UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Esfandiar Burman

Dr Esfandiar Burman


Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Nov 2014

Research summary

Esfand was the lead field investigator for building performance evaluations of several educational buildings funded by the Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The projects entailed detailed and long term energy performance analysis, monitoring and analysis of the indoor environmental quality, operational vs. designed performance review, and Building Use Studies (BUS). Esfand also contributed to other Innovate UK projects funded under the Building Performance Evaluation programme including post-occupancy evaluations of Pool and Tremough innovation centres, Centenary Quay development, and CarbonBuzz metadata analysis. Esfand joined IEDE as a Research Associate in complex built environment systems in December 2014. He was awarded Doctor in Engineering degree (EngD) for his work on performance evaluation of educational buildings in 2016, and is currently working on a joint research project between UCL and Tsinghua University entitled 'The Total Performance of Low Carbon Buildings in China and the UK (TOP)'. The UK component of this project is funded by the EPSRC.

Teaching summary

IES Tutor for Efficient Building Services Systems (MSc EDE)

CFD lectures for Advanced Building Simulation module (MSc EDE)

Module leader for Environmentally Responsible Building Systems (MEng Engineering & Architectural Design) and Building Systems Design and Operation (MSc Integrated Building Systems Design & Operation)

Supervision of more than 30 MSc dissertations for Environmental Design and Engineering (EDE) programme and PhD projects


University College London
, | 2016
University College London
, | 2011
University of Nottingham
, | 2006
Sharif University of Technology
, | 2003
K.N.Toosi University of Technology
, | 1999


Esfand Burman studied mechanical engineering at KNT University of Technology (BSc, Iran) and Sharif University of Technology (MSc, Iran). Esfand continued his postgraduate studies at Nottingham University where he earned Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering & Management in 2006.  He then practiced as a building services mechanical design engineer at Hurley Palmer Flatt and senior energy consultant at Arcadis UK before joining UCL for doctoral research in 2010.  Esfand undertook a four year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme at UCL Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience sponsored by AHR Global Architects (formerly AEDAS Architects) and EPSRC. His doctoral research was focused on the energy and sustainability performance of educational buildings.

Esfand is a chartered engineer (CEng MCIBSE), registered Low Carbon Consultant and Low Carbon Energy Assessor with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy Engineers. His academic interests include energy and sustainability performance of buildings, post-occupancy evaluations, building energy performance simulation, low carbon HVAC design, and CFD analysis.