Dr John Kaiser Calautit

BEng Hons, PhD, AMIMechE, AMASCE, GradEI

John CalautitResearch Associate
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Arts Tower
Western Bank
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, S10 2TN

Tel: +44 (0) 7544158981

Email: J.Calautit@sheffield.ac.uk


Profile

Dr Calautit received his Mechanical Engineering (Class I) honours degree from Heriot Watt University in 2010 and his Ph.D from the University of Leeds in 2013. He has held full time academic positions in two of the UK’s leading institutions namely the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield. Research output includes peer-reviewed journal publications in Applied Energy, Architectural Science Review, Building and Environment, Energy in Buildings, Renewable Energy, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics and Chemical Engineering Transactions.
Dr Calautit is the Deputy Editor of Engineering Sustainability in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Associate Editor of the upcoming journal Innovative Infrastructure Solutions in Springer. He is member of the editorial board of International Journal of Modelling and Optimization, American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, International Journal of Advances in Engineering and Technology, Architecture and Environment, International Journal of Sustainable Energy and Environment, Journal of High Performance Computing, International Journal of Advanced Renewable Energy Research, American Journal of Modelling and Optimization and Global Journal of Mathematical Analysis.

Dr Calautit is also a regular reviewer of international journals including; Building and Environment, Energy and Buildings, Applied Energy, Energy, Sustainable Cities and Society, Building Simulation, The Aeronautical Journal, Open Journal of Energy Efficiency, International Journal of Energy Engineering and Computational Water, Energy, and Environmental Engineering and book publisher Wiley.

Dr Calautit serves on the scientific and review committees of international conferences including Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, The Energy Forum, Zero Energy Mass Custom Home, International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering, The International Conference on Sustainable Systems and the Environment, International Conference on Industrial Design Engineering, International Conference on Computational Modelling, Simulation and Analysis and European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Areas of Research

Dr Calautit has designed, built and tested innovative passive cooling technologies taking his work from desktop design through laboratory scale testing and on to full-scale installation. Dr Calautit has extensive expertise in design and simulation modelling of new and existing buildings both in public and private sector. Dr Calautit has developed passive cooling technologies for the Middle East market and continues to develop thermal comfort strategies for large infrastructure providers in the region. He along with his team have recently filed UK patent applications for a zero energy passive cooling device (1321709.6) and humidity control system (GB1506768.9). In 2014, He and Dr Hughes formed a spin out company ‘Free Running Buildings’ in partnership with the University of Leeds and IP Group PLC. Using patented technology developed by the founders Dr Hughes and Dr Calautit the company transfers the UK’s leading expertise in the field of building physics into the marketplace.

Other research interest lies in thermal comfort, indoor air quality (IAQ), natural ventilation, renewable energy technologies, building engineering, urban physics, wind engineering, design optimisation, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel testing.

Research

Qatar National Research Fund 6th Cycle, NPRP 6-461-2-188 (2013-2016)
Project: Thermal Comfort of Spectators and Players in Qatari Stadiums
Responsible for undertaking research under the guidance of the principal investigator and support the supervision of students who are also working on the research, producing research reports and publications, presenting at international seminars and conferences, collaborating with research colleagues and support staff, and contribute to relevant teaching activities within the department.

Qatar National Research Fund 3rd Cycle, NPRP 09-138-2-059 (2011-2013)
Project: Performance investigation of a low carbon ventilation device for optimum thermal comfort
Responsible for the development of a prototype low energy residential building cooling device for Qatari residents based on traditional wind tower arrangements, dissemination of research findings, presenting at international seminars and conferences, collaborating with research colleagues and support staff, providing guidance and support to any students associated with the project, supporting joint research activities and undertake any other duties relevant to the programme of research.

Research Supervision

  • PhD student supervision: 3 PhD students (2013 – Present)

Mr Dominic O’Connor
Start date: August 2013
Project: Integrating heat recovery into natural ventilation for energy conservation

Ms Polytimi Sofotasiou
Start date: July 2013
Project: Aerothermal comfort conditions in sports arenas in hot- humid climates

Ms Siti Diana Nasir
Start date: December 2013
Project: Influence of urban canyon on the performance of pavement solar collector

  • Masters student supervision: 5 Masters student (5 completed; 2012 – 2014)

Teaching Experience

• Application of CFD in Building Engineering/Physics
MEng Architecture Engineering
CIVE5810M - Building Services Engineering III
• Lecture Course: Energy consumption in buildings: Domestic and industrial
Energy Technology Innovation Initiative, University of Leeds
Renewable Energy, Leeds International Summer School
• Laboratory: Wind tunnel simulation (Practical)
Level 2 and Level 3 Civil Engineering
CIVE2815 - Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles
CIVE3815 - Building Physics 2: Services Design
• Tutorial Course: Autodesk Ecotect modelling and simulation
MEng Architecture Engineering
CIVE5709M - Architectural Engineering Project

Consultancy Experience

  • CFD modelling of a residential building with wind towers (Nakheel, UAE), 2012
  • CFD modelling of a circular wind tower device (Midtherm Engineering, UK), 2012
  • CFD modelling of building construction perimeters (Board, UK), 2012
  • Dynamic thermal modelling of office spaces in University of College London using sustainable energy analysis tools (Cynergin, UK), 2013
  • Dynamic thermal modelling and design of new teaching space in the School of Civil Engineering (University of Leeds, UK), 2013
  • CFD modelling of a hand-held device for respiratory rate measurement (Sheffield Hallam University, UK), 2013
  • Dynamic thermal modelling of office spaces in Institute Advance Legal Studies (IALS) building using Autodesk Ecotect analysis tools (Cynergin, UK), 2014
  • Thermal comfort and energy analysis of a school in Abu Dhabi (Free Running Buildings, UK), 2015
  • Thermal and energy modelling of the Dover Discovery Centre using Autodesk Ecotect analysis tools (Free Running Buildings, UK), 2015
  • Thermal and energy modelling of the Epsom Building using Autodesk Ecotect analysis tools (British Gas, UK), 2015

Editorial Experience

  • Deputy editor of Engineering Sustainability (ICE); ISSN:1478-4629.
  • Associate editor of Innovative Infrastructure Solutions (Springer); ISSN: 2364-4176
  • Member of the editorial board of international journals: American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture; ISSN:2328-3998, International Journal of Advances in Engineering and Technology; ISSN:2231-1963, Architecture and Environment; ISSN:2329-2296, American Journal of Energy Research; ISSN:2328-7330, International Journal of Sustainable Energy and Environment; ISSN:2327-0330, International Journal of Engineering and Technology; ISSN:2077-1185, International Journal of Renewable Energy and Environmental Engineering; ISSN:2348-0157, Journal of High Performance Computing; ISSN:2230-7192, International Journal of Advanced Renewable Energy Research; ISSN:2251-9408, American Journal of Modeling and Optimization; ISSN:2328-3998 and Global Journal of Mathematical Analysis; ISSN:2307-9002.
  • Guest editor of the special issue “Modelling and Simulation of Building Energy Performance” in Modelling and Simulation in Engineering; ISSN:1687-5605.
  • Member of the scientific committee of international conferences: Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB), The Energy Forum, International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering (TMCE), The International Conference on Sustainable Systems and the Environment (ISSE), International Conference on Computational Modeling, Simulation and Analysis (ICCMSA), International Conference on Production, Energy and Reliability (ICPER), European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE).
  • Reviewer in international journals: Building and Environment; ISSN: 0360-1323, Energy and Buildings; ISSN: 0378-7788, Energy; ISSN:0360-5442, Applied Energy; ISSN:0306-2619, Sustainable Cities and Society; ISSN: 2210-6707, Open Journal of Energy Efficiency; ISSN:2169-2637, International Journal of Energy Engineering; ISSN:2225-6571, Building Simulation: An International; ISSN: 1996-3599, The Aeronautical Journal; ISSN:0001-9240, and Computational Water, Energy, and Environmental Engineering; ISSN:2168-1570.
  • Reviewer of book proposal; Wiley Publishing Inc.

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Member (AMIMechE) of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Associate Member (AMASCE) of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Graduate Member (GradIED) of the Institution of Engineering Designers
  • Graduate Member (GradEI) of the Energy Institute
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET)
  • Member of the Engineers Without Borders UK
  • Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

Awards

  • Outstanding Reviewer in Sustainable Cities and Society, Elsevier (ISSN: 2210-6707)
  • Top 10th percentile in terms of the number of reviews completed for Sustainable Cities and Society, Elsevier (ISSN: 2210-6707) in the past two years.
  • Best Paper Award (International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering 2015)
  • Post-doctoral research (Qatar National Research Fund 6th Cycle, NPRP 6-461-2-188)
  • PhD research (Qatar National Research Fund 3rd Cycle, NPRP 09-138-2-059)
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering Honours First Class Degree
  • First Prize, Robotics Challenge Competition, 2008, Heriot-Watt University, UAE
  • Most Intelligent and Most Elegant Robot, 2008, Heriot-Watt University, UAE
  • Deans Lister (No. 5) Mapua Institute of Technology, Philippines
  • Graduated with Honors, Second Honorable Mention in Secondary School

Certification

  • Recognition and appreciation of research contributions to ACE, 2015
  • Recognition and appreciation of research contributions to ICAE, 2015
  • Recognition and appreciation of research contributions to EIEHC 2014
  • Urban Physics 2013, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Recognition and appreciation of research contributions to ICAE, 2012
  • Recognition and appreciation of research contributions to SDEWES, 2012

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Sofotasiou P (2016) Design and Optimisation of a Novel Passive Cooling Wind Tower In Rodrigues L (Ed.), Sustainable Energy for a Resilient Future (pp. 193-202). University of Nottingham & WSSET. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sofotasiou P, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2016) Towards an integrated computational method to optimise design strategies for the built environment In Rodrigues L (Ed.), Sustainable Energy for a Resilient Future (pp. 48-57). Nottingham: University of Nottingham & WSSET. RIS download Bibtex download
  • O' Connor D, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2015) Commercial Wind Towers for Heating and Cooling Based on Climatic Conditions, Natural Ventilation: Strategies, Health Implications and Impacts on the Environment RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Shahzad SS, Hughes BR, Brennan J & Theodossopoulos D (2015) Thermal comfort and energy efficiency in a naturally ventilated office: CFD, BES and a field study, Natural Ventilation: Strategies, Health Implications and Impacts on the Environment RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR, Chaudhry HN & Ghani SA (2014) CFD investigation of the ventilation and thermal performance of a wind tower design integrated with heat transfer devices In Al-Baghdadi MA (Ed.), Computational Fluid Dynamics Applications in Green Design (pp. 23-46). International Energy and Environment Foundation RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Binti Mohd Nasir SDN, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2016) Analysis of the Impact of Urban Configuration on Road Solar Collector. 11th Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES), Lisbon11th Sustainab, 24 September 2016 - 24 September 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aquino AI, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2016) The Development of Wind Belts for Autonomous Power Supply. Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI),, Vol. 1. Exeter, 1 August 2016 - 1 August 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad SS, Theodossopoulos D, Hughes BR, Calautit JK & Brennan J (2016) The Accuracy of Thermal Comfort Zone, ASHRAE Standard 55-2013. CIBSE Technical Symposium 2016 - 'Integration for whole life building performance'. UK, 14 April 2016 - 15 April 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad S, Calautit JK, Hughes BR, Theodossopoulos D & Brennan J (2016) Thermal Comfort and Energy: CFD, BES and Field Study in a British Open Plan Office with Displacement Ventilation. Proceedings of 9th Windsor Conference: Making Comfort Relevant. UK, 7 April 2016 - 10 April 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O'Connor D & Hughes BR (2015) Natural Ventilation Wind Tower Incorporated with Heat Pipe Heat Recovery for Cold Climates. The 8th International Cold Climate HVAC Conference. China, 20 October 2015 - 23 October 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Connor D, Calautit J & Hughes BR (2015) Natural Ventilation Wind Tower with Passive Heat Recovery. Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. Croatia, 27 September 2015 - 3 October 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O' Connor D & Hughes BR (2015) CFD, wind tunnel and field-testing of a novel passive cooling wind catcher with horizontally-arranged heat transfer devices (HHTD) for hot and arid climates. Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. Croatia, 27 September 2015 - 3 October 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shazad SS, Brennan J, Theodossopoulos D, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) A Norwegian Cellular vs. A British Open Plan Office: Sick Building Syndrome, Energy and Thermal Control. The 5th World Sustainability Forum. Switzerland, 27 September 2015 - 29 September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Sofotasiou P (2015) Design and Optimisation of a Novel Passive Cooling Wind Tower. 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET). Nottingham, UK, 25 August 2015 - 27 August 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sofotasiou P, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) “Towards an integrated computational method to optimise design strategies for the built environment”. 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET). Nottingham, UK, 25 August 2015 - 27 August 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2015) Design and optimisation of a low-carbon ventilation technology for buildings in warm/hot climate. 29 Aug 2015. Reading, UK, 27 July 2015 - 29 July 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nasir DSNM, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) The Impact of Building Geometry on the Thermal Performance of Road Pavement Solar Collectors (RPSC). Sustainable Thermal Energy management Conference (SusTEM 2015). Newcastle, UK, 7 July 2015 - 8 July 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2015) Application of a Passive Cooling Wind Catcher within the Built Environment: Numerical and Experimental Analysis. Sustainable Thermal Energy management Conference (SusTEM 2015). Newcastle, UK, 7 July 2015 - 8 July 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Binti Mohd Nasir SDN, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) CFD Simulation of Integrating Solar Roads in Urban Canyon. USES 2015. Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad SS, Brennan J, Theodossopoulos D, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) Health, Energy and Thermal Comfort. USES 2015. Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR, Shahzad SS & Binti Mohd Nasir SDN (2015) Numerical Analysis of a Wind Catcher Assisted Passive Cooling Technology. USES 2015. Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O' Connor D, Hughes BR & Shahzad SS (2015) Performance Investigation of a Commercial Wind Catcher with Horizontally-arranged Heat Transfer Devices (HHTD). Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering. Singapore, 13 April 2015 - 14 April 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad SS, Brennan J, Theodossopoulos, D, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) Energy efficiency and comfort in the workplace: Norwegian cellular and British open plan. International Conference on Applied Energy. Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2015 - 31 March 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Connor D, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2015) Effect of Rotation Speed of a Rotary Wheel on Ventilation Supply Rates of Wind Tower. International Conference on Applied Energy. Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2015 - 31 March 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O' Connor D, Hughes BR & Shahzad SS (2015) Computational and Wind Tunnel Study of the Performance of a Multi-Directional Wind Tower with Heat Transfer Devices. International Conference on Applied Energy. Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2015 - 31 March 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sofotasiou P, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2014) Thermal Performance Evaluation of Semi-Outdoor Sport Stadia- A Case Study of the Upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 3rd International Conference on Energy in Buildings. Athens, Greece, 14 November 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Binti Mohd Nasir SDN, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2014) The Influence of Urban Geometry Aspect Ratio on Heating the Pavement Middle Layers: Potential in Passive Energy Collection. Regional Studies Association Conference. Sheffield, UK, 30 October 2014 - 31 October 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Shahzad SS (2014) Adapting Buildings to meet the Energy Challenge. Cities. Leeds, 10 July 2014 - 11 July 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2014) Passive Cooling: Wind towers to Football Stadiums. Energy Challenge and Mechanics. Aberdeen, 8 July 2014 - 10 July 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Ghani SA (2012) Numerical Investigation of the integration of heat transfer devices into wind towers. Applied Energy, 5 July 2012 - 8 July 2012. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Ghani SA (2012) Numerical Investigation of the Integration of Heat Transfer Devices Into Wind Tower. Chemical Engineering Transactions. Macedonia, 1 July 2012 - 7 July 2012. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hughes BR, Calautit JK & Chaudhry HN (2012) Advancement of Natural Ventilation Technologies for Sustainable Development. Earth Systems Engineering (pp 71-84). Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research, Newcastle University, U.K, 3 July 2012 - 5 July 2012. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Calautit JK (2013) Integration and application of passive cooling within a wind tower. RIS download Bibtex download