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Ledo Gomis, Laia

Associate Research Fellow

  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Primary Group - Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

Overview


Laia Ledo graduated as Industrial Engineer at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) in 2009. Thereafter, she undertook her Master of Research (Effect of diffuser augmented micro wind turbines features on device performance, from 2010-2011) at University of Wollongong. In 2011, she started her PhD on energy efficiency and thermal comfort upgrades for higher educational buildings at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). Since completing her PhD, Laia has undertaken research in assessing the performance of educational and residential buildings. She was part of the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program team, whereby the energy and thermal performance of two-hundred low income households were evaluated. The outcomes of these evaluations were employed to improve the investigated buildings performance via the implementation of retrofits. She has extensive experience in building performance simulation (BPS) of residential buildings as well as commercial buildings. Her research included investigating the effects of various retrofits and design improvements on the cooling and heating demand of different building typologies across Australia via BPS.

Top Publications


Research Overview


    • Thermal comfort and Indoor Environmental Quality;
    • Building performance evaluation;
    • Building performance simulation;
    • Building energy rating schemes.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Applied Energy
    Volume
    251
    Pages
    113169-1 - 113169-11
    ISSN
    0306-2619
    2017

    Published In
    Energy Procedia
    Volume
    121
    Pages
    18 - 25
    2017

    Published In
    Energy Procedia
    Volume
    121
    Pages
    174 - 181
    2012

    Published In
    Energy and Buildings
    Volume
    55
    Pages
    889 - 902
    ISSN
    0378-7788
    2011

    Published In
    Renewable Energy
    Volume
    36
    Pages
    1379 - 1391
    ISSN
    0960-1481
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2016

    Published In
    CLIMA 2016 - proceedings of the 12th REHVA World Congress
    Pages
    1 - 10
    2012

    Published In
    12th Annual Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Conference 2012
    Pages
    2 - 12

Impact Story


  • In July 2018 ASBEC and ClimateWorks Australia released their report: <em><a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code</a></em>. The report presents the findings of the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project, an industry-led effort to support long-term improvements to the energy requirements of the National Construction Code.<br /> <br />Built to Perform was produced with the support of the <a href="http://lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/research/program-3-engaged-communities/sp0016-building-code-energy-performance-trajectory-project-2" title="Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living</em></a>, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project was delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action, Strategy Policy Research and the <em><a href="https://sbrc.uow.edu.au/index.html" title="Sustainable Buildings Research Centre" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sustainable Buildings Research Centre</a></em> at the University of Wollongong, with oversight by ASBEC’s Building Code Task Group.<br /><br />The report recommends that the States, Territories and the Commonwealth:<br /><ol><li>Commit to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code, as part of a transition to net zero carbon new buildings by 2030. This would mean setting energy efficiency targets, and introducing net energy targets.</li><li>Deliver a step change in the energy requirements in the 2022 Code, with a strong focus on residential, and a further incremental increase in non-residential requirements.</li><li>Expand the scope of the Code and progress complementary measures, to prepare for future sustainability challenges and opportunities, including health, peak demand, maintainability, electric vehicles and embodied carbon.</li></ol><br />The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was a key contributor to the project by completing an extensive number of building energy simulations for the project for numerous design changes to three defined archetype buildings (an apartment, an attached townhouse, and a detached standalone house) across four Australian climate zones. Please find a link to the <em>Built to Perform</em> report <a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. The full Final Technical Report containing the evidence supporting the <em>Built to Perform,</em> is currently being compiled by the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project partners, and includes the University of Wollongong building energy simulation results, and will be released in August 2018.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Thermal comfort and energy efficiency in vulnerable households.
    • Assessment of non-energy benefits arising from energy efficiency upgrades in the Australian context.
    • Existing building rating tools versus real buildings performance 

Education And Training


  • Ph.D., University of Wollongong, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, Energy efficiency and thermal comfort upgrades for higher education buildings 2011 - 2016
  • Master of Science - Research (Faculty of Engineering), University of Wollongong, School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering (MMMB), Effect of diffuser augmented micro wind turbines features on device performance 2010 - 2011
  • I.E. in Fluid Mechanics, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering 2002 - 2009

Top Publications


Research Overview


    • Thermal comfort and Indoor Environmental Quality;
    • Building performance evaluation;
    • Building performance simulation;
    • Building energy rating schemes.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Applied Energy
    Volume
    251
    Pages
    113169-1 - 113169-11
    ISSN
    0306-2619
    2017

    Published In
    Energy Procedia
    Volume
    121
    Pages
    18 - 25
    2017

    Published In
    Energy Procedia
    Volume
    121
    Pages
    174 - 181
    2012

    Published In
    Energy and Buildings
    Volume
    55
    Pages
    889 - 902
    ISSN
    0378-7788
    2011

    Published In
    Renewable Energy
    Volume
    36
    Pages
    1379 - 1391
    ISSN
    0960-1481
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2016

    Published In
    CLIMA 2016 - proceedings of the 12th REHVA World Congress
    Pages
    1 - 10
    2012

    Published In
    12th Annual Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Conference 2012
    Pages
    2 - 12

Impact Story


  • In July 2018 ASBEC and ClimateWorks Australia released their report: <em><a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code</a></em>. The report presents the findings of the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project, an industry-led effort to support long-term improvements to the energy requirements of the National Construction Code.<br /> <br />Built to Perform was produced with the support of the <a href="http://lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/research/program-3-engaged-communities/sp0016-building-code-energy-performance-trajectory-project-2" title="Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living</em></a>, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project was delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action, Strategy Policy Research and the <em><a href="https://sbrc.uow.edu.au/index.html" title="Sustainable Buildings Research Centre" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sustainable Buildings Research Centre</a></em> at the University of Wollongong, with oversight by ASBEC’s Building Code Task Group.<br /><br />The report recommends that the States, Territories and the Commonwealth:<br /><ol><li>Commit to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code, as part of a transition to net zero carbon new buildings by 2030. This would mean setting energy efficiency targets, and introducing net energy targets.</li><li>Deliver a step change in the energy requirements in the 2022 Code, with a strong focus on residential, and a further incremental increase in non-residential requirements.</li><li>Expand the scope of the Code and progress complementary measures, to prepare for future sustainability challenges and opportunities, including health, peak demand, maintainability, electric vehicles and embodied carbon.</li></ol><br />The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was a key contributor to the project by completing an extensive number of building energy simulations for the project for numerous design changes to three defined archetype buildings (an apartment, an attached townhouse, and a detached standalone house) across four Australian climate zones. Please find a link to the <em>Built to Perform</em> report <a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. The full Final Technical Report containing the evidence supporting the <em>Built to Perform,</em> is currently being compiled by the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project partners, and includes the University of Wollongong building energy simulation results, and will be released in August 2018.

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Thermal comfort and energy efficiency in vulnerable households.
    • Assessment of non-energy benefits arising from energy efficiency upgrades in the Australian context.
    • Existing building rating tools versus real buildings performance 

Education And Training


  • Ph.D., University of Wollongong, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, Energy efficiency and thermal comfort upgrades for higher education buildings 2011 - 2016
  • Master of Science - Research (Faculty of Engineering), University of Wollongong, School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering (MMMB), Effect of diffuser augmented micro wind turbines features on device performance 2010 - 2011
  • I.E. in Fluid Mechanics, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering 2002 - 2009
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