UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Sung-Min Hong

Dr Sung-Min Hong


Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2012

Research summary

Sung Min’s research focusses on exploring and improving benchmarking operational energy efficiency of the UK’s buildings. He applies data science techniques to extract insights and knowledge from big data for improving the understanding of the patterns of energy use and the determinants. 

Sung-Min’s recent research involved analysing national data from the Display Energy Certificate (DEC) scheme to understand how the UK’s public sector buildings were using energy. This study revealed the trends that could be helpful for anticipating future changes. In collaboration with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, he has contributed towards developing an online platform to digitise the benchmarking process making it accessible to a wide range of stakeholders across the building sector. Sung Min is also currently analysing data from a national physical survey of buildings to support Department for Education make informed decisions about improving energy efficiency of the English school stock.

Teaching summary

Sung Min became a Course Director for MSc Environmental Design and Engineering programme at UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering in 2018. The programme was established more than 40 years ago and focuses on training students from diverse backgrounds to design, evaluate and operate energy efficient buildings.

Sung Min is module leader for a core module The Built Environment: the Energy Context of the EDE programme. This module aims to provide students with knowledge of the current and emerging challenges associated with energy use and sustainability in buildings. Topics covered include climate change, energy supply and generation, renewable technologies, energy use in buildings, building economics and modelling domestic energy use.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2015
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2008
Victoria University of Wellington
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2003


Dr Sung Min Hong became a Lecturer at UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering in 2018. He is a building scientist with experiences in architectural and environmental design practices, and built environment research. Sung Min gained a Bachelor’s degree in Building Science from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, an MSc with a distinction in Environmental Design and Engineering from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at UCL, and a PhD in Built Environment research from UCL Energy Institute. Funded by Chartered Institution for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Sung Min’s doctoral research focused on exploring and identifying ways for improving the robustness of benchmarking the operational energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings, with a particular focus on English schools. His research highlighted key parameters and methods that could be explored to provide the public and building operators with more relevant and robust feedback on how efficiently energy is being used in buildings. Findings from the research project informed various stakeholders in the built environment on the latest patterns of energy use of public sector non-domestic buildings, the CIBSE with a set of recommendations on how a robust benchmarking framework could be established in the future, and Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).