The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


Webinar: Offsite and Energy Efficient - International Experience

10 June 2020, 9:00 am–10:00 am


Join the Transforming Construction Network Plus for its fourth webinar and hear about energy efficient buildings and offsite construction in the near future.

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Webinar: Offsite and Energy Efficient - International Experience

Featuring Dr Thaleia Konstantinou, Professor Deo Prasad and Dr Malay Dave and moderated by Professor Paul Ruyssevelt, the webinar will consider past and present projects focusing on energy efficiency. Reflecting on the lessons learned from these projects, speakers will discuss the future of offsite construction. 

From her research in the Netherlands, Dr Thaleia Konstantinou will discuss the challenges of offsite manufacture for low energy retrofit. Exploring success stories such as the Energiesprong, she will also present 2ndSKin, a research project which developed a holistic approach for zero-energy renovation.

Bringing a different perspective, Professor Deo Prasad will explore the state of play of the construction sector in Australia and will highlight the challenges and opportunities arising from it. Discussing recently completed projects as well as upcoming industry-university collaborative research projects, Dr Malay Dave will then provide insights into prefabricated construction in Australia.

Registration for this webinar will close on Monday 8 June. 

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers at the end of the session. A recording of the talks and discussion from the webinar will be available to watch online after the live event.

Dr.Ing Thaleia Konstantinou

Dr.Ing Thaleia Konstantinou is an Assistant Professor at the chair of “Building Product Innovation”, in the Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology of Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. She studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens. Since 2006, she has been a certified architect as a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. In September 2014 she concluded her PhD research at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, The Netherlands. Dr Konstantinou’s research on the topic of façade refurbishment strategies was part of the research programme “Green Building Innovation”. Currently, Thaleia’s activities focus on energy efficiency, circularity, façade design and construction, industrialisation and product development, working on integrated approaches for the decarbonisation of the built environment. Some of the projects that she has actively participated are the research project "2ndSkin", a national and European co-funded project aiming at the design, construction and monitoring of a refurbished apartment prototype, "Beyond the Current: user preference tested design solutions for energy-efficient housing renovation", and COST Action TU1403 “ADAPTIVE FACADES NETWORK.” 


Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO FAIA

Professor Prasad is one of the leading experts in sustainable, low carbon and evidence-based design, planning and policy in Australia. He has been the CEO of the Low Carbon Living CRC for the last seven years and is a distinguished professor in this field at the University of New South Wales (built environment).  His qualifications range from an undergraduate degree in architecture to a masters in building physics and a PhD in heat transfer engineering. Deo has produced more than 300 publications, including books and chapters in books in this field.  He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering as well as the American Institute of Architects.  He has over 25 years’ experience in practice, academia and government so has a good understanding of collaboration to deliver sustainable outcomes.


Dr Malay Dave 

Dr Malay Dave is a sessional academic at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia. With a bachelor’s degree in architecture from CEPT University (India) and a master’s degree in built environment (Sustainable Development) from UNSW Sydney, he practiced architecture for 12 years in India and Australia. For more than a decade Malay has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on sustainability within the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Sydney. 

Dr Dave also runs his own research and design consultancy and has been involved in national and international projects in the field of sustainable design, climate change mitigation, adaptation, eco-retrofitting and prefabricated housing. 

Until recently, he worked as a researcher in a multidisciplinary research team at the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) based at UNSW. There he was awarded a full doctoral scholarship to conduct industry collaborative research, which involved him assisting Australian prefab housing companies addressing their design, sustainability, and affordability issues. He was awarded a PhD in the field of high-performance prefab housing in 2019. 


Professor Paul Ruyssevelt

Professor Ruyssevelt is an architect with 30 years’ experience in the field of low energy and sustainable buildings. In 1984 he designed a group of offsite manufactured superinsulated houses which he went on to help build, live in and monitor for three years.  Paul has run an energy monitoring company and, for ten years, managed the energy team at the major engineering consultancy. 
Prof Ruyssevelt was UK MD at Energy for Sustainable Development Ltd from 1999, and in 2008 became Strategic Projects Director for ESD’s parent Camco, an international company working across all sectors in the fields of carbon, climate change, sustainable energy and sustainability. Prior to joining UCL, he worked with the Innovate UK to manage the Retrofit for the Future programme.
Paul joined UCL’s Energy Institute in January 2012 to take up a Chair in Energy and Building Performance and lead the institute's activities in the field of non-domestic buildings.  He leads the Building Stock lab which is actively developing a digital twin the UK building stock.