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Dr Mahmood Alam

Dr Mahmood Alam is a 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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Brunel University


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 2011 2018

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

Comparative performance analysis of Vacuum Insulation Panels in thermal window shutters

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Investigation of Interoperability between Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Building Energy Simulation (BES)

Chen, S., Jin, R. & Alam, M. 28 Nov 2018 9, 2, p. 137-144

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Construction industry
Sound insulation
Thermal insulation
Composite materials

A combined life cycle cost and energy analysis of Vacuum insulation Panels (VIPs) in building applications

Alam, M. & Singh, H. 20 Sep 2017 p. 9-10 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Life cycle
Office buildings

A new methodology for the selective measurement of building performance and safety

Littlewood, J., Alam, M. & Goodhew, S. 28 Mar 2017 8th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, SEB-16. UK, Vol. 111, p. 338-346 9 p. (Energy Proceedia)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
Acceptance tests