To liaise with people involved in the various research projects and academic activities with the Welsh School of Architecture. Aiming to develop knowledge and tools to reduce carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions associated with the built environment.
Diana is currently responsible for achieving the Cross-Cutting Themes (CCTs) targets for the SBED project (the Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration Project). These themes are Environmental Sustainability and Equality & Diversity. The CCTs are considered essential for the achievement of a well-balanced, sustainable and innovative economy. As the Sustainability Officer for SBED, Diana provides support to Welsh companies in the convergence areas across all sectors. Some of the support provided includes Environmental Action Plans, development of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Equality & Diversity improvement plans.
In previous projects, Diana has been part of the development of case studies and databases related to the energy use of buildings and infrastructure models. Furthermore, she has also been assisting with the development of dynamic simulation models and software tools for buildings and urban scale projects. Her work also included case studies related to prototype energy master planning models for new and existing developments, allowing early stage design advice regarding the applicability of the building form and low carbon technologies.
Diana is an active member of the research community, contributing to research papers and attending conferences and seminars in various countries. She has been invited as a guest speaker in various international universities in China, Colombia, as well as in the UK.
Particularly interested in the holistic sustainable design of buildings and strategies to reduce carbon emissions in urban developments.
Research background on the development of Energy and Environmental reports based on a variety of data sources including bulk data of actual Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) of large urban areas. Further research focus on thermal and energy analysis of different urban layouts. As well as a research project developed on Eco-Towns in the UK and implementation of green technology within urban developments.
Extensive work developed on thermal modelling. Also exploring the building infrastructure as a mean to develop urban and regional carbon emission modelling tools to predict energy demand and supply for domestic and non-domestic buildings.
Diana is an Architectural Engineer graduated with a BEng Honours degree from Cardiff University, School of Engineering. She also has a Master of Sciences (MSc) Degree in Environmental Design of Buildings from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
After working in a couple of projects in South America, she returned to Cardiff to join the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI). She worked for 3 years with the LCRI Research Theme: Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE) as part of the workpackage 5. Mainly focused on Urban Scale Energy Demand and Supply. The main target was to find the best methods to model and predict the impact of appropriate measures towards improving the energy efficiency of the built environment. Throughout this research new software tools were developed, as well as the exploitation of existing databases and creating new ones (i.e. using Digimap, EPCs data, etc). After the LCRI, Diana joined the Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration Project (SBED) as the Environmental Sustainability Officer.