Dr Rory Jones
Profiles

Dr Rory Jones

Lecturer in Built Environment

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

Role

Dr Rory Jones is a Lecturer in Built Environment in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Plymouth. Dr Jones received his PhD from the Building Energy Research Group of the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University, UK.    

Dr Jones’ research focuses on low energy building design and those aspects influencing the performance of buildings during the operational phase. His research addresses end-use energy demand reduction in domestic and non-domestic buildings, with a particular interest in the role of occupant behaviour; complex and high resolution energy monitoring studies; large-scale home energy surveys; and energy modelling.

Appointments

2017 - Present: Lecturer in Built Environment. Department of Architecture and Built Environment. University of Plymouth.

2012 - 2017: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Department of Architecture and Built Environment. University of Plymouth.

2009 - 2013: PhD Researcher. Building Energy Research Group. School of Civil and Building Engineering. Loughborough University.

Teaching Roles 2017-2018

BLDG405 Built Environment Project 1

BLDG507 Low Energy Building Design

HPB704 Advanced Building Performance Simulation

Qualifications

2013: PhD, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Building Energy Research Group, Loughborough University, UK. 

Professional membership

Member of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) and IBPSA affiliate region England.

Member of the Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation Research Network (TEDDINET)

Roles on external bodies

Journal Reviewer: Energy and Buildings, Advances in Building Energy Research, Energy Policy, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Journal of Cleaner Production, Facilities, Energy Efficiency.

Consultant for the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on the Smarter Heating Control Research programme (2013 - 2014).

Expert Advisor to the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on Costing Monitoring Equipment for a Longitudinal Energy Survey (2015).

Scientific Committee Member and Reviewer for the Building Simulation and Optimization 2018 (BSO18) conference. Fourth IBPSA - England conference. 11-12 September 2018, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.

Scientific Committee Member and Reviewer for the Building Simulation and Optimization 2016 (BSO16) conference. Third IBPSA - England conference. 12-14 September 2016, Great North Museum, Newcastle.

Scientific Committee Member and Reviewer for the Building Simulation and Optimization 2014 (BSO14) conference. Second IBPSA - England conference in association with CIBSE. 23-24 June 2014, UCL, London.

Reviewer for the 8th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE2016). October 8-11 2016. Beijing, China.

Reviewer for the 14th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (BS2015). December 7-9 2015. Hyderabad, India.

Participant in the IEA-EBC Annex 66: Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behaviour in Buildings.

Grants & contracts

EnerGAware: Energy Game for Awareness of energy efficiency in social housing communities (European Commission Horizon 2020)

February 2015 - February 2018

Co-Investigator: The EnerGAware project funded under the EC Horizon 2020 call EE-11 New ICT-based solutions for energy efficiency is investigating how a Serious Game embedded in social media and networking tools and linked to smart meter data can help reduce energy consumption in social housing and increase the social tenants understanding and engagement in energy efficiency. It is a €2M project being undertaken by seven European partners from the UK, France, Spain and Portugal.

EnerGAware project website: www.energaware.eu    

Value: €2M

Expert advice on the design of a hypothetical randomised control trial on smarter heating controls (Department of Energy and Climate Change)

September 2013 - April 2014

Consultant: The consultancy project for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is providing advice on the design of a hypothetical randomised control trial (RCT) on smarter heating controls. It aims to design a potential trial to evaluate whether smarter heating controls could reduce domestic energy consumption. The project will inform a decision around whether to proceed to the second stage of DECC's Smarter Heating Controls Research Programme, a field trial to evaluate domestic energy savings from smarter heating controls. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with NATCEN, Energy Saving Trust and BSRIA.

Value: £10,000

Post Occupancy Evaluation of energy use, environmental parameters and occupant behaviour on the new build low energy Beechfield View housing estate in Torquay, UK (Sovereign Housing Association)

March 2013 - March 2016

Co-Investigator: The practice-based research project will monitor energy use, environmental parameters and occupant behaviour in 10 new build low energy homes on the Beechfields View development, Torquay, for Sovereign Housing Association. The monitoring will be for a minimum of three heating seasons. The project will monitor in real-time the electricity use, gas use, internal temperature and relative humidity, window opening and occupancy in a number of rooms, as well as external temperature and relative humidity. A socio-technical survey will be undertaken with the occupants.

Value: £24,578 

eViz: Energy Visualisation for Carbon Reduction (EPSRC)

September 2012 – September 2015

Research Fellow for the EPSRC funded project, eViz: Energy Visualisation for Carbon Reduction (EP/K002465/1). The project is investigating how to reduce energy demand in buildings by transforming people’s understanding and behaviour through novel energy visualisations using personal pervasive digital technologies. It is a £1.5 million project which is being carried out by four universities: Plymouth University, Newcastle University, University of Bath and University of Birmingham.

eViz Project website: www.eviz.org.uk

Value: £1.5M

4M: Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management: An Evidence-based Methodology for Understanding and Shrinking the Urban Carbon Footprint (EPSRC)

September 2009
– September 2013

In the Building Energy Research Group at Loughborough University, Dr Rory Jones' PhD was part of the EPSRC funded 4M project, “Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management (4M): An Evidence-based methodology for understanding and shrinking the urban carbon footprint” (EP/F007604/2). It was a £2.5 million project which was carried out by five universities: Loughborough University, Newcastle University, University of Sheffield, De Montfort University and University of Exeter.

4M Project website: http://mmmm.lboro.ac.uk/ 

Value: £2.5M

An investigation of the socio-economic, technical and appliance related factors affecting high electrical energy demand in UK homes (EPSRC)

September 2009
– September 2013

PhD thesis in the Building Energy Research Group at Loughborough University, UK. Supervised by Professor Kevin Lomas. The project comprised a large-scale home energy survey and monitoring of 315 domestic properties in Leicester, UK. As well as a detailed domestic appliance monitoring study in 27 of the homes. 

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Bruce-Konuah, A., Jones, R.V., Fuertes, A., Messi, L., Giretti, A. (2018). The role of thermostatic radiator valves for the control of space heating in UK social-rented households. Energy and Buildings, 173, 206-220.

Giretti, A., Vaccarini, M., Casals, M., Macarulla, M., Fuertes, A., Jones, R.V. (2018). Reduced-order modeling for energy performance contracting. Energy and Buildings, 167, 216-230.

Boomsma, C., Hafner, R., Pahl, S., Jones, R.V., Fuertes, A. (2018). Should we play games where energy is concerned? Perceptions of serious gaming as a technology to motivate energy behaviour change among social housing residents. Sustainability, 10, 1-18.

Jones, R.V., Fuertes, A., Gregori, E., Giretti, A. (2017). Stochastic behavioural models of occupants' main bedroom window operation for UK residential buildings. Building and Environment, 118, 144-158.

Boomsma, C., Pahl, S., Jones, R.V., Fuertes, A. (2017). "Damp in bathroom. Damp in back room. It's very depressing!" exploring the relationship between perceived housing problems, energy affordability concerns, and health and well-being in UK social housing. Energy Policy, 106, 382-393. 

Jones, R.V., Fuertes, A., Goodhew, S., de Wilde, P. (2017). The actual performance of aspiring low energy social houses in the United Kingdom. Energy Procedia, 105, 2181-2186.

Jones, R.V., Fuertes, A., Boomsma, C., Pahl, S. (2016). Space heating preferences in UK social housing: A socio-technical household survey combined with building audits. Energy and Buildings, 127, 382-398.

Jones, R.V., Lomas, K.J. (2016). Determinants of high electrical energy demand in UK homes: Appliance ownership and use. Energy and Buildings, 117, 71-82.

Jones, R.V., Goodhew, S., de Wilde, P. (2016). Measured indoor temperatures, thermal comfort and overheating risk: Post-occupancy evaluation of low energy houses in the UK. Energy Procedia, 88, 714-720. 

Boomsma, C., Goodhew, J., Pahl, S., Jones, R.V. (2016). The feasibility of saving energy in challenging organisational contexts: Testing energy visualisation in a social services office in the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science, 15, 58-74. 

Jones, R.V., Lomas, K.J. (2015). Determinants of high electrical energy demand in UK homes: Socio-economic and dwelling characteristics. Energy and Buildings, 101, 24-34. 

Jones, R.V.
, Fuertes, A., Lomas, K.J. (2015). The socio-economic, dwelling and appliance related factors affecting electricity consumption in domestic buildings. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 43, 901-917.

Wei, S., Jones, R., de Wilde, P. (2014). Driving factors for occupant-controlled space heating in residential buildings. Energy and Buildings, 70, 36-44.

Peer Reviewed Conference Publications

Giretti, A., Lemma, M., Casals, M., Macarulla, M., Fuertes, A., Jones, R. (2017). Effective building modelling for energy performance contracting. Building Simulation Applications BSA 2017: 3rd IBPSA-Italy conference, February 8-10. Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

Boomsma, C., Jones, R.V., Pahl, S., Fuertes, A. (2016). Exploring relationships between housing conditions, energy consumption, health and well-being among social housing tenants: Findings from the EnerGAware project. In IAPS 24th International Association of People-Environment Studies Conference, Abstracts of Presentations, 26 June – 1 July. Lund, Sweden. 

Boomsma, C., Jones, R.V., Pahl, S., Fuertes, A. (2016). Energy saving behaviours among social housing tenants: Exploring the relationship with dwelling characteristics, monetary concerns, and psychological motivations. BEHAVE 2016: 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, September 8-9. Coimbra, Portugal. 

Casals, M., Gangolells, M., Macarulla, M., Fuertes, A., Jones, R., Pahl, S., Ruiz, M. (2016). Promoting energy users’ behavioural change in social housing through a serious game. ECPPM 2016: 11th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, September 7-9. Limassol, Cyprus. 

Jones, R.V., Fuertes, A., de Wilde, P. (2015). The gap between simulated and measured energy performance: A case study across six identical new-build flats in the UK. Proceedings of BS2015: 14th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, December 7-9. Hyderabad, India.

Wei, S., Xu, C., Pan, S., Su, J., Wang, Y., Luo, X., Hassan, T., Firth, S., Fouchal, F., Jones, R., de Wilde, P. (2015). Analysis of factors influencing the modelling of occupant window opening behaviour in an office building in Beijing, China. Proceedings of BS2015: 14th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, December 7-9. Hyderabad, India. 

Jones, R. V., Goodhew, S., de Wilde, P. (2015). Measured indoor temperatures, thermal comfort and overheating risk: Post-Occupancy evaluation of low energy houses in the UK. CUE-2015-Applied Energy Symposium and Summit 2015: Low Carbon Cities and Urban Energy Systems, November 15-17. Fuzhou, China.

Beltrami, A., Jones, R. V., de Wilde, P., Picco, M. & Marengo, M. (2015). Towards an integrated decision tool for evaluation of energy performance during building and plant design. EG-ICE 2015, July 13-15. Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Wei, S., Jones, R., de Wilde, P. (2014). Extending the UK's Green Deal with the consideration of occupant behaviour. Building Simulation and Optimisation 2014, June 23-24. London, UK. 

de Wilde, P., Jones, R. (2014). The building energy performance gap: Up close and personal. Proceedings of the CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium: Moving to a new world of building systems performance, April 3-4. Dublin, Ireland.  

Wei, S., Wang, X., Jones, R., de Wilde, P. (2014). Using building performance simulation to save residential space heating energy: A pilot test. Proceedings of the 8th Windsor Conference: Counting the cost of comfort in a changing world, April 10-13. Windsor, UK.

Wei, S., Jones, R., Goodhew, S., de Wilde, P. (2013). Occupants' space heating behaviour in a simulation-intervention loop. Proceedings of BS2013: 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, August 26-28. Chambéry, France.

de Wilde, P., Pahl, S., Hamza, N., Wei, S., Jones, R., AboHela, I. (2013). Using building simulation to drive changes in occupant behaviour: a pilot study. Proceedings of BS2013: 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, August 26-28. Chambéry, France.

Pahl, S., de Wilde, P., Goodhew, J., Boomsma, C., Jones, R., Goodhew, S. (2013). eViz - Energy Visualisation for Carbon Reduction. Proceedings of ECEEE 2013 Summer Study on Energy EfficiencyJune 3-8. Club Belambra Les Criques, Presqu'île de Giens, Toulon/Hyères, France.

Links

Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-rory-jones-65491152/

ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rory_Jones/info