Dr Sepideh Korsavi

Dr Sepideh Korsavi

Lecturer in Building Engineering

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



Dr Sepideh Korsavi is a lecturer in Building Engineering and researcher in the department of Architecture and Built Environment, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, UK. Sepideh was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the Built and Natural Environment Department, Centre for Low Impact Buildings, Coventry University, UK, in November 2020. During her Ph.D., she studied integrated aspects of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) such as thermal comfort, visual comfort and indoor air quality alongside occupants’ adaptive behaviours in schools to provide more comfortable environments for school occupants and change policies regarding the design of schools. Sep received 'The Lanchester Trust Student Prize 2020' for demonstrating Enterprise, Initiative, Creativity, and Invention in my Ph.D. thesis. She also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on energy efficiency, carbon emission and occupants’ behaviours in non-residential buildings at the University of Plymouth, UK. 

Sep is very passionate to explore how buildings can be designed, maintained and retrofitted to mitigate climate change and its environmental impacts. She is focusing on how to reduce energy consumption and carbon emission in buildings while improving different aspects of IEQ to have energy-efficient and healthy buildings. Throughout her studies and career, she has carried out research in different areas including sustainable design of buildings, buildings’ energy and carbon performance, IEQ (thermal comfort, indoor air quality and visual environment), Passivhaus standards, Photovoltaic (PV) panels, Building Management Systems (BMSs), occupancy data, Post-Occupancy Evaluation, occupants’ adaptive behaviours and physiological characteristics in relation to IEQ and built environment. 



PhD in Built Environment 

MSc in Architecture (Honours)

BSc in Architectural Engineering (Honours)



Teaching interests

Research Methods in the Built Environment 

Building Physics 

Sustainable and Climate-Responsive Design

Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ), Thermal Comfort, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Visual Comfort




17. Dong, Bing, Yapan Liu, Wei Mu, Zixin Jiang, Pratik Pandey, Tianzhen Hong, Bjarne Olesen et al. A Global Building Occupant Behavior Database. Scientific data 9, no. 1 (2022): 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-022-01475-3

16. Grabe, J.V., Korsavi, S.S., A psychological model for the prediction of energy-relevant behaviours in buildings: Cognitive parameter optimization, Cognitive Computation and Systems, 2022, pp. 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1049/ccs2.12042

15. Qavidel Fard, Z., Zomorodian, Z.S., Korsavi, S. S., Application of Machine Learning in Thermal Comfort Studies: A Review of Methods, Performance and Challenges, Energy and Buildings, 2021, p. 111771. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.111771

14. Korsavi, S.S., Jones, R.V. and Fuertes, A., 2021. Operations on windows and external doors in UK primary schools and their effects on indoor environmental quality. Building and Environment, vol. 207, no. PB, p.108416. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2021.108416

13. Korsavi, S.S., Jones, R.V. and Fuertes, A., 2021. The gap between automated building management system and office occupants' manual window operations: Towards personalised algorithms. Automation in Construction, vol. 132, p.103960. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2021.103960

12. Korsavi, S.S., Jones, R.V., Bilverstone, P.A. and Fuertes, A., 2021. A longitudinal assessment of the energy and carbon performance of a PassivHaus university building in the UK. Journal of Building Engineering, vol. 44, p.103353. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2021.103353

11. Korsavi, S.S. and Montazami, A., Mumovic, D, 2020. Perceived Indoor Air Quality in UK Primary Schools: Impact of Environmental Variables and Thermal Sensation. Indoor Air, vol. 31, no. 2. pp. 480-501. https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12740

10. Korsavi, S.S. and Montazami, A., Mumovic, D, 2020. The impact of Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) on Children’s Overall Comfort: A Regression Approach, Building and Environment. vol. 185, p.107309.


9. Korsavi, S.S. and Montazami, A., Mumovic, D, 2020. Ventilation Rates in UK Primary schools; Contextual, Occupant and Building-related (COB) Factors. Building and Environment, vol. 181, p. 107061.


8. Korsavi, S.S., Montazami, A. and Mumovic, D., 2020. Indoor air quality (IAQ) in naturally-ventilated primary schools in the UK: Occupant-related factors. Building and Environment, vol. 180, p.106992.


7. Korsavi, S.S. and Montazami, A., 2020. Children's thermal comfort and adaptive behaviours; UK primary schools during non-heating and heating seasons. Energy and Buildings, vol. 214, p.109857. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.109857

6. Korsavi, S.S. and Montazami, A., 2019. Developing a valid method to study adaptive behaviours with regard to IEQ in primary schools. Building and Environment, vol. 153, pp.1-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.02.018

5. Korsavi, S.S., Montazami, A. and Brusey, J., 2018. Developing a design framework to facilitate adaptive behaviours. Energy and Buildings, vol. 179, pp.360-373. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.09.011

4. Korsavi, S.S., Zomorodian, Z.S. and Tahsildoost, M., 2018. Energy and economic performance of rooftop PV panels in the hot and dry climate of Iran. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 174, pp.1204-1214. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.11.026

3. Danaeinia, A. and Korsavi, S.S., 2017. Techniques to carry weight loads and resist against bending in conical shells, cases in Kashan. Iran University of Science & Technology, 27(1), pp.9-18. http://ijaup.iust.ac.ir/browse.php?a_id=279&sid=1&slc_lang=en

2. Korsavi, S.S., Zomorodian, Z.S. and Tahsildoost, M., 2016. Visual comfort assessment of daylit and sunlit areas: A longitudinal field survey in classrooms in Kashan, Iran. Energy and Buildings, vol. 128, pp.305-318. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.06.091

1. Zomorodian, Z.S., Korsavi, S.S. and Tahsildoost, M., 2016. The effect of window configuration on daylight performance in classrooms: A field and simulation study. Int. J. Architect. Eng. Urban Plan, vol. 26, no. 1, pp.15-24. http://ijaup.iust.ac.ir/article-1-254-fa.html

Conference Papers

7. Montazami, A, Korsavi, S, and Howell, G, 2020, Occupants’ satisfaction in BREEAM Excellent Certified Buildings, The 54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), New Zealand, 25-28 November 2020.

6. Korsavi, S.S. and Montazami, A., 2018. “Adaptive Behaviours and Occupancy Patterns in UK Primary Schools: Impacts on Comfort and Indoor Quality,” in Windsor Conference, Rethinking Comfort, pp. 627–639. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/228154286.pdf

5. Korsavi, S.S., Montazami, A. and Zomorodian, Z.S., 2017, “Evaluating Thermal Environment and Thermal Comfort in Schools Located in Kashan-Iran in Mid-Seasons,” in Passive Low Energy Architecture: Design to Thrive, pp. 1163–1170.

4. Korsavi, S.S. Aliabadi, M, 2014, Daylight Quality Affecting Library users' performance through Psychological and Physiological Effects. 2nd Iran Lighting Design International Conference. Iran, Tehran.

3. Korsavi, S.S. Aliabadi, M, 2014, Daylighting Design by Daylight Metrics and Reflectivity of Surfaces, the Case of Libraries. 2nd Iran Lighting Design International Conference. Iran, Tehran.

2. Korsavi, S.S. Aliabadi, M, 2014, Daylighting Design of Sunny Skies, the Case of Libraries. 2nd International Congress on Structure, Architecture and Urban Development. Iran, Tabriz.

1. Korsavi, S.S. Mehdizadeh, S. 2013, The earth and Ice-Pits Sustainable Architecture in Iran. The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment. https://papers.iafor.org/proceedings/conference-proceedings-ecsee2013/



Other academic activities


Presenting at Sustainable Earth Conference, University of Plymouth, UK, 24-25 June 2021

Presenting in Symposium of Biophilic Design for Health and Well-being in Post-pandemic Schools, UK, 28th May 2021

Presenting at Mission Possible: Art and Enterprise for a Zero Carbon World, University of Plymouth, UK, 17 November 2020

Presenting in Windsor Conference, Rethinking Comfort, UK, 2018

Presenting in Faculty Research Symposium, Coventry University, UK, 06 June 2018

Presenting in Faculty Research Symposium, Coventry University, UK, 29 March 2017

Presenting in Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference, Design to Thrive, Edinborough, UK, 2017

Presenting in the 2nd Lighting Design International Conference, Tehran University, Iran, 2014

Additional information

Awards and Scholarships:

Winning Lanchester Trust Student Prize, Coventry University, UK, November 2020

Winning Postgraduate research mobility Fund, Coventry University, March 2019

Winning PhD Studentship in Coventry University, UK, September 2016

Winning PhD Studentship in Victoria University, New Zealand, September 2016

Winning the competition on design of a wall with recycled and waste materials, Shiraz University, Iran, 05/2013

Winning the competition on Cable Structures in Kashan University, 05/2012