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    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

Rohinton Emmanuel is Professor of Sustainable Design and Construction and Director, Research Centre for Built Environment Asset Management (BEAM) at Glasgow Caledonian University.  He pioneered the inquiry of urban heat island studies in warm regions and has taught and consulted on climate and environment sensitive design, building and urban sustainability and its assessment, building energy efficiency, thermal comfort and carbon in the built environment.  Rohinton was the Secretary of the largest group of urban climate researchers, the International Association for Urban Climate (2010-2013) and was a member of the Expert Team on Urban and Building Climatology (ET 4.4) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as well as the CIB Working Group (W108) on “Buildings and Climate Change.”  He has also worked as a green building consultant (LEED certification) and has authored over 150 research publications, including An Urban Approach to Climate Sensitive Design: Strategies for the Tropics (E&FN Spon Press, 2005), Carbon Management in the Built Environment (Routledge, 2012), Critical Concepts in Built Environment: Sustainable Buildings (Routledge, 2014) and Urban Climate Challenges in the Tropics (Imperial College Press, 2016).


He is currently the Coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme (MUrCS – as well as a Co-Investigator of a H2020 Project (OPERANDUM).

Education/Academic qualification


3 Sep 199330 Jun 1997


20 Aug 199131 May 1993

Architecture, University of Moratuwa

1 Jan 198728 Feb 1990

Architecture, University of Moratuwa

1 Oct 198130 Nov 1984


  • Environmental Design
  • Urban, Community and Regional Planning

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Research Output 2007 2019

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The performance of an ASHP system using waste air to recover heat energy in a subway system

Ninikas, K., Hytiris, N., Emmanuel, R. & Aaen, B., 29 Jul 2019, In : Clean Technologies. 2, 1, p. 1-10 10 p., 508141.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Air source heat pumps
Heat pump systems
76 Downloads (Pure)

A "Local Climate Zone" based approach to urban planning in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Perera, N. G. R. & Emmanuel, R., Mar 2018, In : Urban Climate. 23, p. 188-203 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sri Lanka
urban planning
local planning
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An intelligent real-time occupancy monitoring system with enhanced encryption and privacy

Ahmad, J., Larijani, H., |Emmanuel, R., Mannion, M., Javed, A. & Ahmadinia, A., 8 Oct 2018, 2018 IEEE 17th International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing (ICCI*CC). IEEE, p. 524-529 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Intelligent buildings
Kalman filters
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Atmospheric impacts on daytime urban heat island

Krüger, E., Drach, P. & Emmanuel, R., 12 Nov 2018, In : Air, Soil and Water Research. 11, p. 1-3 3 p., ASW-2018-0009.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
heat island