Matt Gregg

BArch MSc LEED AP

Research Fellow in Architecture and Climate Change - OISD:LCB

Profile:

Matt Gregg is a Research Fellow in Architecture and Climate Change, based in the Low Carbon Building Group of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at the School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University. Matt is currently involved with a 12-month project assessing the current and future overheating risk in four care homes in the UK; Care provision fit for a future climate. The research involves monitoring of environmental data, dynamic thermal simulation and interviews of occupants to evaluate the extent of overheating and to evaluate the effectiveness of proposed adaptation to alleviate overheating risk. The project is funded by the Josph Rowntree Foundation. Matt is currently also involved with the dissemination efforts of the ongoing work in the Low Carbon Building Group covering whole house carbon reduction projects (funded by the TSB) and climate change impact evaluation and adaptation of UK buildings – work from a number of projects funded by the TSB and EPSRC.

In 2015 Matt worked with all Low Carbon Building Group colleagues to complete the ESRC-funded 4-year project (RES-627-25-0012) on Evaluating impacts of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours (EVALOC). His primary role was in developing carbon maps for the six EVALOC communities where the carbon mapping effort was used to demonstrate to community groups and householders how spatial mapping based modelling can be used as a tool for measuring, tracking, visualising and communicating CO2 savings to communities, and to potentially stimulate further behaviour change.

In 2012 Matt completed an EPSRC-funded 3-year project, SNACC – Suburban Neighbourhood Adaptation for a Changing Climate, where he worked with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from UWE and Heriot-Watt, focussing on suburban neighbourhood level adaptation to climate change in the cities of Oxford, Bristol and Stockport. Developing from this work he is currently involved in further research involving climate change induced domestic overheating, future energy use implications (including domestic cooling) and policy recommendations. Carbon mapping was used in the SNACC project to calculate and model the energy use, carbon, and thermal comfort implications of climate change and potential adaptation measures in the suburban domestic sector.

Other previous research projects include: Design for Future Climate: adapting building programme - the development of adaptation strategies for live architecture projects (six projects) and Retrofit for the Future (three projects), all funded by the TSB.

In 2009, Matt graduated with a Master of Science in Sustainable Building: Performance and Design from Oxford Brookes University. Prior to joining Oxford Brookes in 2010, Matt worked in an architecture practice in Tennessee and completed the USA (AIA) equivalent of the RIBA part 2: professional experience and has accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP). In addition, Matt also gained experience in urban design and planning while working with the Nashville Civic Design Center on the Plan of Nashville in 2003.

Research interest:

Low carbon building, climate change adaptation in the built environment, sustainable building design, low carbon/transition communities.

Teaching activities:

Matt assisted Prof. Rajat Gupta in teaching the Post-occupancy building evaluation course for the MSc Sustainable Building: Performance and Design programme in 2010 and 2011. The module is informed by cutting-edge research on carbon counting, building performance evaluation and low carbon building.

Refereed journal papers:

Published peer-reviewed papers in conference proceedings:

  • Gupta, R. and Gregg, M. (2014). A quiet revolution: Mapping energy use in low carbon communities, In Rajan Rawal, Sanyogita Manu, Nirmala Khadpekar (eds.) Proceedings of the 30th International PLEA Conference: Sustainable habitat for developing societies – Choosing The Way Forward; December 16 -18, 2014; Ahmedabad, India
  • Gupta, R. and Gregg, M. (2014). Using urban energy modelling to rapidly assess potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation of UK homes, In Liora Malki-Epsthein, Catalina Spataru, Ljiljana Marjanovic Halburd and Dejan Mumovic (eds.); 2014, "Proceedings of the 2014 Building Simulation and Optimization Conference"; 23-24 June 2014, UCL, London, UK
  • Gupta, R. Gregg, M., and Cherian,R., (2013) Tackling the performance gap between design intent and actual outcomes of new low/zero carbon housing, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) 2013 Summer study proceedings, 3-8 June, 2013, Belambra Les Criques, France.
  • Gupta, R. and Gregg, M. (2012) Using a mapping-based simulation approach to rapidly investigate the potential for adapting English homes for a warming climate. In Zhai, Z., Li, X. and Wang, H. (eds.) Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Building Energy and Environment (COBEE 2012). 1-4 August 2012, Boulder, Colorado, USA. pp. 744-751.
  • Gupta, R. and Gregg, M. (2012) Using a building performance evaluation approach to achieve low-carbon retrofitting of a Victorian house in Oxford, In Amoêda, R., Lira, S and Pinheiro , C. (eds.) Heritage 2012 - Heritage and Sustainable Development. Green Lines Institute. 19-22 June 2012, Porto, Portugal. eBook ISBN: 978-989-95671-8-4
  • Gupta, R, and Gregg, M. (2012) Adapting UK suburban homes for a warming climate. In Proceedings of 7th Windsor Conference: The changing context of comfort in an unpredictable world. Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 12-15 April 2012. London: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings
  • Gupta, R and Gregg, M. (2011) Suburban neighbourhood adaptation for a changing climate: developing climate change scenarios for suburbs, Peer-reviewed paper. IN EVRARD, A. & BODART, M. (Eds.) PLEA 2011 Architecture & sustainable development: Conference Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Volume 1, 13-15 July 2011, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Presses Universitaires de Louvain, pp. 233-238. ISBN: 978-2-87463-276-1.

Book chapters and published research reports:

  • Gupta, R., Eyre, N., Darby, S., Lucas, K., Barnfield, L., Hamilton, J., Mayne, R., Gregg, M., Fratter, C. and Irving B. (2015). Evaluating the impacts, effectiveness and success of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours (EVALOC) Final Report, Oxford Brookes University and University of Oxford, Oxford.
  • Gupta, R. and Gregg, M (2015) Green building interventions for social housing. Submitted to United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) UN-Habitat, Nairobi. ISBN: 978-92-1-132647-5 (Available from: http://unhabitat.org/books/green-building-interventions-for-social-housing/)
  • Gupta, R. and Gregg, M. (2014) Measuring retrofit performance through building performance evaluation. In: Prasad, S. (ed.). Retrofit for Purpose: Low Energy Renewal of Non-Domestic Buildings. London: RIBA, pp. 55-70.
  • Williams, K., Gupta, R., Smith, I., Joynt, J., Hopkins, D,. Bramley, G., Payne, C,. Gregg, M,. Hambleton, R,. Bates-Brkljac, N., Dunse, H., Musslewhite, C. (2012) Suburban Neighbourhood Adaptation for a Changing Climate (SNACC) Final Report, University of the West of England, Oxford Brookes University and Heriot-Watt University.
  • Gupta, R. and Gregg, M. (2012) Climate Change: Adaptations. In: Smith S.J., Elsinga, M., O’Mahony, L.F., Eng, O.S., Wachter, S., and Lovell, H., (eds). International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home, Vol 1. Oxford: Elsevier; 2012. pp. 164-179.

Technical research reports and working papers:

  • Gupta, R. and Gregg M. (2013) International review of green buildings: policy and practice. Zambia Green Jobs Programme. Submitted to United Nations Environment Programme and International Labour Organization, Zambia.
  • Gupta, R., Cherian, R. and Gregg, M. (2013) Building performance evaluation of a Victorian end-terraced house in Oxford: Final report. TSB Retrofit for the Future. Submitted to the TSB.
  • Gupta, R., Cherian, R. and Gregg, M. (2013) Building performance evaluation of a mid-terraced house in Docklands, London: Final report. TSB Retrofit for the Future. Submitted to the TSB.
  • Gupta, R., Du, H. & Gregg, M. (2012) Climate changes hazards and impacts report – Dragon Junior School for the Future. TSB Design for future climate: Adapting buildings programme. Submitted to Ridge and Partners LLP, Oxford in September 2012.
  • Gupta, R., Du, H. & Gregg, M. (2012) Overheating modelling and climate change adaptation for Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. TSB Design for future climate: Adapting buildings programme. Submitted to Penoyre and Prasad LLP, London in August 2012.
  • Gupta, R., Du, H. & Gregg, M. (2012) Developing climate change adaptation strategies for Edge Lane Hospital in Liverpool, TIME project. Final report. TSB Design for future climate: Adapting buildings programme. Submitted to Medical Architecture and Art Projects Ltd., London, July 2012.
  • Gupta, R., Du, H. & Gregg, M. (2012) Developing climate change adaptation strategies for a school (11-16 year olds) in Ebbw Vale. Final report. TSB Design for future climate: Adapting buildings programme. Submitted to Building Design Partnership, Bristol, July 2012.
  • Gupta, R., Du, H. & Gregg, M. (2012) Developing climate change adaptation strategies for NW Bicester Eco Town. TSB Design for future climate: Adapting buildings programme. Submitted to Hyder Consulting, London, June 2012.
  • Gupta, R., Gregg, M., and Cherian, R., (2012). DECoRuM® carbon capping for Highfield, Bicester. Submitted to Bioregional Ltd and Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF), Department of Energy and Climate Change, London.

Work featured in:

  • Work with the Nashville Civic Design Center published in: Kreyling, C. (2005). The Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a great city. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

Conference presentations:

  • Gupta, R. and Gregg, M. (2012) Using a mapping-based simulation approach to rapidly investigate the potential for adapting English homes for a warming climate, Second International Conference on Building Energy and Environment (COBEE 2012), 1-4 August 2012, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Matt Gregg

CONTACT

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Oxford Brookes University
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mgregg@brookes.ac.uk