Portrait of  Richard Nicholls Richard Nicholls

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Biography

Richards research interests have grown out of his academic background in applied physics and his early research career and industrial experience with low energy buildings. As a consequence of this he has research interests that focus on any of the features of a building from siting to services that have an effect on its energy consumption. The ultimate aim of this research is to reduce the carbon emissions to as low a value as is possible.

This research interest has expanded along with the focus of industry itself to also encompass sustainability in buildings. The two most recent research grants awarded to Richard were to investigate sustainability in buildings, looking at the code for sustainable homes and also daylighting in low energy buildings.

Research and Scholarship

Richards research interests have grown out of his academic background in applied physics and his early research career and industrial experience with low energy buildings. As a consequence of this he has research interests that focus on any of the features of a building from siting to services that have an effect on its energy consumption. The ultimate aim of this research is to reduce the carbon emissions to as low a value as is possible.

This research interest has expanded along with the focus of industry itself to also encompass sustainability in buildings. The two most recent research grants awarded to Richard were to investigate sustainability in buildings, looking at the code for sustainable homes and also daylighting in low energy buildings.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Nicholls, R (2017) ‘Energy Aspects of Default Heating Programmer Settings’. In: International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society Conference 2017, 13-14 September 2017, Leeds Beckett University

2016

Nicholls, R. and Richardson, C. (2016) ‘Measuring the Embodied Carbon Content of Concrete Paving’. In: International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) Conference 2016. : Leeds Sustainability Institute. pp. 262-273. ISBN 9780995569010

2015

Rajendra, A., Nicholls, R. and Temple, N. (2015) ‘Challenges of coast based Balinese ritual traditions’. In: Sharing Cultures 2015: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage. : Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development. pp. 293-300. ISBN 978-989-8734-12-9

Rajendra, A., Nicholls, R. and Temple, N. (2015) ‘The Importance of the Physical Boundary Line on Bali Coastal Tourist Resorts’. In: Recent Decisions in Technologies for Sustainable Development. Bali, Indonesia: Trans Tech Publications. p. 163. ISBN 9783038355045

2014

Sabie, K., Pitts, A. and Nicholls, R. (2014) ‘Sustainability Assessment Methods for the Gulf Region’. In: PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) Conference 2014, 16th-18th December 2014, Ahmedabad, India

Rajendra, A., Temple, N. and Nicholls, R. (2014) ‘Renegotiating Boundaries on Bali Coastal Tourist Resorts’. In: The 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Technology Development ICSTD, 30th-31st October 2014, Bali, Indonesia

2013

Rajendra, A. and Nicholls, R. (2013) ‘Public Space Issues in Bali Tourist Beaches’. In: Proceedings of REAL CORP 2013. Rome, Italy: CORP Association. pp. 743-749. ISBN 978-3-9503110-4-4

2006

Nicholls, R (2006) Green Building Bible: Volume 2: Low energy design technical reference . : Green Building Press. ISBN 1898130043

2004

Richardson, C. and Nicholls, R. (2004) ‘Embodied carbon researchArchitectural Technology (51), p. 14. ISSN 1361-326X

2002

Nicholls, R (2002) Low energy design . : Interface. ISBN 978-0953940929

Nicholls, R (2002) Heating, ventilation and air conditioning . Oldham: Interface. ISBN 0953940934

1999

Nicholls, R (1999) ‘Water conservation’. In: Sustainable architecture: European directives and building design. Oxford: Architectural Press. . ISBN 0750641347

1998

Nicholls, R (1998) ‘Designing for water conservation’. In: Sustainable Architecture: European Directives and Building Design. Oxford: Architectural Press. pp. 121-133. ISBN 9780750641340

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Esteem

Richard has written a number of books related to energy use in buildings and building services design. One book, the Green Building Bible: Volume 2 was runner up in the inaugural RIBA international construction book of the year award.

In recognition of the high quality of his teaching skills Richard has been made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Degree Supervision

Richard has been involved in both the supervision of PhD students and also the examining of PhD’s at other institutions.

PhD’s supervised to a successful completion include;
Embodied Carbon Measurement of Construction Products
Social Assessment Criteria for Middle East EAM’s
Comparative Analysis of Environmental Assessment Methods in the Gulf Region
Sustainability in Chinese Traditional Villages
Sustainable Development of the Kharthoum Nile River Front

PhD subjects currently being supervised include;
Conflicts Arising from Tourist Development of Balinese Beaches
A Passivhaus Standard for Meditteranean Climatic Regions

Enterprise Activities

Richard has collaborated with industry in a number of ways. The first has been in acknowledging the practical nature of Architectural education by asking practitioners to become involved in the teaching process through a series of guest lectures. The second area has been in the writing of textbooks again in close association with industry to ensure that the theory contaiuned within them is a reflection of current industrial practice. Finally, Richards last two research awards were innovation grants whos aim was to transfer academic knowledge quickly into the working environment.

Administrative Responsibilities

Richards administrative duties are related to the leadership of modules and the running of the MSc in Sustainable Architecture pathway. These include membership of course committes, being admissions tutor, course promotion, timetable development and room bookings, Audio visual, laboratory and IT arrangement. With regards to this latter role much involvement has been carried out updating and facilitating the use of the Univerities VLE, UniLearn. There are also duties carried out which are related to course development such as membership of School Accreditation and Validation Panels (SAVP).

Teaching and Professional Activities

Richard is involved with the teaching of environmental science, building services and sustainability to all undergraduate years of the BA Architecture and BSc Architectural Technology pathways. He is also involved with teaching similar issues with the postgraduate Architecture students. He is module leader for 13 subjects and is course leader for the MSc in Sustainable Architecture. The MSc in sustainable architecture is a specialist course whose aim is to equip graduates with the range of skills and knowledge necessary for them to take part in or lead design teams seeking to enhance the sustainability of our built environment.