Dr Aaron Gillich
Director of the BSRIA LSBU Innovation Centre, MSc Building Services Engineering and MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
Telephone:020 7815 7194
School/Division:Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Aaron teaches in the field of energy and building services engineering. He is currently working on the Balanced Energy Networks (BEN) project focusing on the energy trilemma of delivering a low cost, low carbon, secure energy system. He is also leading the Home Energy 4 Tomorrow (HE4T) project designing and testing a hybrid heat pump and looking at heat recovery from water utilities.
Aaron graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada with a bachelor of aerospace engineering in 2004. He then moved to Halifax, Canada where he did a research masters in Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary’s University. In 2008 he moved to the UK and began working in London as a consulting engineer in building physics. He did energy modelling and sustainability strategy work until 2011 when he went back to school to pursue his PhD in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.
Aaron joined LSBU as a Research Fellow in 2014 in the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB). He currently works as Associate Professor in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture. Aaron’s professional interests cover a wide range of energy and sustainability issues, primarily focusing on the energy trilemma of delivering a low cost, low carbon, secure energy system.
Aaron currently teaches a range of topics in the School for the Built Environment and Architecture including:
- Thermal Environment Acoustics and Lighting
- Internal Environment and Comfort
- Heat and Mass Transfer Applications
- Energy Resource and Use Analysis
- Environmental Management
Aaron’s research interests centre on the UK energy trilemma of delivering a low cost, low carbon, secure energy system. He is particularly interested in the field of low carbon heat and the intersection of technical and policy challenges in meeting the UK’s 2050 carbon targets.
His research background considered domestic retrofit program and policy implementation. From February 2017-18 he worked with the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on secondment to the Energy Transformation Directorate. His role was supporting and developing technical research to inform policy design.
He is currently working on the following research projects:
- PI – The Home Energy 4 Tomorrow (HE4T) project developing and testing a hybrid heat pump and links with water utilities.
- Co-I – The Balanced Energy Network (BEN) project building a prototype heat network that balances the delivery of heat across the LSBU campus using heat pumps, borehole thermal storage, and a demand side response control system.
- Director of Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)
- Academic Chair - Building Services Industrial Advisory Group
- Energy Institute - Member, CEng, and Chartered Energy Engineer
- Higher Education Academy - Fellow