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Manuela de Castro is a Research Associate inthe Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Her areas of interest extend to passive and low energy architecture, climate resilient design, building thermal modelling, energy efficiencyand sustainable energy technologies in buildings, thermal comfort,natural ventilation, thermal energy storage in buildings, ground-integrated architecture and ground thermal energy.

Manuela has a degree in Interior Design from the Escola Superior de Artes Decorativas in Lisbon. She graduated witha M.Sc. in Multimedia Engineering from the Nottingham Trent University and a M.Sc. in Renewable Energy and Architecture from the University of Nottingham. She holds a PhD in Architecture Science from the University of Nottingham, which was funded by the EPSRC, through the High Fliers PhD Excellence Scholarship, attributed by the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham. Her thesis examines the heating and cooling potential of ground-integrated buildings on slope terrains. This study analyses the effects produced by slope integration levels and types of slope building design.

Manuela joined the University of Bath in 2019 working on the Healthy Housing for the Displaced funded by the EPSRC. Prior to joining the University of Bath, Manuela worked as a Researcher in Architecture Environment at the Glasgow School of Art. She joined the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) in 2016, researching on the Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage for Low-Carbon Dwellings (FITS-LCD). This multi-disciplinary project was a research collaboration between the Universities of Strathclyde, Imperial College UCL, and Bath University, and it was funded by the EPSRC.

Education/Academic qualification

Interior Design, Bachelor of Design, Escola Superior de Artes Decorativas

Multimedia Engineering, Master of Science, Nottingham Trent University

Renewable Energy and Architecture, Master of Science, University of Nottingham

IBT/ISET (Institute of Building Technology/Institute of Sustainable Energy Technology), Doctor of Engineering, University of Nottingham


  • Energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies in buildings
  • Fabric integrated thermal storage
  • Building thermal simulations
  • Ground integrated architecture

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Research Output 2016 2019

A Taxonomy of Fabric Integrated Thermal Energy Storage

Marinho De Castro, M. M., Sharpe, T., Kelly, N. & Allison, J., 20 Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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A Taxonomy of Fabric Integrated Thermal Energy Storage: A review of storage types and building locations

Marinho De Castro, M. M., Sharpe, T., Kelly, N. & Allison, J., 26 Jan 2018, In : Future Cities and Environment. 4(1), 5, p. 1-10 10 p.

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Domestic thermal storage requirements for heat demand flexibility

Allison, J., Bell, K., Clarke, J., Cowie, A., Elsayed Ali Hussin, A., Flett, G., Oluleye, G., Hawker, G., Kelly, N., Marinho De Castro, M. M., Sharpe, T., Shea, A. & Strachan, P., 28 Jun 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Effect of slope angle on energy performance of ground-integrated buildings on slope terrain

Marinho De Castro, M. M. & Gadi, M. B., 1 Feb 2017, In : International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning. 12, 2, p. 283-293 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

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