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Dr Andy Shea is a Senior Lecturer in Building Physics in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering.

Andy Shea joined the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering in December 2008, having previously held the positions of Research Engineer at the former BBSRC Silsoe Research Institute, Senior Researcher at Oxford University, and Research Assistant at the University of Sheffield. Additionally, Andy has many years’ experience in the construction industry, having worked as both engineering design consultant and contractor. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, and the Wind Engineering Society. Andy is a winner of CIBSE´s prestigious Leon Gaster Award and Napier Shaw Bronze Medal.  He is referee for a number of international journals.


Andy's main research interests and experience span a range of building environmental performance themes primarily the thermal performance of building materials, natural ventilation of buildings, lighting, and development of building energy simulation models. He has strong links to industry and works closely with designers and manufacturers engaged in the development of low-impact materials for use in construction. His research has been supported by a variety of funders including, EPSRC, TSB, and UK industry. Current and recent research EPSRC funded projects EP/N021479/1 FITS-LCD: Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage for Low-Carbon Dwellings and EP/J019917/1- Resolving uncertainty in the thermal performance of natural fibre insulation materials; TSB Project 450002 - Bath Campus Building Energy Performance Evaluation, as well as a range of industry and KTP-funded projects.

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Hygrothermal performance of Natural Fibre Insulation (NFI) materials
  • Retrofit applications for NFI & Cost-Effective Building Superinsulation Systems
  • Building energy performance evaluation and simulation including FEA of heat transfer effects in building components 

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Projects 2009 2019

Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage for Low Carbon Dwellings

Shea, A.


Project: Research council

Hot Temperature
Water tanks
Thermal energy


Lawrence, R., Ansell, M., Holley, J., Shea, A. & Walker, P.


Project: EU Commission

Insulating materials
Thermal insulation
Composite materials


Lawrence, R., Shea, A. & Walker, P.


Project: EU Commission

ECO-SEE RTD WP 1-5, 8 & 11

Walker, P., Ball, R., Lawrence, R. & Shea, A.


Project: EU Commission

KTP with Mach acoustics

Lo, S. & Shea, A.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1999 2018

2 Citations
Mineral wool
Boundary conditions
2 Citations

Assessing domestic heat storage requirements for energy flexibility over varying timescales

Allison, J., Bell, K., Clarke, J., Cowie, A., Elsayed, A., Flett, G., Oluleye, G., Hawkes, A., Hawker, G., Kelly, N., de Castro, M. M. M., Sharpe, T., Shea, A., Strachan, P. & Tuohy, P., 25 May 2018, In : Applied Thermal Engineering. 136, p. 602-616 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Heat storage
Space heating
Phase change materials
Thermal load

Full-scale simulation of indoor humidity and moisture buffering properties of clay

Cascione, V., Maskell, D., Shea, A. & Walker, P., 2018, (Accepted/In press). 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Atmospheric humidity
Water vapor

Innovative fabric integrated thermal storage systems and applications

Elsayed, A., Shea, A., Kelly, N. & Allison, J., Mar 2018, Innovative fabric integrated thermal storage systems and applications. 5 p.

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

Open Access
2 Citations

Wood waste as an alternative thermal insulation for buildings

Cetiner, I. & Shea, A. D., 1 Jun 2018, In : Energy and Buildings. 168, p. 374-384 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wood wastes
Thermal insulation
Natural fibers
Water vapor


Experimental Assessment and Thermal Characterisation of Lightweight Co-Polymer Building Envelope Materials

Author: Dimitriadou, E., 11 Mar 2015

Supervisor: Lo, S. (Supervisor) & Shea, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Hygrothermal performance of Moso bamboo-based building material

Author: Huang, P., 25 May 2017

Supervisor: Chang, W. (Supervisor), Ansell, M. (Supervisor), Chew, Y. (Supervisor) & Shea, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Moisture Buffering Capacity of Unfired Clay Masonry

Author: Mcgregor, F., 11 Nov 2014

Supervisor: Heath, A. (Supervisor), Shea, A. (Supervisor) & Fodde, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Natural Fibre Insulation Materials for Retrofit Applications

Author: Holcroft, N., 23 Nov 2016

Supervisor: Shea, A. (Supervisor) & Walker, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD