Joaquim António de Moura Flores

BArch MA (Arch & Urban Rehabilitation)

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Joaquim Flores is a final year PhD student in the Architecture School. His Director of Studies is Dr Aylin Orbasli and his supervisor is Prof Rajat Gupta. Joaquim started the Research Project at OBU as a part-time student in September 2004. His research is entitled Introduction of energy efficiency measures in the refurbishment of traditional buildings in Oporto and involves the analysis of traditional building typologies in the specific case of Oporto's historical centre, and their energy performance simulation. This included direct building surveys to determine the buildings typology, selected households questionnaires to acquire information about human behavior in relation to the built environment which allows more accurate building energy simulations to be performed.

The general focus of this research is the upgrade of traditional urban buildings in use with the purpose of increasing their energy performance, while at the same time preserving their heritage value. This research aims to cross the fields of historic and traditional buildings refurbishment and energy efficiency as a pathway to address climate change mitigation by reducing CO2 emissions.

Joaquim was previously working as a consultant in Gondomar City Council, managing a €15M environmental requalification project for river Douro waterfront. For the past 10 years and ongoing he is a Lecturer on the modules 'Urban Design I and II' and 'Sites Rehabilitation' at the Integrated Master in Architecture Course of the Oporto Superior Artistic School (MIA-ESAP). For the future he is planning to become more involved in research related with traditional buildings and urban morphology and their relation with sustainability balanced with teaching activities.

Joaquim António de Moura Flores

PhD Thesis title: Introduction of energy efficiency measures in the refurbishment of traditional buildings in Oporto