Mr. N. Campbell


David Kerr Building,

Queen’s University Belfast.




Sustainable Low Embodied and Consumed Energy Buildings

Supervisor: Dr. S. Nanukuttan

Embarking on PhD was a step several years ago that I did not ever see myself taking but after thoroughly enjoying several research projects in timber engineering in my time at QUB and getting my research awarded two years in a row by WoodNI and the Wood Marketing Federation, a PhD became my desired career path. With my background working for many years as a laborer for my father’s civil engineering firm and then after a total of 12 months working as a site engineer for Geda Construction, this practical experience is what sculpts my research today.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging of a new build house completed in 2011, County Tyrone. Main areas of heat loss can be seen as the double front door of the building and the roof. Due to the specification of a pitched ceiling in the upstairs area of the house insulation of the roof was significantly more expensive than if recycled glass fiber roof space was detailed, but the architectural style of a sloping ceiling was preferred by the client.


Below image shows heat escaping from the jointing detail between the summer room and house gable wall. Also note the reduced performance of the smaller top windows due to the presence of lead patterns in the pane.




1st Class MEng Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast 2011



2011 Wood Marketing Federation 3rd Level Timber Award for Best Research

2010 Group winner of Northern Ireland Concrete Society Prize for Best Concrete Design

2010 WoodNI prize for Best Timber Research

2007-2011 ICE QUEST Scholarship with GEDA Construction LLP


Research Interests

Hygrothermal modelling, building monitoring, thermography, retrofitting / refurbishment of buildings, material enhancement/optimization, sustainability, energy efficiency, building performance.


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