Dr Hu Du BEng PgDip PhD FHEA

Sêr Cymru Research Fellow

+44 (0)29 2087 5589
3.07, Bute Building
Research group:
Architectural Science Group


Dr Hu Du’s main responsibilities at Cardiff University include:

• Developing research ideas to strengthen and expand the existing programme of research
• Devising development of proposals for external funding of research
• Researching into future technologies for capturing solar energy and the integration in the built environment
• Developing research networks locally, nationally and internationally in support of the research programme

External activities

Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
Member of International Building Performance Simulation Association
Welsh Crucible 2017
Reviewer of Building and Environment journal
Reviewer of Building simulation journal
Reviewer of Automation in Construction journal
Reviewer of Building Services Engineering Research & Technology journal
Reviewer of Indoor and Built Environment journal
Reviewer of Heliyon journal
Reviewer of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers journal Engineering Sustainability
Reviewer of IBPSA world and England Conferences
Reviewer of ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings conference

Research interests

Dr Hu Du is interested in building performance modelling and evaluation, sustainable building technologies, building adaptation in a changing climate, innovative refurbishment of existing buildings, lighting environment modelling, dynamic thermal modelling, CFD modelling, urban scale modelling, building optimization and statistical analysis of big data. Hu has been very active in pursuing research in low carbon building field where he has been working on 14 cutting-edge research and innovation projects (total value of £2.8 million) funded by European Commission, Innovate UK, EPSRC, Welsh Government and Leverhulme Trust. The list of research projects is followed:

  1. HEFCW Welsh Crucible Seedcorn funding: Health cost of mould and damp in Welsh homes, 2017-2018, £9,976, role: PI.
  2. European Commission (Horizon 2020): Plug-n-Harvest, 2017-2021, €399,085 for Cardiff (total European Commission grant €5.99m), role: PI at Cardiff University.
  3. Welsh Government: Sêr Cymru Academic, 2014-2018, £360,000, role: Co-I.
  4. Innovate UK (Invest in innovative refurbishment – Tranch B Phase 2): Innovative refurbishment of internal wall insulation, 2013-2014, £839,439, role: Co-I.
  5. Innovate UK (Invest in innovative refurbishment –Tranche 2): Innovative glazing and ventilation package for historic buildings, 2013-2014, £601,849, role: Co-I.
  6. Innovate UK (Invest in innovative refurbishment –Tranche 1): Innovative glazing and ventilation package for historic buildings, 2012-2013, £19,986, role: Co-I.
  7. Innovate UK (Invest in innovative refurbishment – Tranch B Phase 1): Innovative installation of internal wall insulation, 2012-2013, £19,992, role: Co-I.
  8. Innovate UK (Building Performance Evaluation): In-use BPE study of College Lake Wildlife Visitors Centre, 2012-14, £58,290, role: R.
  9. Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): Dragon Junior School for the Future, 2012-13, £99,915, role: R.
  10. Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): New Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital, 2012-13, £99,942, role: R.
  11. Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): Edge Lane – TIME ‘To Improve Mental Health Environments’ Project, 2012, £99,752, role: R.
  12. Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): Ebbw vale 11-16 School, 2012, £100,000, role: R.
  13. Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): NW Bicester Eco Town, 2012, £100,000, role: R.
  14. EPSRC: COPSE – COincident Probabilistic climate change weather data for a Sustainable built Environment, 2008-11, £84,790,
    role: PhD R.
  15. Leverhulme Trust: A sustainable hub – regeneration of Cardiff centre station, 2008, Role: Volunteer

Research supervisor

Supervision experience

2 Postdocs and 1 PhD student

Dr Hu Du is the Principal Investigator for European Commission funded Horizon 2020 Plug-n-Harvest project (2017-2021) at Cardiff University. He is also supported by the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru programme researching into future technologies for capturing solar energy and the integration of solar technologies in the built environment, at building communities and larger scales. The Sêr Cymru programme is part of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales’ strategy to increase research capacity in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) related subjects, and is designed to attract high-profile scientific talent to Welsh universities.

Before joining Cardiff in December 2014, Dr Hu Du was a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Energy Simulation at the Oxford School of Architecture and Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer after 2-year lectureship at the same institute. He led a postgraduate teaching module (Modelling and Passive Design Strategies) and supervised MSc dissertations on the MSc Sustainable Building: Performance and Design programme. He also worked on a range of cutting-edge research projects on climate change adaptation of new buildings, innovative refurbishment and building performance evaluation of existing buildings. He developed and evaluated refurbishment strategies for two historical office buildings funded under the Innovate UK’s ’Invest in Innovative Refurbishment’ programme and conducted building performance evaluation for a visitor centre funded under the Innovate UK’s ’Building Performance Evaluation’ programme. He also developed climate change adaptation strategies for five live architecture projects (a new eco-town development, two low impact schools and two sustainable healthcare buildings) funded under the Innovate UK’s ’Design for future climate: adapting buildings’ programme.

Dr Hu Du gained his PhD from University of Northumbria with the thesis titled: ’Modelling of building performance under the UK climate change projections and the prediction of future heating and cooling design loads in building spaces’. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Building Energy and Environmental Performance Modelling from Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and a BEng in Building Environment and Services Engineering from Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China. As PhD researcher, Hu worked on the 3-year EPSRC funded COPSE (COincident Probabilistic climate change weather data for a Sustainable built Environment) project (2008-2011), wherein he developed a simple calculation method for predicting the distribution of future cooling design loads, and a tool in Matlab to generate future Test Reference Year and Design Reference Year weather files from UK Climate Projections 2009 Weather Generator raw data.