UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Samuel Stamp

Dr Samuel Stamp

Lecturer (Teaching)

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2012

Research summary

Sam’s interest and expertise in field measurements and monitoring has led to his involvement in a range of projects, investigating aspects of energy and environmental performance in domestic and non-domestic buildings. The TOP project (‘Total Performance’ of Low Carbon Buildings in China and the UK) examines the inter-linked issues of energy/Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in case study buildings in both the UK and China. Sam is also currently involved in research projects looking at the impact of different ventilation strategies on indoor moisture levels (BRE100 homes), effective strategies to address indoor particulates (Quasimodo) and supports the UCL team participating in IEA-EBC Annex 79 (Occupant centric building design and operation).

Previous Projects include:

  • Low Energy Ventilation Systems (Knowledge Transfer Partnership Ventive Ltd.) Supporting an experimental study into the performance of a natural ventilation system with heat recovery in UK classrooms (2016 – 2017).
  • Insulating Thin Cavities project (2014 – 2015) with Avalon Sustainable Energy Solutions (DECC Energy Entrepreneurs Fund). Testing the application and performance of innovative solutions for hard to treat thin cavities. 
  • NHBC Co-heating Field Trials – Participant in field trials looking to assess the accuracy and reliability of co-heating tests (2012). 
  • Post-Contruction Testing at Derwenthope (Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust – 2012).
  • TSB Building Performance and Evaluation Programme – Fabric testing of a number of , including co-heating tests, in-situ U-values, leakage tests and thermography (2011 – 2014).
  • Participant in IEA-EBC Annex 58: Reliable building energy performance characterisation based on full scale dynamic measurements (2011 – 2014).
  • Member of Zero Carbon Hub Performance Gap Review - Working Group 5b – Testing (2012 -2014).

Teaching summary

Sam is part of the teaching team for a recently established undergraduate (MEng EAD) a multidisciplinary collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture and Civil and Geomatic Engineering. The innovative course aims to combine architectural knowledge and vision with a robust understanding of engineering for the built environment. Within this course, Sam acts as module leader for:
  • Building Physics and Environment – A year 1 module, here the aim is to develop student understanding of key building physics principals and the role they play in achieving satisfactory indoor environmental conditions. This covers aspects of natural ventilation, thermal comfort, building acoustics and daylighting. 
  • Sense, Sensing and Controls – A year 3 module, this module integrates the human-centred process of designing an extensive engineering solution for environmental control systems. It provides an overview of the psychological and technical considerations that underpin design requirements and application through computer simulation of control systems with particular focus on building technologies.

Sam has previously led modules on a Sustainable Building Design minor programme, leading modules of the Energy Context and Building Engineering Physics to a range of engineering students. He has also teaching activities and supervised dissertations for the Environmental Design and Engineering MSc.


University College London
Doctorate, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2017
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2015
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Research | 2011
University of Bristol
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2008


Dr Samuel Stamp is a Teaching Fellow in Building Performance at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, which sits within the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. He is a building physicist with a particular interest in testing, monitoring and measuring the performance of buildings. This extends to areas such as the performance gap, thermal performance, heat loss, thermal comfort, occupant behaviour and indoor air quality. Sam trained as Physicist, before working in off-grid pico-hydropower in South-east Asia. Sam then completed a PhD in Energy and Buildings at UCL, examining the uncertainties in whole building heat loss (or co-heating) tests. 

Since being appointed in 2015 Sam has worked to help establish a new undergraduate course in Engineering and Architectural Design (MEng EAD), for which he now leads modules on Building Physics and Environment and Sense, Sensing and Controls. This new undergraduate is a radical four-year programme which has been designed to address fragmentation in building design industry by combining the major disciplines of architectural, structural and environmental design and engineering. He has also continued research into the environmental performance of buildings, looking at ‘total’ performance and air quality measurements (TOP project), the impact of different ventilation strategies upon indoor moisture levels (BRE100Homes) and strategies for reducing indoor particulates in homes (Quasimodo).

Sam also manages the IEDE’s measurement and monitoring equipment, supporting wider research, PhD and teaching activities. Any enquires for equipment can be made through IEDE_research.equipment@ucl.ac.uk.