• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Philip Griffiths has worked at Ulster University since 1994.  He was appointed Professor of Building Physics in 2015. He was Head of the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment 2015-2019. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervises PhD students.

Philip is a building physicist, a fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Chartered Engineer, with a background in energy efficiency in buildings. He was initially employed at Ulster as a postdoc, during which time he researched novel vacuum glazing fabrication techniques using experimental performance testing and computer thermal modelling.  Since 2000 he has been researching novel use of phase change materials in buildings as energy storage and transport phenomena.  He also undertakes research into low energy buildings, building retrofit and associated thermal comfort conditions. Philip has a track record of attracting EU and EPSRC funded research.  He was one of two UK Experts on the EU ESF COST funded network Novel Phase Change Materials for Buildings and Renewable Energy Systems and recenlty was Ulster's lead on the EU H2020 funded INPATH-TES project.  

He was on the scientific committee for Eurotherm '99, held in Lleida in 2019, andserved on the scientific committee for Enerstock, 2021, held in Ljibljana, Slovenia.

He is currently serving on a working group of the Northern Ireland Building Regulations Advisory Committee, detailed with determining updates to the thermal regulations for buildings and the enactment of the European Performance of Buildings Directive in Northern Ireland. 

Philip is an active external examiner and is a member of the Energy Institute's Academic Accreditation Panel. He represents the Energy Institute on the Northern Ireland Parliament All-Party Group on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Research Interests

Thermal Comfort in buildings

Energy Storage in buildings and building systems.

Environmental pyschology and the built environment.

Teaching Interests

Health and Wellbeing in buildings

Indoor Environmental Quality - thermal, acoustics, visual

Building thermal modelling

Building services integration into building - HVAC, electrical, public health

Civil engineering and renewables

Rail transportation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Applied Energy, Cranfield University

Sept 1990Aug 1993

Award Date: 7 Jun 1995

Master, Applied Energy, Cranfield Institute of Technology

Oct 1989Sept 1990

Award Date: 5 Jun 1991

Bachelor, Applied Science: Resource Sciences, Kingston Polytechnic

Sept 1986Jun 1989

Award Date: 7 Oct 1989

External positions

Member Working Group, Department of Finance and Personel, Northern Ireland

1 Jan 2020 → …

External Examiner, Cardiff University

1 Sept 201830 Nov 2022

External Examiner, University College London

Sept 2017 → …

External Examiner, De Montfort University

Feb 2014Oct 2018


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