Professor Phil Jones


Professor Phillip Jones is chair of Architectural Science and Chair of the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI)


My research area is in low energy, low carbon, and sustainable design in the built environment. Specific research topics include the development of computer models for energy and environmental prediction, urban scale sustainability, research through design and building energy and environmental monitoring. I have led research projects in Wales, Europe, Middle East and China. Examples include the EU FP5 funded development of a web based decision making framework, Practical Evaluation Tools for Urban Sustainability (PETUS); the Strategy for Sustainable Housing in Xi’an (EU Asia Pro-Eco Programme), the building energy model (HTB2), and the Urban Scale Energy and Environment Prediction (EEP) model (EPSRC / MRC). In collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, I developed the initial version of the Hong Kong Building Environment Assessment Method (HK-BEAM 1996) funded by the Real Estate Development Association, Hong Kong. This was one of the first of its kind worldwide and is still successfully operating in the assessment of many new and refurbished buildings in Hong Kong. I chair the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) which I helped establish in 2008 as a consortium of six Universities in Wales, representing energy research across a broad range of subjects (Low Carbon Built Environment, Large Scale Power Generation, Hydrogen, Solar PV, Marine, Bio-energy). Originally funded by the Welsh Government (£5.1 million), the LCRI has now over an £80 million research programme (including funding from government, UK Research Councils, EU framework and industry), involving around 130 researchers across its partner institutions. Currently I am leading two new major projects, namely, Sustainable Building Envelop Demonstration (SBED) and Sustainable Operation of Low Carbon Energy Regions (SOLCER). I have recently been awarded an EPSRC contract and a 5 year lecturer and post-doc appointment (Ser Cymru) to investigate building integrated renewable energy systems and other advanced building envelop technologies.

I have established a China Research Centre in the School to consolidate the Schools extensive collaboration with Chinese Universities and research organisations. I have set up four Low Carbon Research Centres in China, in Chongqing, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Nanchang. We have recently been funded by government and industry in China to produce guidance on low carbon building design and low carbon urban master-planning. I recently had funding from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to develop guidance for a low carbon built environment in China. I am currently an international ‘Master Academic’ adviser on the Low Carbon Buildings ‘111’ project at Tianjin University.

From 2000 to 2006 I was a member of the UK Government Building Regulation Advisory Committee (BRAC) and chaired the working groups that produced the 2006 Approved Document L ‘conservation of fuel and power’ and Approved Document F ‘ventilation’. I was recently appointed by the Welsh Government’s to be the first chair of its Building Regulation Advisory Committee to produce its first set of building regulations now devolved to the Welsh Government. I was a member of the 2001 & 2008 UK University Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and a member of the Hong Kong RAE panel in 2006. I was UK representative of the European COST 8 ‘Urban Infrastructures and Sustainability’ Committee and chaired the Case Studies Working Group (1999-2005). I chaired the European COST C23 ‘Low Carbon Urban Built Environments’ network which had 19 member states participating and which produced a ‘European Carbon Atlas’ (2005-20010). I currently chair a new COST Action (TU1104) on Smart Energy Regions (SmartER) with 29 member states (2012 to 2016).

I am a visiting professor at Chongqing University and Tianjin University, and have been an honorary professor at Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, and a visiting professor at the University Putra Malaysia. I am an advisor to the Shenzhen government Building Research Institute. In 1999 I was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales and in 2007 I was invited to be a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.


I am Chairman of the Board of Directors of Warm Wales, a community interest company formed to install energy efficiency measures to existing fuel poor housing in Wales and which so far has delivered over a £50 million program of work since 2006. I have considerable experience of consulting, specialising in building energy and environment design. I have provided environmental consultancy for 50 to 100 buildings, many carried out in collaboration with Kopitsis Bauphysik in Switzerland. Examples of projects include, building physics for the EMPA zero energy office in Switzerland (2006), energy analysis of the Pearl Island development in Qatar (2007), building physics for the Atkins designed Lighthouse low energy tower in Dubai (2008), low carbon urban master-planning, with Hyder (Hong Kong), for the proposed Gateway City in Ras Al Khaimah (2010), environmental analysis of the extension to the Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich (2011), analysis of chilled surface cooling for the Parkview Green mall-office-hotel complex in Beijing (2011,) and expert opinion for the Brickell ‘Climate Ribbon’ Mall in Miami (2012). The Dubai Lighthouse project was awarded the Cardiff University innovation award (2008). I was appointed (2007) to deliver a series of sustainability awareness raising events to Atkins senior management in UAE, China and UK. In partnership with Neath Port Talbot District Borough Council we were awarded an RIBA regional design award for the Gateway low energy factory development at the Baglan Energy Park, Port Talbot.