Research Assistant, LCRI
Research Group: Architectural Science Group
Welsh School of Architecture
Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue
Telephone: (44) 029 20870456
Fax: (44) 029 20874623
Kruti Gandhi is presently working on WP3 of the LCRI Convergence Energy Programme, the Scenario Modelling for a Low Carbon Wales. The overall objective of this research is to develop an integrated scenario and modelling framework to support the innovation and industrial development that will underpin the transition to a low carbon economy for Wales. This activity will enable the LCRI to model the contributions of emerging energy technologies (developed through the Industrial Research Projects) towards a low Carbon Wales, providing valuable information for policy makers in Wales and the wider UK, and informing future research activities across the broad technological fields.
The residential sector is of great importance in this project as it is a large contributor to the overall Welsh carbon emissions and is also one of the policy areas devolved to WAG, so the work in which she is particularly involved is looking at the large scale modelling of energy and emissions from the Welsh residential sector.
Kruti graduated from India with a BArch and from WSA with an MSc in the Environmental Design Of Buildings. She has practised architecture in India as a qualified architect and has more than four years of experience of working as a Part II architect in architectural firm in UK. Her previous research was on the Sustainable refurbishment of building facades and external walls (SUSREF), a research project funded by the European Commission under FP7 framework in which she had researched on the physical conditions of the historic external wall to assess the performance of the building envelope before and after refurbishment by using hygrothermal modelling tool and carrying out physical field testing.
She has a general interest in environmental design of the built environment within the challenging and yet stimulating fields of energy and sustainability. As a natural outcome of her interest in the refurbishment of existing buildings led her to have knowledge of how existing buildings use energy, the demands and loads within buildings and the impact of occupancy on energy use. This interest has led her to use various environmental modelling tools for the research and some of them had been used intensely in her present and previous researches.