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Scholarly biography

Dr Mahmood Alam is a principal 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 the University of Brighton, he worked as Researcher 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 are in the area of achieving energy efficiency in the Built Environment particularly applying low/zero carbon solutions. Recently, I have been working on developing advance vacuum insulation panels and evaluating their application in buildings components for improving energy efficiency. I also conduct research on the topics of building performance evaluation and energy and economic assessment of energy efficient building retrofit measures.

Approach to teaching

I am currently responsible for teaching Indoor Environment and Building Services and Sustainable Construction subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 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 interested 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


Award Date: 30 Nov 2015

Master, Glasgow Caledonian University


Award Date: 31 Jul 2008

Master, University of the Punjab


Award Date: 31 Jul 2006

Bachelor, University of the Punjab


Award Date: 29 Dec 2003


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


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