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Dr Hu Du BEng PgDip PhD FHEA

Dr Hu Du


Senior Research Fellow

+44 (0)29 2087 5589
1.28, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision



Dr Hu Du’s main responsibilities at Cardiff University include:

  • Managing the delivery of European Commission Horizon 2020 Plug-n-Harvest project
  • Developing research proposals for external funding of research

External activities

  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the International Building Performance Simulation Association
  • Welsh Crucible 2017
  • Reviewer Board Member of Energies
  • Reviewer of Applied Energy
  • Reviewer of Building and Environment
  • Reviewer of Building Simulation
  • Reviewer of Automation in Construction
  • Reviewer of Building Services Engineering Research & Technology


Dr Hu Du is the Principal Investigator for European Commission funded Horizon 2020 Plug-n-Harvest project (2017-2022) at Cardiff University. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Building Services at Liverpool John Moores University. He was supported by the Welsh Government's Sêr Cymru programme researching into future technologies for capturing solar energy and the integration of solar technologies in the built environment, at building communities and larger scales. The Sêr Cymru programme is part of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales’ strategy to increase research capacity in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) related subjects, and is designed to attract high-profile scientific talent to Welsh universities.

Before joining Cardiff in December 2014, Dr Hu Du was a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Energy Simulation at the Oxford School of Architecture and Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer after 2-year lectureship at the same institute. He led a postgraduate teaching module (Modelling and Passive Design Strategies) and supervised MSc dissertations on the MSc Sustainable Building: Performance and Design programme. He also worked on a range of cutting-edge research projects on climate change adaptation of new buildings, innovative refurbishment and building performance evaluation of existing buildings. He developed and evaluated refurbishment strategies for two historical office buildings funded under the Innovate UK’s ’Invest in Innovative Refurbishment’ programme and conducted building performance evaluation for a visitor centre funded under the Innovate UK’s ’Building Performance Evaluation’ programme. He also developed climate change adaptation strategies for five live architecture projects (a new eco-town development, two low impact schools and two sustainable healthcare buildings) funded under the Innovate UK’s ’Design for future climate: adapting buildings’ programme.

Dr Hu Du gained his PhD from University of Northumbria with the thesis titled: ’Modelling of building performance under the UK climate change projections and the prediction of future heating and cooling design loads in building spaces’. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Building Energy and Environmental Performance Modelling from Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and a BEng in Building Environment and Services Engineering from Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China. As PhD researcher, Hu worked on the 3-year EPSRC funded COPSE (COincident Probabilistic climate change weather data for a Sustainable built Environment) project (2008-2011), wherein he developed a simple calculation method for predicting the distribution of future cooling design loads, and a tool in Matlab to generate future Test Reference Year and Design Reference Year weather files from UK Climate Projections 2009 Weather Generator raw data.

















Dr Hu Du have been giving guest lectures, public speaking and running workshops on the following subjects:

  • Weather data for buildings
  • Renewable technologies for buildings
  • Perspectives on building performance
  • Simulation methods for design performance assessment
  • Urban climate and prediction of urban heat island effect
  • Design for future climate
  • Building physics
  • Indoor air and mould
  • building services engineering design and research

Research interests

Dr Hu Du has been the Principal Investigator of 4 research projects. He has been active in pursuing research in the low carbon building field where he has been working on 17 cutting-edge research and innovation projects (with a total value over £2.8 million) funded by European Commission, Innovate UK, EPSRC, Welsh Government, British Council and Leverhulme Trust.

Dr Hu Du is interested in building performance modelling and evaluation, sustainable building technologies, building adaptation in a changing climate, innovative refurbishment, lighting environment modelling, dynamic thermal modelling, CFD modelling, urban scale modelling, building optimisation and statistical analysis of big data. His projects and roles in these projects are listed below.

  • European Commission (Horizon 2020): Plug-n-Harvest, 2017-2022, €445,222 for Cardiff University (total European Commission grant €5.99m), role: PI at Cardiff University.
  • Welsh European Funding Office Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (European Social Funds, KESS 2 East): Developing optimal domestic low carbon ventilation technologies to improve air quality and reduce health risks from indoor and outdoor air pollution, 2019-2022, £59,411, Co-I.
  • HEFCW Welsh Crucible Seedcorn funding: Health cost of mould and damp in Welsh homes, 2018-2019, £9,976, role: PI.
  • British Council (Researcher Links Workshop Grants): China-UK Workshop on Renewable Energy Systems in Zero Carbon Villages, 2018-2019, £22,800, role: PI.
  • HEFCW Cardiff University Global Challenges Research Fund: HABITAT- HArvest modular façade for zero bills Buildings In Tibet plATeau, 2018, £34,408, role: PI.
  • Welsh Government: Sêr Cymru Academic, 2014-2019, £360,000, role: Co-I.
  • Innovate UK (Invest in innovative refurbishment – Tranch B Phase 2): Innovative refurbishment of internal wall insulation, 2013-2014, £839,439, role: Co-I.
  • Innovate UK (Invest in innovative refurbishment –Tranche 2): Innovative glazing and ventilation package for historic buildings, 2013-2014, £601,849, role: Co-I.
  • Innovate UK (Invest in innovative refurbishment –Tranche 1): Innovative glazing and ventilation package for historic buildings, 2012-2013, £19,986, role: Co-I.
  • Innovate UK (Invest in innovative refurbishment – Tranch B Phase 1): Innovative installation of internal wall insulation, 2012-2013, £19,992, role: Co-I.
  • Innovate UK (Building Performance Evaluation): In-use BPE study of College Lake Wildlife Visitors Centre, 2012-14, £58,290, role: R.
  • Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): Dragon Junior School for the Future, 2012-13, £99,915, role: R.
  • Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): New Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital, 2012-13, £99,942, role: R.
  • Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): Edge Lane – TIME ‘To Improve Mental Health Environments’ Project, 2012, £99,752, role: R.
  • Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): Ebbw vale 11-16 School, 2012, £100,000, role: R.
  • Innovate UK (Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings): NW Bicester Eco Town, 2012, £100,000, role: R.
  • EPSRC: COPSE – COincident Probabilistic climate change weather data for a Sustainable built Environment, 2008-11, £84,790, role: PhD R.
  • Leverhulme Trust: A sustainable hub – regeneration of Cardiff centre station, 2008, Role: Volunteer

Supervision experience

2 research assistants and 4 PhD students


I am interested in taking 1 or 2 PhD students each year in the following research fields:

  • Big data for buildings and cities
  • Building integrated renewables
  • Urban heat and microclimate
  • Low carbon ventilation
  • Weather data and climate change
  • Building performance prediction
  • Modular building retrofit

Current supervision

Lei Chen

Lei Chen

Research student

Faisal Farooq

Faisal Farooq

Research student

Yangluxi Li

Research student

Nur Nasuha Abd. Salam

Research student

Past projects