Prof Fergus Nicol

Professor Emeritus of Architecture
Research Associate - OISD:LCB
Deputy Director, Low Energy Architecture Research Unit, London Metropolitan University

Teaching interests

Occasional lecturer/tutor on MSc EESB

Research interests and consultancy expertise

Thermal comfort and occupant behaviour in buildings. Low energy architecture.

Examples of recent projects

  • EPSRC project: Predicting the effect of occupant behaviour on thermal comfort and energy use in buildings 2004-7
  • Organiser, Windsor thermal comfort conferences, 1994, 2001, 2006, 2008
  • Leader for EU-funded project Smart Controls and Thermal Comfort (SCATs) project, 1997-2000
  • Coordinator, Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings

Examples of recent publications and conference papers

Nicol, J.F and Humphreys M.A. (2010) Derivation of the equations for comfort in free-running buildings in CEN Standard EN15251, Special Issue Section: International Symposium on the Interaction Human and Building Environment, Buildings and Environment 45(1) 11-17

Nicol, F, Hacker, J, Spires, B and Davies, H (2009) Suggestion for new approach to overheating diagnostics Building Research and Information Vol 37 (4) 348-357

Rijal, H.B., Humphreys, M.A. and Nicol J.F (2009) How do the occupants control the temperature in mixed-mode buildings? Building Research and Information Vol 37 (4) 381-396

Nicol, J.F, (2009) Cooling in a low-carbon world (Editorial) special issue Building Research and Information Vol 37 (4) 345-347

Tuohy, P, Humphreys, M.A. Nicol, F, Rijal, H and Clarke, J. (2009) Occupant behaviour in naturally ventilated and hybrid buildings, ASHRAE Transactions 115(1) pp 16-27

Nicol, J.F. and Humphreys, M.A. (2009) New standards for comfort and energy use in buildings Building Research and Information 37(1) pp 68-73

Rijal, H, Tuohy, P, Humphreys, M.A. Nicol, F., Samuel, A. Raja, I A. and Clarke, J. (2008) Development of Adaptive Algorithms for the Operation of Windows, Fans and Doors to Predict Thermal Comfort and Energy Use in Pakistani Buildings, ASHRAE Transactions 114 (2)

Wilson, E., Nicol, F., Nanayakkara, L., and Ueberjahn-Tritta, A. (2008) Public open space and human comfort: the implications of alternative climate change and socio-economic scenarios, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 10(1) 31-45

Rijal H.B., Tuohy P., Nicol F., Humphreys M.A., Samuel A. and Clarke J. (2007), Development of an adaptive window opening algorithm to predict the thermal comfort, energy use and over heating in buildings, Journal of Building Performance Simulation 1 (1), 17-30.

Rijal, H, Tuohy, P, Humphreys, M.A. Nicol, F., Samuel, A. and Clarke, J. (2007) Using results from field surveys to predict the effect of open windows on thermal comfort and energy use in buildings, Energy and Buildings 39 (7) 823-836

Nicol, F (2007) Introduction to special issue on Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings – Getting Them Right (Editorial Introduction). Energy and Buildings 39(7) 737-739

Humphreys, M.A. and Nicol, J.F. (2007) Self-Assessed Productivity and the Office Environment in: Monthly Surveys in Five European Countries. ASHRAE Transactions 113(1) pp 606-616

Nicol, J.F. and Humphreys, M.A. (2007) Maximum temperatures in European office buildings to avoid heat discomfort. Solar Energy 81 (3) 295–304

Nicol, F, Wilson, M and Chiancarella, C, (2006) Using field measurements of desktop illuminance in European offices to investigate its dependence on outdoor conditions and its effect on occupant satisfaction, productivity and the use of lights and blinds, Energy and. Buildings 38(7) pp 802-813

Nicol, F. and Roaf, S. (2005) Post occupancy evaluation and field studies of thermal comfort, Building Research and Information Volume 33(4)

Nicol, F, Wilson, M and Chiancarella, C, (2005) Illumination in European offices: effects of indoor and outdoor light level on occupant comfort and behaviour (in preparation)

Nicol, J.F. and Wilson, M.P. (2004) The effect of street dimensions and traffic density on the noise level and natural ventilation potential in urban canyons. Energy and Buildings 36(5) pp423-434

Nicol, J.F. (2004) Adaptive thermal comfort standards in the Hot-Humid Tropics. Energy and Buildings 36(7) pp 628-637

Nicol, J.F. and Humphreys, M.A. (2004) A Stochastic Approach to Thermal Comfort, Occupant Behaviour and Energy Use in Buildings ASHRAE Transactions 110(2) pp554-568

Humphreys, M.A. and Nicol, J.F. (2004) Do people like to feel 'neutral'? The behaviour of the ASHRAE scale of subjective warmth in relation to thermal preference, indoor and outdoor temperature. ASHRAE Transactions 110(2) pp

Nicol J.F. and Humphreys M.A. (2002) Adaptive thermal comfort and sustainable thermal standards for buildings Energy and Buildings 34(6) pp 563-572

McCartney K.J and Nicol J.F. (2002) Developing an Adaptive Control Algorithm for Europe: Results of the SCATs Project. Energy and Buildings 34(6) pp 623/35

Humphreys M.A. and Nicol J.F. (2002) The validity of ISO-PMV for predicting comfort votes in everyday thermal environments. Energy and Buildings 34(6) pp 667-684

Fergus Nicol

CONTACT

School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP

jfnicol@brookes.ac.uk