member of Advisory Board of the London College

15 Oct 20181 Dec 2020

External Examiner, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Oct 201830 Sep 2022

Committee Member of Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers

1 Oct 201630 Sep 2019

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Research Output 1996 2018

  • 43 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 13 Article
  • 7 Chapter

Comparative performance analysis of Vacuum Insulation Panels in thermal window shutters

Hashemi, A., Alam, M. & Ip, K., 26 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Energy Procedia.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Life-cycle impacts of shower water waste heat recovery: case study of an installation at a university sport facility in the UK

Ip, K., She, K. & Adeyeye, K., 18 Oct 2017, In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 25, 20, p. 19247–19258 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Waste heat utilization
Life cycle
Heat exchangers

The Impact of Double Skin Façade on the Energy Consumption of Office Buildings under the Tropical Brazilian Climate

Barbosa, S. & Ip, K., 5 Jun 2017, World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017. Hong Kong, p. 284-289 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Office buildings
Energy utilization

Water efficient use, sustainable waste water treatment and management

Adeyeye, K., Ip, K. & She, K., 1 Jan 2017, A Whole-System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings. Strong, D. & Burrows, V. (eds.). Boston, MA, p. 151-155 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

water management
architectural design
human resource

Influence of key site parameters on the thermal performance of double skin facades in naturally ventilated buildings in a tropical climate.

Barbosa, S., Ip, K. & Southall, R., 31 May 2016, Proceeding of 31st International PLEA Conference: Architecture in {r)evolution. UK, p. 0-0 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review

air conditioning
renewable resource

Activities 1989 2018

  • 9 External funding peer-review
  • 6 Research degree
  • 3 Taught course
  • 1 Membership of professional body

External Reviewer

Kenneth Ip (Reviewer)

Activity: External funding peer-review

External Examiner

Kenneth Ip (Examiner)
Oct 2018Sep 2022

Activity: External examination and supervisionTaught course

External Reviewer

Kenneth Ip (Reviewer)

Activity: External funding peer-review

Research proposal evaluator

Kenneth Ip (Reviewer)

Activity: External funding peer-review

PhD External Examination

Kenneth Ip (Examiner)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree