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Dr Eshrar Latif BArch, MSc, MSc, PhD, Certified Passive House Designer

Dr Eshrar Latif

BArch, MSc, MSc, PhD, Certified Passive House Designer

Lecturer, Teaching and Research

+44 (0)29 2087 0217
4.05, Friary House, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, CF10 3AE
Available for postgraduate supervision


  • Programme Leader: MSc Sustainable Mega-Buildings
  • Module leader: Sustainable Mega-Buildings Overview
  • Module leader: Sustainable Service Systems for Mega-Buildings
  • Module leader: Sustainable Mega-Buildings Design
  • Module leader: Climate. Comfort and Energy (CCE)

External activities

Journal Reviewer

  • Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier)
  • Energy and Buildings (Elsevier)
  • Building and Environment (Elsevier)
  • Composite Part B: Engineering (Elsevier)
  • Engineering Structures (Elsevier)
  • Springer Nature
  • Buildings (MDPI)
  • Energies (MDPI)
  • Sustainability (MDPI)

Member of Editorial Board

  • International Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs

Other information

  • Certified Passive House Designer
  • Leed Green Associate
  • EU Prof/Trac certified traning expert in NZEB principles
  • APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • STEM Ambassador
  • Registered as an Architect in Bangladesh
  • Senior member of Asia Pacific Institute of Science and Engineering
  • Member of Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Associate memeber (AMEI) of Energy Institute, UK

Research Awards

  • Co-investigator in GW4 initiator grant 'Circular economy for affordable, low-carbon secondary raw materials' (IF11-003), grant awarded in January, 2019.

Other Awards

  • Outstanding reviewer award: Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier)
  • Outstanding reviewer award: Energy and Buildings (Elsevier)
  • Outstanding reviewer award: Building and Environment (Elsevier)

Before joining Cardiff University, Eshrar was a Research Officer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering of Bath University working for the HEMPSEC project. The HEMPSEC Project is aimed at expanding the market for a pre-fabricated, pre-dried panelised system of Hemp-lime construction. It assures high quality construction, rapid on-site erection, optimal hygrothermal performance and results in energy and resource efficient buildings.

Eshrar obtained his professional Bachelor of Architecture award from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1999. Between 2000 and 2002, Eshrar worked as a junior architect in Bangladesh.

Eshrar completed his first MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies ( Centre for Alternative Technology and UEL) in 2003. Between 2004 and 2008, Eshrar was involved in numerous architectural design projects in the UK.

Eshrar obtained his second MSc in Planning Practice and Research from Cardiff University in 2009. Eshrar was awarded a PhD studentship by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the industrial partners in the same year. He has completed his PhD on ‘Hygrothermal performance of hemp based thermal insulation materials in the UK’ in November 2013.

Eshrar was  awarded a certificate in ‘A systems approach to product and service design’ from Cornell University, College of Engineering in 2010.

Eshrar is also a Certified Passive House Designer and a LEED Green Associate.










Teaching profile

Energy Balance (Climate, Comfort and Energy) Thermal Comfort (Climate, Comfort and Energy) Passive Buildings Climate Characterisation(Climate, Comfort and Energy) Micro-climate Modification (Climate, Comfort and Energy) Solar Energy (Climate, Comfort and Energy) Mega  Buildings: typology, history and development,The  socio-cultural implications of mega-building design Aesthetic, visual and skyline implications   of mega buildings

Previously delivered lectures at Bath University on Hemp-lime, Natural Fibre Construction.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Hygrothermal performance of bio-based thermal insulation materials
  • Hygrothermal performance of hemp-lime
  • Energy performance monitoring of buildings and test cells
  • Laboratory-based experiments related to building physics
  • Innovative construction materials
  • Low energy building design
  • Simulation of heat and mass transfer.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Low energy buildings
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Bio-based building materials
  • Hygrothermal performance of building materials
  • Hygrothermal performance of building envelopes
  • Thermal and hygrothermal simulation

Current supervision

Mohamed Dgali

Research student

Adedamola Ojerinde

Adedamola Ojerinde

Research student

Hashem Alhumayani

Hashem Alhumayani

Research student