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McDowell, Clayton Dr. (pronouns he/him)

UOW PERL Fellow

  • Associate Research Fellow - Sustainable Buildings Research Centre – University of Wollongong 2019 -
  • Project Manager/Student Leader - Team UOW - Desert Rose House 2016 - 2019

Overview


Clayton McDowell was awarded a PERL fellowship at the SBRC in July 2021 with a research focus on examining the effect of action oriented educational experiences like the Solar Decathlon on graduate industry ready skills.

Clayton previously worked as a Research Associate at the SBRC where he managed the ARENA and AIRAH funded Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub) project. This project is studying innovative technologies in education and aged care facilities.

Clayton is a member of Engineers Australia and has numerous years of experience working in heavy manufacturing across Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Engineering Practice from the University of Wollongong. Clayton’s PhD research investigated energy consumption patterns and internal thermal environments of elderly low-income residential buildings across the Greater Illawarra NSW for the purpose of informing future energy efficiency policies and programs.

Clayton’s PhD research motivated him to establish Team UOW’s second Solar Decathlon entry for the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition. From 2016-2019 Clayton was the Project Manager and Student Team Leader for Team UOW’s Desert Rose House which had an emphasis on improving the quality of life for those living with aged related disabilities with a keen focus on dementia. Team UOW won overall Second Prize with Gold medals in Innovation, Comfort Conditions, Silver in Energy Efficiency and Bronze in Sustainability, House functioning. Clayton and the Team have gone on to win numerous Australian awards including the Australian Engineering Excellence Award by Engineers Australia, Sydney Division, as well as the Australian Institute of Buildings Professional of the Year Award 2019.

Clayton is passionate about sustainable buildings and construction methods with a particular interest in retrofitting of existing buildings to improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research interests:

    • Energy efficient building design with a particular interest in vulnerable communities;
    • Retrofitting strategies for existing residential buildings;
    • Passive design strategies;
    • Modular construction and advanced manufacturing techniques for buildings;
    • Building energy modelling;
    • Building energy regulations, standards, and rating schemes;
    • Action oriented education.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Evaluation of Retrofitting Commercial and Industrial Buildings for Energy Efficiency and Improved Work Environments Pickup, Craig

Education And Training


  • D.Phil., SBRC/MMMB/EIS, Thesis Title: Energy Consumption and Indoor Air Temperatures in the Homes of Low-Income Elderly Australians 2021
  • M.E. in Engingeering Practice - Mechanical 2011 - 2012
  • B.E. in Mechanical, Thesis Topic: Heliostat Design for Increased Thermal and Lighting Efficiencies of Buildings 2005 - 2009

Awards And Honors


Full Name


  • Mr Clayton McDowell

Mailing Address


  • Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)

    Building 237, Innovation Campus, Squires Way

    North Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research interests:

    • Energy efficient building design with a particular interest in vulnerable communities;
    • Retrofitting strategies for existing residential buildings;
    • Passive design strategies;
    • Modular construction and advanced manufacturing techniques for buildings;
    • Building energy modelling;
    • Building energy regulations, standards, and rating schemes;
    • Action oriented education.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Evaluation of Retrofitting Commercial and Industrial Buildings for Energy Efficiency and Improved Work Environments Pickup, Craig

Education And Training


  • D.Phil., SBRC/MMMB/EIS, Thesis Title: Energy Consumption and Indoor Air Temperatures in the Homes of Low-Income Elderly Australians 2021
  • M.E. in Engingeering Practice - Mechanical 2011 - 2012
  • B.E. in Mechanical, Thesis Topic: Heliostat Design for Increased Thermal and Lighting Efficiencies of Buildings 2005 - 2009

Awards And Honors


Full Name


  • Mr Clayton McDowell

Mailing Address


  • Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)

    Building 237, Innovation Campus, Squires Way

    North Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia