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Hui (Mia) Ben

Hui (Mia) Ben

Hui Ben (Mia)

Wolfson College

Research Area: Energy efficiency and occupant behaviour

Supervisor: Prof Koen Steemers

Office Phone: 01223 332989


BArch, MA, MPhil (Cantab)

Hui Ben is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. She is part of the research group – Behaviour and Building Performance. Her research interests include energy retrofit and occupant behaviour in domestic buildings. Her current research addresses the interplay between occupant behaviour and building energy efficiency in UK homes. She was a visiting researcher at Aalborg University Copenhagen on UserTEC project, and worked on a range of research projects at Cambridge University Department of Engineering and Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. 

Wolfson College


Prof. Koen Steemers

Dr. Minna Sunikka-Blank


Research Interests

  • Energy efficiency and occupant behaviour 
  • thermal comfort 
  • energy retrofit
  • domestic energy use

Key Publications

Journal Publication

Ben, H., Steemers, K., 2014. "Energy retrofit and occupant behaviour in protected housing: A case study of the Brunswick Centre in London", Energy and Buildings (V80) pp. 120–130.

Conference Publication

Ben, H., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2015. "A socio-technical approach to thermal comfort and heating behaviour in UK homes", CISBAT 2015 (V1) pp. 339-345. 

Book Publication

Ben, H., 2014. Energy Retrofit and Occupant Behaviour in Listed Housing. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Conference Presentations/Posters, Seminars

Ben, H., Steemers, K. 2016. Household Archetypes and Behavioural Patterns in UK Domestic Energy Use. Behaviour and Energy Efficiency (Behave 2016), Coimbra, Portugal.

Ben, H., Steemers, K. 2016. Domestic Energy Retrofit and Occupant Bebahviour: the Role of Comfort Practices. Behaviour, Energy and Climate Change Conference (BECC 2016), Baltimore, US.

Ben, H., Sunikka-Blank, M. 2014. Energy efficiency and comfort practices: behavioural segmentation in domestic buildings. Wolfson Research Event, University of Cambridge. 

Ben, H., Sunikka-Blank, M. 2014. Comfort and energy practices: an insight into occupant behaviour in domestic energy use. Architecture Graduate Symposium. University of Cambridge. 

Ben, H., Sunikka-Blank, M. 2014. Comfort and energy practices. UserTEC project, SBi. Alborg University Copenhagen.

Ben, H., Sunikka-Blank, M. 2014. Rethinking energy efficiency and behaviour: understanding occupants’ comfort and energy use. Behaviour and Energy Efficiency (Behave 2014), Oxford, UK.

Ben, H., Steemers, K. 2013. Energy retrofit and occupant behaviour in listed housing. Wolfson Research Event, University of Cambridge.