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Dr Mahmood Alam

Dr Mahmood Alam is a senior lecturer within Built Environment division of the School of Environment and Technology. Mahmood joined University of Brighton in 2017. He has previous experience of working on research and knowledge transfer projects. Before joining University of Brighton, he worked as Research Assistant in Ecological Built Environment Research and Enterprise (EBERE) group at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Mahmood’s research interests include vacuum insulation panel, composite insulation panel, building performance evaluation and energy use in buildings. He has published number of research papers in reputed international journals and presented research work at several international conferences.


Research interests

My research interests include:-

  • Vacuum Insulation Panel
  • Development and characterisation Composite Insulation Panels for facade applications
  • Building performance evaluation 
  • Energy and economic assessment of building retrofit measures
  • Low/zero carbon solutions for achieving energy efficiency in built environment
  • Renewable and alternative energy resource for sustainable energy communities

Approach to teaching

I am currently responsible for teaching Indoor Environment and Building Services subject at undergraduate level. I believe students learn best when fully engaged with the teaching content. I always plan my teaching sessions to encourage student’s involvement by including individual and groups activities in my lectures and encourage two-way discussion through question and answer sessions. I use range of activities including lectures, group workshops, and drop-in-sessions, formative assignments tasks and practical exercises to engage students in the class. I expect from my students to prepare for the lessons in advance and participate in the class discussion.

Supervisory Interests

I am intersted in supervising postgraduate research students in the following areas: Vacuum Insulation Panels; Building Performance Evaluation; Energy Efficiency in Built Environment; Building retrofit

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Brunel University London


Master, Glasgow Caledonian University


Master, University of the Punjab


Bachelor, University of the Punjab



  • TH Building construction
  • Vacuum insulation panel
  • Thermal insulation
  • Building performance evaluation
  • Building retrofit
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency

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Research Output

  • 6 Article
  • 5 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 1 Abstract

Sawdust based core material for eco-friendly Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs)

Alam, M. & Singh, H., 19 Sep 2019, Proceedings of the 14th International Vacuum Insulation Symposium (IVIS2019). Iwamae, A., Ogura, D. & Abuku, M. (eds.). Osaka-Kyoto, Japan: Kindai University, p. 7-10

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
  • Thermal Performance of Vacuum Insulated Window Shutter Systems

    Hashemi, A., Alam, M. & Mohareb, E., 18 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH 2019) International Conference.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

    Open Access
  • 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 journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • Open Access