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Profiles

Miss Helen Garmston

Role

Discretionary membership of Plymouth University to facilitate reporting on my PhD investigation into decision-making in the selection of retrofit facades for non-domestic buildings. 


Qualifications  
PhD Environmental Building
2011-2017, Plymouth University 
For thesis (http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.714107)
Director of Studies: Professor Pieter de Wilde (www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/pjdewilde)
Second Supervisor: Dr Wei Pan (http://web.hku.hk/~wpan/

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice - Stage 1
2013, Plymouth University

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying and the Environment
2007-2010, Plymouth University
Graduated with First Class Honours
Received the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) prize for outstanding performance

MA Food and Welfare Studies
1997, Dundee University
Included work experience at The Good Housekeeping Institute, London

HND Hotel, Catering and Hospitality Management (European)
1992-1994, Plymouth University
Included work experience at the Hotel Stadt Homburg, Saarland, Germany

Background
Lecturer in Environmental Building
2013-2014, Plymouth University
Lecturing on the Environmental Building Group Stage 4 undergraduate dissertation module.
Supervisor on three undergraduate dissertation projects.
Assisting in providing Stage 4 tutorial support.
Lead researcher for two pedagogic research projects.
 

Research Assistant
2010-2011, Plymouth University
Three short-term Research Assistant contracts within the Environmental Building Group at Plymouth University. My roles included helping Dr Steve Donohoe and Mr Andrew Fox to prepare sustainably-themed learning materials for the new MSc Sustainable Construction (Cost/Project Management). I also assisted Dr Wei Pan on three funded pedagogic research projects:

- Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) funded development project: Developing a guide for integrating 'Research-informed Teaching' into sustainable construction education.

- CEBE-funded research project: Implementing and evaluating the integration of critical thinking into Project Based Learning (PBL) in Environmental building.

- Plymouth University Teaching Fellowship Award Scheme (TFAS)-funded project: Enhancing design project-based learning in sustainable building by incorporating learning technology.

Product Development
1997-2007, various UK locations
Successful 10-year career in food product development, progressing from Product Development Technologist to Product Development Manager. Working with fish, pastry and meat products, the roles included: developing food products from concept to launch, external and internal customer liaison, flavour profile creation, product costing, technical assistance, and quality monitoring.

Professional membership

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
 

Roles on external bodies

Invited reviewer for:
    Energy Efficiency (2014).
    Structural Survey - Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment (2013). 
    Scientific Research and Essays (SRE) (2012).

Reviewer for:
    Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) conference proceedings (2012, 2013).
   

Research interests

Building regulations for energy efficiency.
Pedagogy in the built environment for higher education.
Building façade retrofit decision-making.



Other research

Student member of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (2011-2013).

Student Representative for the Plymouth University School of Architecture, Design and Environment Research and Graduate Committee for the academic years: 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. 

To access the Plymouth University Environmental Building Research Directory, please click here.

Research groups

  • Environmental Building

Journal Articles
Garmston, H. and Pan, W. (2013) Non-Compliance with Building Energy Regulations: The Profile, Issues and Implications on Practice and Policy in England and Wales. Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, 1(4), 340-351. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.2013.01.0026.

Pan, W. and Garmston, H. (2012) Compliance with building energy regulations for new-build dwellings. Energy, 48(1), 11-22. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2012.06.048

Pan, W., Murray, P., Cotton, D. and Garmston, H. (2012) Integrating Research-informed Teaching into Sustainable Construction Education. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, 7(1), 94-117. Link to paper: http://cebe.cf.ac.uk/jebe/pdf/WeiPan7(1).pdf.

Pan, W. and Garmston, H. (2012) Building regulations in energy efficiency: compliance in England and Wales. Energy Policy, 45(6), 594-605. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.03.010.

Conference Papers
Garmston, H., Fox, M., Pan, W. and de Wilde, P. (2013) ‘Multi-storey building retrofit with a focus on the façade selection process: a UK commercial office case study', In: Smith, S.D. (Ed) Procs 29th Annual Association Of Researchers In Construction Management Conference. Reading, UK, 2-4 September. Link to paper: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2013-0081-0090_Garmston_Fox_Pan_de%20Wilde.pdf.

Garmston, H., Pan, W. and de Wilde, P. (2012) 'Decision-making in façade selection for multi-storey buildings', in: Smith, S.D. (Ed) Procs 28th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference. Edinburgh, UK, 3-5 September. Link to paper: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2012-0357-0367_Garmston_Pan_de%20Wilde.pdf.

Pan, W. and Garmston, H. (2012) 'Enhancing project-based learning in sustainable building by incorporating learning technology', the 48th Annual International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction. Birmingham School of the Built Environment, UK, 11-14 April. Link to paper: http://ascpro.ascweb.org/chair/paper/CEUE220002012.pdf.

Pan, W. and Garmston, H. (2011) 'Compliance with building regulations in energy efficiency: post-2006 new-build dwellings in the UK', the 6th conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. Dubrovnik, Croatia, 25-29 September. Book of Abstracts. Eds: Ban, M., Duic, N., and Guzovic, Z. ISBN: 978-953-7738-12-9. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture: Zagreb. 

Paper Presentations
'Multi-storey building retrofit with a focus on the façade selection process: a UK commercial office case study', presented by Garmston, H. at the 29th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers In Construction Management, Reading, UK, 2-4 September 2013.

'Decision-making in façade selection for multi-storey buildings', presented by Garmston, H. at the 28th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Edinburgh, UK, 3-5 September 2012. 

Poster Presentations
Garmston, H., de Wilde, P. and Pan, W. (2013) 'Balancing complexity in decision-making for facade retrofit'. At the 2nd Annual Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research (ISSR) Event: Responding to the Challenges of Living with Environmental Change. Plymouth University, UK, 29 April.

Pan, W. and Garmston, H. (2011) 'Enhancing project-based learning in sustainable building by incorporating learning technology'. At the 9th VC's Teaching and Learning Conference: Excellence in Teaching, the student experience and pedagogic research. Plymouth University, UK, 7 July. 

Other Research Related Output
Research-informed teaching web-pages created by Garmston, H. as part of a CEBE-funded research project, under the leadership of Dr Wei Pan, and published with assistance from the Plymouth University Web Team, on the Plymouth University extranet in 2011.

Publications Cited
Click here to see my Google Scholar Citations page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional information

South West Women in Construction
I was the SWWIC Events Administrator from 2010-2013. Please follow this link to their Facebook page. 

Women in Technology Network
I was the WiTNet Student Co-ordinator for the academic year 2011-2012.

SWWIC and WiTNet joint events
I helped organise a joint breakfast meeting event on 24th February 2012, between SWWIC and WiTNet, which was enjoyed by 26 attendees in the Isaac Foot restaurant on Plymouth University campus. The guest speaker at this event was Annie Broadbent who introduced the topic of mentoring to our group.

I helped organise another successful joint breakfast meeting between SWWIC and WiTNet held on 15th February 2013, this time enjoyed by 32 attendees. The guest speaker at this event was Plymouth University PhD colleague Emma Heffernan, who presented on her on-going research into zero carbon homes and sustainable communities in Cornwall.