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Department of Engineering

Dr Andy Acred


Andy Acred

Research Associate in Low Carbon Heating and Cooling of Cities

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Sustainable Development

Telephone: +44 1223 7 46971



Research interests

My research focuses on heating, cooling and ventilation in buildings, with a particular focus on low-energy technologies and buoyancy-driven flows.

I am working in collaboration with Dyson, using experimental methods to model air movement within rooms, and helping to inform efficient space heating and cooling strategies.

I have a strong interest in low-energy natural ventilation. My Ph.D. project centered around developing simple design methods for natural ventilation in multi-storey buildings, with a view to informing design guidance and improving the understanding of natural ventilation amongst architects and building services engineers. I am taking this work forward, extending current design methods and complementing this theoretical work with small-scale experimental modelling. This work includes use of a scale model of the James Dyson building, currently under construction at CUED's Trumpington Street site.

I have also just joined the LoHCool project, a collaborative research effort between a number of UK universities and Chongqing, which aims to understand and model the buildings in Chongqing, ultimately seeking to suggest citywide improvements to energy performance and living conditions.

Teaching activity

3A1 Fluid Mechanics (boundary layers lab).

IB Thermofluid Mechanics (supervision).

Other positions

Member of the CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group committee.