Dr. Kirk Shanks

Dr. Kirk Shanks


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering & IT
Academic Manager of the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand at Loughborough University; Director of Studies Dubai Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University Dubai and Research roles at Dublin Institute of Technology and University College Dublin.

Contact details

+971 4 279 1400 Ext: 466
+971 4 279 1490
kirk.shanks@buid.ac.ae

Higher education Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Postgraduate & Undergraduate); Higher education management (Postgraduate & Undergraduate); Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Project Manager of Research & Development Projects (National and European); Television Expert Presenter & Consultant; PhD, MRes and MSc Supervisor & Examiner; Publication Reviewer; Invited Speaker; Author; Architectural Engineer; Building Services Engineer.

 

Degrees / Professional Qualification’s

  • PG Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) Heriot-Watt University + Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD in Energy Studies Centre for Sustainable Technologies, University of Ulster, Jordanstown (UUJ)
  • MSc in Architecture: Environmental Design of Buildings. The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Wales.
  • BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering + Diploma in Industrial Studies University of Ulster, Jordanstown (UUJ)
  • HNC Building Services Engineering (Controls) Thames Valley University, Slough (previously Slough College)

Invited speaker

 

  • ‘Sustainable energy for the 21st Century: Can we ensure a bright future?’, Talk Science @ British Library, Oct 2012, The British Library London

  • ‘Future Energy Technologies’, London Climate Forum 2012, Imperial College London

  • ‘PASSES – National study on alternative energy systems to meet the requirements of the EPBD’, The Energy Show, SEI, RDS Industries Hall, Dublin, April 2007

  • ‘PASSES – Planning Assessment Software for Sustainable Energy Systems’, Sustainable design in building services – Applications in Ireland, CIBSE, Clontarf Castle, March 2007

  • ‘PASSES – National study on alternative energy systems’, European perspective on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, SEI, Gresham Hotel, Dublin, January 2007

  • ‘Timbers role in sustainable construction’, Timber Sector Training Initiative (TSTI), Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, 2005

  • ‘Energy and sustainability’, Timber Sector Training Initiative (TSTI), CityWest Hotel, Dublin, 2005

 

Articles

 

  • ‘Sustainability in the UAE The Role of Research and Innovation’, co-authored Dr Rehan Ahmed, Dr Hassam Chaudhry, Research Connect @ Dubai Newsletter, Knowledge and Human Development Authority Dubai UAE. Issue 1, 2015.

  • ‘Generation S – Sustainability Generation to change the face of Irish construction’, Construct Ireland, January 2006 

  • ‘The National Library of Ireland Redevelopment – Sustainability in Practice’, co-authored Sean Moylan, Irish Architect, Aug 2003 

  • ‘Achieving sustainability’, InView Focus on Technical Issues in Housing, May 2001 


Refereed Journals

  • ‘Evaluation of Available Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems and their Impact when Used in Commercial Buildings in the United Arab Emirates’, M. Soto.Conde, K. Shanks. International Journal of Sustainable Energy Development (accepted for publication March 2017)

  • ‘Adaptation of an Early Design Stage Tool for Assessment of Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) In Large UAE Buildings’, K. Shanks, International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems, Volume 8, No. 1 (2016)

  • ‘Retrofit Options to Reduce Climate Change Impacts on UAE Building Cooling Demands’, K. Shanks, International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems, Volume 8, No. 1 (2016)

  • ‘An empirical study of electricity and gas demand drivers in large food retail buildings of a national organisation’, M. Spyrou, K.Shanks, M. Cook, J.  Pitcher, R. Lee. Energy and Buildings, Jan 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2013.09.015

  •  ‘Appropriate Energy Efficient Building Envelope Technologies for Social Housing in the Irish Climate’, K. Shanks, B. Norton, S. N.G.Lo, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, June 2006 


Refereed Conferences

 

  • ‘Impacts of climate change on building cooling demands in the UAE.’ Shanks, K., & Nezamifar, E. (2013). SB13 Dubai: Advancing the Green Agenda Technology, Practices and Policies, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

  • ’Irish energy-use behaviour intervention initiatives for mass media communication’, Kirk Shanks, Aodhan MacPhaidin, 2009 Behaviour, Energy and Climate Change Conference, Washington DC, 2009

  • ‘Applying the scenarios method to project future Irish Greenhouse Gas emissions to 2020’, Tadhg O’Mahony, Kirk Shanks, John Sweeney, John Ratcliffe, International Energy Workshop 2008, Paris, France, 2008 

  • ‘Strategic energy planning decision-making from early to detailed design stages’, K. Shanks and P. Daly, PLEA 07, Singapore, November 2007

  • ‘Early design stage evaluation tool for sustainable energy systems in large new buildings’, K. Shanks, Sustainable Buildings 07, Sustainable Construction, Materials and Practices: Challenge of the Industry for the New Millennium, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2007  

  • ‘Energy impact of airtightness in Irish housing’, K. Shanks, G. Wardell, A. MacPhaidin, REMIC 2, Dublin, Ireland, April 2006 (poster) 

  • ‘Energy performance of Irish housing’, K. Shanks and G. Wardell, REMIC 2, Dublin, Ireland, April 2006 

  • ‘Energy performance of housing in the Greater Dublin Area’, K. Shanks and G. Wardell, Solar Cities Congress 2006, Oxford, April 2006 

  • ‘Energy efficient building envelope technologies for typical Northern Ireland housing’, K. Shanks, S.N.G. Lo and B. Norton, REMIC (Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates), Belfast, 2001 

  • ‘The deployment of energy efficient envelope technologies within the existing Northern Ireland social housing stock’, K. Shanks, S.N.G. Lo and B.Norton, ENTRÉE (European Environmental Engineering Education), University of Ulster, 2000 

 

- Member of Judging Panel, Cityscape Global 2016 Dubai (6th-8th Sep 2016) and 2017.
- Supervisor of EmiratesGBC Dr Owainati Student Excellence Award 2016 project winner Gabriela Maria Soto Conde (HWU Dubai)
- Supervisor of CIBSE The President’s Prize 2016 winner Ann Elezabeth Johny (HWU Dubai)
- Member of Judging Panel, Sustainable Building Show/Plan Expo Dublin Ireland 2006, 2007 and 2008
- Paper reviewer, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 2007
- Consultant, designing and implementing, ‘Green Hotel Challenge’ for Ashford Castle, Co Mayo 2008
- Input to development of a ‘renewables initiative’ to establish a cross-sectoral research cluster for the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC), under IBEC/CBI Joint Business Council
- Prior to 2010 - supervisor of 3 PhD students at Dublin Institute of Technology:
o ‘Irish greenhouse gas emissions to 2020’ (successfully completed 2010)
o ‘Reducing the life cycle impacts of 1980’s housing’  (left 2010 due to move to Loughborough Uni)
o ‘Driving behavioural change in domestic energy consumption’ (left 2010 due to move to Loughborough Uni)
- Software experience includes SPSS, AutoCAD R13, 14, 2000, HEVACOMP, Crystal Expert System, ESP-r, Ecotect, HTB-2, IESVE, Flovent CFD, Phoenics CFD, NHER, SAP, Linux (Red Hat), DEAP, HER, Townscope, EuroKobra, AnTherm 2D/3D, Estidama Pearl Building Rating System (PBRS), iSBEM, UK 2050 Calculator.
- Wind tunnel measurement and visualisation experience
- Monitoring and data logging systems, remote and stand-alone (temp, hum, gas, electricity, oil flow, climate parameters)
- Dwelling depressurisation testing, thermographic surveying and tracer gas testing
- External Examiner, Tipperary Institute, Certificate in Building Energy Rating
- Irish partner in successful EU Intelligent Energy Europe proposal ‘USE-Efficiency’, started June 2009
- PI of an EI Innovation Voucher project for ResourceKraft Ltd., Limerick, ‘State of the Art Review of Energy Use Behaviour in businesses.’
- Expert Evaluator, EACI, Intelligent Energy Europe (2007/08)
- Book proposal assessor for Wiley-Blackwell Publishers Ltd. (2009)
- Technical assessor for Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme (2009)
- Research Proposal Reviewer, ESRC/EPSRC (2010)
- External comments invited for Life cycle element of new exhibit in the Atmosphere Gallery, The Science Museum, London (2010)
- Internal Programme Reviewer, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, MRes Business and Economics (2011)
- Internal EngDoc Examiner (2012)
- Journal paper reviewer for Architectural Engineering and Design Management (2012)
- Paper reviewer for BSO12, IBPSA England Conference (2012)
- Abstract/Paper reviewer for Building Simulation 2013 (2012)
- PhD Primary Supervisor of 1 PhD investigating Building Integrated Thermo-electric Generators for UAE buildings (2015).
- Member of Judging Panel, Cityscape Global 2016 Dubai (6th-8th Sep 2016) and 2017.
- Supervisor of EmiratesGBC Dr Owainati Student Excellence Award 2016 project winner Gabriela Maria Soto Conde (HWU Dubai)
- Supervisor of CIBSE The President’s Prize 2016 winner Ann Elezabeth Johny (HWU Dubai)
- Member of Judging Panel, Sustainable Building Show/Plan Expo Dublin Ireland 2006, 2007 and 2008
- Paper reviewer, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 2007
- Consultant, designing and implementing, ‘Green Hotel Challenge’ for Ashford Castle, Co Mayo 2008
- Input to development of a ‘renewables initiative’ to establish a cross-sectoral research cluster for the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC), under IBEC/CBI Joint Business Council
- Prior to 2010 - supervisor of 3 PhD students at Dublin Institute of Technology:
o ‘Irish greenhouse gas emissions to 2020’ (successfully completed 2010)
o ‘Reducing the life cycle impacts of 1980’s housing’  (left 2010 due to move to Loughborough Uni)
o ‘Driving behavioural change in domestic energy consumption’ (left 2010 due to move to Loughborough Uni)
- Software experience includes SPSS, AutoCAD R13, 14, 2000, HEVACOMP, Crystal Expert System, ESP-r, Ecotect, HTB-2, IESVE, Flovent CFD, Phoenics CFD, NHER, SAP, Linux (Red Hat), DEAP, HER, Townscope, EuroKobra, AnTherm 2D/3D, Estidama Pearl Building Rating System (PBRS), iSBEM, UK 2050 Calculator.
- Wind tunnel measurement and visualisation experience
- Monitoring and data logging systems, remote and stand-alone (temp, hum, gas, electricity, oil flow, climate parameters)
- Dwelling depressurisation testing, thermographic surveying and tracer gas testing
- External Examiner, Tipperary Institute, Certificate in Building Energy Rating
- Irish partner in successful EU Intelligent Energy Europe proposal ‘USE-Efficiency’, started June 2009
- PI of an EI Innovation Voucher project for ResourceKraft Ltd., Limerick, ‘State of the Art Review of Energy Use Behaviour in businesses.’
- Expert Evaluator, EACI, Intelligent Energy Europe (2007/08)
- Book proposal assessor for Wiley-Blackwell Publishers Ltd. (2009)
- Technical assessor for Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme (2009)
- Research Proposal Reviewer, ESRC/EPSRC (2010)
- External comments invited for Life cycle element of new exhibit in the Atmosphere Gallery, The Science Museum, London (2010)
- Internal Programme Reviewer, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, MRes Business and Economics (2011)
- Internal EngDoc Examiner (2012)
- Journal paper reviewer for Architectural Engineering and Design Management (2012)
- Paper reviewer for BSO12, IBPSA England Conference (2012)
- Abstract/Paper reviewer for Building Simulation 2013 (2012)
- PhD Primary Supervisor of 1 PhD investigating Building Integrated Thermo-electric Generators for UAE buildings (2015).
- Member of Judging Panel, Cityscape Global 2016 Dubai (6th-8th Sep 2016) and 2017.
- Supervisor of EmiratesGBC Dr Owainati Student Excellence Award 2016 project winner Gabriela Maria Soto Conde (HWU Dubai)
- Supervisor of CIBSE The President’s Prize 2016 winner Ann Elezabeth Johny (HWU Dubai)
- Member of Judging Panel, Sustainable Building Show/Plan Expo Dublin Ireland 2006, 2007 and 2008
- Paper reviewer, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 2007
- Consultant, designing and implementing, ‘Green Hotel Challenge’ for Ashford Castle, Co Mayo 2008
- Input to development of a ‘renewables initiative’ to establish a cross-sectoral research cluster for the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC), under IBEC/CBI Joint Business Council
- Prior to 2010 - supervisor of 3 PhD students at Dublin Institute of Technology:
o ‘Irish greenhouse gas emissions to 2020’ (successfully completed 2010)
o ‘Reducing the life cycle impacts of 1980’s housing’  (left 2010 due to move to Loughborough Uni)
o ‘Driving behavioural change in domestic energy consumption’ (left 2010 due to move to Loughborough Uni)
- Software experience includes SPSS, AutoCAD R13, 14, 2000, HEVACOMP, Crystal Expert System, ESP-r, Ecotect, HTB-2, IESVE, Flovent CFD, Phoenics CFD, NHER, SAP, Linux (Red Hat), DEAP, HER, Townscope, EuroKobra, AnTherm 2D/3D, Estidama Pearl Building Rating System (PBRS), iSBEM, UK 2050 Calculator.
- Wind tunnel measurement and visualisation experience
- Monitoring and data logging systems, remote and stand-alone (temp, hum, gas, electricity, oil flow, climate parameters)
- Dwelling depressurisation testing, thermographic surveying and tracer gas testing
- External Examiner, Tipperary Institute, Certificate in Building Energy Rating
- Irish partner in successful EU Intelligent Energy Europe proposal ‘USE-Efficiency’, started June 2009
- PI of an EI Innovation Voucher project for ResourceKraft Ltd., Limerick, ‘State of the Art Review of Energy Use Behaviour in businesses.’
- Expert Evaluator, EACI, Intelligent Energy Europe (2007/08)
- Book proposal assessor for Wiley-Blackwell Publishers Ltd. (2009)
- Technical assessor for Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme (2009)
- Research Proposal Reviewer, ESRC/EPSRC (2010)
- External comments invited for Life cycle element of new exhibit in the Atmosphere Gallery, The Science Museum, London (2010)
- Internal Programme Reviewer, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, MRes Business and Economics (2011)
- Internal EngDoc Examiner (2012)
- Journal paper reviewer for Architectural Engineering and Design Management (2012)
- Paper reviewer for BSO12, IBPSA England Conference (2012)
- Abstract/Paper reviewer for Building Simulation 2013 (2012)
- PhD Primary Supervisor of 1 PhD investigating Building Integrated Thermo-electric Generators for UAE buildings (2015).
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