Gavin Hodgson

MPhil / PhD Architecture


Gavin first developed a keen interest in the built environment during his honours degree studying Environmental Monitoring and Management at the University of Derby in 2000. Gavin now has over 12 years of experience working in energy use in buildings both in the industry and for Government.

Some of his key achievements include technical authoring of industry guidance for the Energy Saving Trust, leading a series of Part L training events for DECC and delivery of an EU SAVE project which lead to the establishment of the PassivHaus standard in the UK. He has previously worked for National Energy Services, the Building Research Establishment as a Principal Consultant and now Oxford Brookes in the role of Energy and Carbon Reduction Manager.

Gavin is undertaking a part-time MPhil / PhD around his current job at Oxford Brookes, the PhD is entitled ‘In-situ dynamic measurement of occupant comfort and indoor temperature optimisation’. The PhD is envisaged to focus strongly on the use of biometric sensors to be able to measure people’s thermal comfort and metabolic rate in real time without restriction. This is something which to date has been impractical to achieve and will help refine assumptions made in evaluating thermal comfort. A secondary objective of the PhD is based on Gavin’s interest in the potential for biometric devices to allow for the dynamic adjustment of building management systems in-situ to optimise thermal comfort and energy use.

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Gavin Hodgson

PhD Thesis title: In-situ dynamic measurement of occupant comfort and indoor temperature optimisation