Professor of Sustainable Design
Jesus College (Professorial Fellow)
Director of Studies (Jesus, Wolfson, St Edmund's and Selwyn)
On sabbatical leave (2015-2016)
Koen has been Head of Department (2008-14) and Head of Research as Director of the Martin Centre (2003-08). An architect and environmental design specialist, Koen was listed as one of the "top 50 most influential people in UK sustainability" by Building Design. His current work deals with the architectural and urban implications of environmental issues ranging from energy use to human well-being. Koen is a member of energy, environment and health networks (see web links above) and has been developing cross-disciplinary research initiatives.
Koen's research activities are focused on the environmental performance of buildings and cities - with a particular interest in human perception and behaviour - which are the topics of funded research projects and his PhD students. Recent major research projects include:
- "Behaviour and Building Performance" - Research Centre.
- "Bayesian building energy model" (Sep 2014 - 2017) - EPSRC, £450k.
- "Energy Efficient Cities" (Sep 08 – Aug 13) - EPSRC, £2.9m.
- "ReVISIONS: Regional visions of integrated sustainable infrastructure optimized for neighbourhoods" (Apr 08 – Sept 12) - EPSRC, £3.3m.
- "Low Carbon Urban Design" (July 12 – June 14) - Tsinghua, $600k.
Koen has over 200 outputs (with over 4400 citations), including 10 books ranging in subject matter from "Sustainable Urban and Architectural Design" (2006) to "Environmental Diversity in Architecture" (2004) and "Daylight Design of Buildings" (2002).
Sample journal articles include:
- Hargreaves, A., Cheng, V., Deshmukh, S., Leach, M., Steemers, K. (2016). 'Forecasting how residential urban form affects the regional carbon savings and costs of retrofitting and decentralized energy supply', Applied Energy, available open access online 28 March 2016.
- Steemers, K. (2015). 'Architecture for Well-being and Health', Daylight & Architecture, vol. 23 (July), pp. 1-22 (also online).
- Godoy-Shimizu, D., Armitage, P., Steemers, K., & Chenvidyakarn, T. (2014). ‘Using display energy certificates to quantify pulic sector office energy consumption'. Building Research and Information, Published online 5 Nov 2014.
- J. Chen, X. Wang and K. Steemers, (2013), ‘A statistical analysis of a residential energy consumption survey study in Hangzhou, China’, Energy and Buildings, 66, Nov., 193-202.
- Godoy-Shimizu, D., Armitage, P., Steemers, K., & Chenvidyakarn, T. (2011). ‘Using display energy certificates to quantify schools' energy consumption'. Building Research and Information, 39(6), 535-552
- V. Cheng and K. Steemers, (2011), ‘Modelling domestic energy consumption at district scale: A tool to support national and local energy policies’, Environmental Modelling and Software, Elsevier, vol. 26, no. 10, October 2010, pp. 1186-1198.
- K. Steemers and S. Manchanda, (2010), ‘Energy efficient design and occupant well-being: Case studies in the UK and India’, Building and Environment, Volume 45, Issue 2, February 2010, pp. 270-278.
- K. Steemers and G. Y. Yun, (2009), 'Household energy consumption: a study of the role of occupants', Building Research and Information, vol 38(1), pp. 625 – 637.
- C. Ratti, N. Baker and K. Steemers, (2005), ‘Energy consumption and urban texture’, Energy and Buildings, Elsevier, vol. 37(7), pp. 762-776.
- K. Steemers, (2003), ‘Energy and the City: Density, buildings and transport’, Energy and Buildings, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pp 3-14.
- M. Nikolopoulou, N. Baker and K. Steemers, (2001), 'Thermal Comfort in Outdoor Urban Spaces: Understanding the human parameter', Solar Energy, vol. 70(3), pp. 227-235, Elsevier (winner of the ISB (International Society of Biometeorology) Scientific Award in human biometeorology).