Dr Rory Jones
Lecturer in Built Environment
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
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.
- 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 2021-2022
- BLDG507 Low Energy Building Design
- BLDG608 Building Control and Commissioning
- 2013: PhD, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Building Energy Research Group, Loughborough University, UK.
- 2019: PGCert in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of Plymouth, UK.
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.
Grants & contracts
The Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon (European Regional Development Fund)
October 2019 - January 2023
Co-Investigator: The project will provide a new catalyst for low-carbon economic growth in Devon by enabling Devon-based organisations to access research, business support, and engage with the University of Plymouth around the low-carbon agenda. Dr Jones' research will focus on helping businesses to reduce their energy consumption by means of energy monitoring and visualisation and behaviour change practices.
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: €2MExpert 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.
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.
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
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/
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.
Wei, S., Jones, R., de Wilde, P. (2014). Driving factors for occupant-controlled space heating in residential buildings. Energy and Buildings, 70, 36-44.
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.
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 Efficiency, June 3-8. Club Belambra Les Criques, Presqu'île de Giens, Toulon/Hyères, France.
Co-Organiser of the IBPSA - England Symposium 'Bridging the Energy Performance Gap'. 25 October 2013, University of Plymouth, Plymouth.
Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-rory-jones-65491152/