Jonida Murataj

PhD

Investigating the most effective retrofitting strategies for improving comfort and energy use in residential buildings in Albania

Qualifications

MSc: Sustainable Building: Performance and Design, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Supervisor(s)

Professor Rajat Gupta, Professor Fergus Nicol

Research project

In an acknowledged reality, where improving the energy performance of existing housing stock provides the greatest potential to energy savings and achieving national and global carbon reduction targets, different cases of unsuccessful retrofitting activities have indicated multiple barriers, even when they are technical and financial viable. Often, they are associated with relatively high levels of uncertainty of their acceptance or successful outcome because of different perspectives on the goals and the way to achieve them from different stakeholders due to different backgrounds, knowledge, position, objectives and interests. Therefore, the retrofits that take place need to be considered in a wider context than purely technical and must include occupants’ behaviours and practices in the housing.

Against this context, this PHD study aims to investigate the most effective retrofitting strategies to achieve energy and emission reductions, which are not only technically feasible and affordable but also acceptable to people. This research will bring monitoring, energy modelling and people's perceptions together to develop feasible measures for energy retrofits. Treating households as in-depth case studies and developing better energy modelling informed by reality and pre-retrofit surveys that creates a full picture of the actual performance of the houses, will be central to predicting energy savings.

Publications

Murataj, Jonida (2014). Passive Strategies and Low-Carbon Technologies: Evaluating the Energy Performance and Thermal Comfort of a Passive House Design. 2nd International Conference on Architecture and Urban Design, Tirana, Albania, 08-10 May 2014, Tirana: Epoka University. Available at: http://dspace.epoka.edu.al/handle/1/1075

Murataj, Jonida (2013). A study investigating the characteristics and strategies in office building’s design that ensure the success of the building’s lighting performance and consequent occupant satisfaction. 3rd Conference: People and Buildings, Westminister University, School of Architecture and the Build Environment, London, UK, 20th September 2013, London: NCEUB. Available at: http://nceub.org.uk/mc2013/pdf/mc2013-p36_murataj_jonida.pdf

Other relevant information

Collaborator at 8th Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the cost of comfort in a changing world, held at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, UK, 10-13 April 2014. Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings: http://www.nceub.org.uk/

Prior to starting the PhD, I have been involved in the project of ‘Waste House’ at the University of Brighton from the building’s construction to installing and commissioning of the monitoring system for collecting environmental data regarding the building’s performance.

For the last four years, I have been retrofitting houses in Brighton with my husband, and we are planning to extend our portfolio to new build houses.

Jonida Murataj

PhD
Investigating the most effective retrofitting strategies for improving comfort and energy use in residential buildings in Albania

Supervisor(s)
Professor Rajat Gupta
Professor Fergus Nicol